China Defends Tiananmen Crackdown Following Zhao’s Death

From VOA News: “China is defending its 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators at Tiananmen Square following the death this week of purged Communist Party leader.

The comments came as the Chinese government downplayed the life and career of the former leader because of fears that his passing might trigger new protests.

The death of 85-year-old former party leader revived old questions of whether the Chinese government would reassess the 1989 student-led demonstrations. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, were killed when the government used guns and tanks against mostly young, unarmed demonstrators in what officials term a counterrevolutionary rebellion.”

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