Robert Marquand: Zhao remembered, but cautiously

P6A From the Christan Science Monitor:

Wang Bei tried to attend former Chinese leader ’s funeral on Saturday. He even got an invitation from the Zhao family. But professor Wang, not a dissident and not even very well known, was stopped at his door by Chinese security, taken to a distant suburb – and only let go hours after the funeral.

China continues to treat former premier Zhao Ziyang, who sided with pro- students at Tiananmen Square, as irrelevant to modern China. For the first time ever, no eulogy was given at the funeral of a former No. 1 leader. Yet the massive size of the largely invisible security campaign to minimize Zhao’s unpublicized funeral, involving thousands of police and security, and a similar phalanx of Web and news censors, and informers – suggests that the Communist Party of China remains fearful of the popular memory of the man.

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