China Protesters Mark Anniversary Of Leader’s Death

From Reuters:

Dissidents, friends and ragged protesters on Saturday marked four years since the of Chinese leader Zhao Ziyang, nearly 20 years after the Tiananmen crackdown that brought his downfall.

Zhao was ousted as chief of the ruling Communist in 1989, when he split with Party elder ’s decision to crush pro-democracy sweeping the capital.

Until his death in 2005, Zhao was under secretive house arrest. On anniversaries of that date, his family home in central Beijing becomes a magnet for reformist well-wishers and aggrieved citizens who see him as an enlightened leader.

This Saturday was no different and marked a low-key start to a year of sensitive anniversaries for China.

In the morning, fewer people gathered compared with previous years, and there were no violent clashes with the plainclothes officers guarding the traditional courtyard home where Zhao’s family waited to receive friends and kin.

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