China Brushes Aside Zhao’s Tiananmen Memoirs

From Reuters:

A Chinese government spokesman on Tuesday brushed aside questions about a top official purged for opposing the armed crackdown on pro- protesters in 1989, saying the official verdict on the demonstrations still stood.

Zhao Ziyang, who died in 2005 after years under house arrest, secretly recorded memories of his time at the apex of Communist Party power and his ousting by Party hardliners in 1989.

He denounced the killings of protesters and onlookers around Tiananmen Square 20 years ago as a tragedy and rejected the government claim that the protests were an anti-Communist conspiracy.

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