Bold Remembrances for a Chinese Reformer


April 15, 2013 9:52 pm

[The Wall Street Journal]

By Russell Leigh Moses

Hu’s back.

Not former Communist Party leader and President Hu Jintao, but rather Hu Yaobang, the deposed reformist Party Secretary whose death on April 15th in 1989 helped trigger the anti-Party protests that culminated in the tragic crackdown on the Tiananmen Square demonstrations a month and half later.

April 15th is almost as sensitive an anniversary in China as the actual suppression of the protests that began on the evening of June 3rd.  For years, the day passed with little mention of its significance in official media as the Party tried desperately to suppress anything that would revive positive memories of a movement it has always cast as a “counterrevolutionary rebellion.”