Date
24 September 2017
Sohu.com devotes a page to commemorate the 25th death anniversary of former Communist Party leader Hu Yaobang. Photo: Sohu.com
Sohu.com devotes a page to commemorate the 25th death anniversary of former Communist Party leader Hu Yaobang. Photo: Sohu.com

Hu Yaobang son slams govt over Tiananmen Square

Hu Dehua {胡德華}, the third son of the late Communist Party leader Hu Yaobang {胡耀邦}, called on China’s new leadership to reassess the 1989 protest movement by pro-democracy students, saying they had done nothing wrong and should be given due credit in history, Ming Pao Daily reported Tuesday.

Speaking during a visit to his father’s grave in Gongqing in Jiujiang city, Jiangxi province, on Monday, the eve of his father’s 25th death anniversary, Hu Dehua said the government’s attempt to cover up the truth about the “June 4th incident” was disrespectful of the memory of the students who died in the violent state crackdown of the Tiananmen Square protests.

Hu Yaobang’s death on April 15, 1989 is considered to have inspired the students to launch the massive protests.

In a separate interview with the South China Morning Post, Hu Dehua said China had missed a golden opportunity at political reform in the 1980s, and he remained doubtful if it could be achieved.

He also lamented that there is no law to protect basic rights such as freedom of the press in China, the report said.

Hu Yaobang’s name is seldom mentioned in China’s official media. But on the occasion of his 25th death anniversary, Sohu.com devoted a page to articles, quotes and photos of the former leader. 

Last Friday, former president Hu Jintao {胡錦濤} made a surprise visit to Hu Yaobang’s former home in Liuyang, Hunan province.

President Xi Jinping’s {習近平} father, Xi Zhongxun {習仲勛}, was a key ally of Hu Yaobang’s.

– Contact HKEJ at [email protected]

TL/AC/CG

 

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