A number of people, including former Communist Party officials and civilians, paid tribute to the late party leader Hu Yaobang at his grave in Gongqing in Jiujiang city in Jiangxi province on Tuesday, the 25th anniversary of his death, Ming Pao Daily reported Wednesday.
Hu Dehua, the former leader’s third son, said at a ceremony that all people having a conscience will remember his father. Hu Yaobao’s exit from the political scene in 1987 had once led to halt of political reform, the son said, adding that a new media law that had been pushed by his father has never been realized.
He said his father’s 100th birth anniversary will arrive in 2015, but so far the central government has not replied to the family’s request for holding a commemorative event that year at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People.
Meanwhile, Metro Hong Kong reported Wednesday that Chen Yizi, an advisor to former party chief Zhao Zhiyang who succeeded Hu Yaobang, died in the United States on Sunday. Chen was known as a campaigner for systemic reform in China. He had opposed the violent state crackdown on student protesters in Tiananmen Square in 1989.
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