Date
19 January 2017
Armed police stand guard in Tiananmen Square Wednesday, the day before the 26th anniversary of the 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protests. Bao Tong (inset) has been removed from his home. Photos: AFP, Wikipedia
Armed police stand guard in Tiananmen Square Wednesday, the day before the 26th anniversary of the 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protests. Bao Tong (inset) has been removed from his home. Photos: AFP, Wikipedia

Bao Tong forced to ‘temporarily disappear’ before June 4

Days before the 26th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown on June 4, 1989, the central government arranged for some prominent dissidents to “temporarily disappear”, Ming Pao Daily reported Thursday.

Bao Tong, a close aide of the late Chinese premier and Communist Party chief Zhao Ziyang, was taken away from his residence in Beijing by officers from the Bureau of Internal Security Protection under the Ministry of Public Security on May 30, Bao’s wife, Jiang Zongcao, said.

Jiang told Radio Free Asia the officers unexpectedly came to their home and told Bao to pack before taking him out of town along with his granddaughter.

She has no idea where he was taken but expects him to be somewhere farther away than the suburbs of Beijing.

Jiang said there is no way she can pay him a visit.

It is not the first time something like this has happened to Bao.

Last year, also on the eve of June 4, he was forced to “travel” to his hometown in Haining, Zhejiang province. He returned on June 11.

Bao, 83, who supports the people of Hongkong in their call for genuine universal suffrage, was under house arrest for a long time because of his close association with Zhao, who was purged for supporting the 1989 student movement.

When Zhao was premier from 1980 to 1987, Bao was his policy secretary.

Meanwhile, Ma Xiaoming, a former TV reporter and a well-known human rights activist, was also unexpectedly taken away from his home in Xi’an, Shaanxi province, Tuesday and detained.

Several others were subjected to similar treatment, the report said.

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