Zhao Ziyang Still Missed by People Even Now
January 17 is the ninth anniversary of the death of Chinese
Communist Party (CCP) General Secretary Zhao Ziyang.
In the past nine years, people have gone to Beijing No. 6
Fuqiang Hutong to honor him at the time of his birth and death.
Why do people miss this old man even though he was under
house arrest by Deng Xiaoping and Jiang Zemin for 15 years?
On January 7, NTD interviewed researcher Mr. Yao Jianfu
from the Rural Policy Research Office of the CCP Central
Committee. He met Zhao Ziyang during his house arrest.
Let’s see the details.
On January 17 2005, Zhao Ziyang died. A 85-year-old man
who passed away peacefully after 15 years of house arrest.
He is also the former CCP General Secretary persecuted by
two generations of the top leaders because of opposition to
the “Tiananmen massacre".
In the past 8 years, people just came to No 6 Fuqiang Hutong,
Zhao Ziyang’s former home by Beijing Dongcheng District
Wangfujing St. to commemorate him on his birthday and
anniversary.They always got beaten up by national security.
82-year-old researcher Yao Jianfu from CCP Central Rural
Policy Research Office was one of few people to pass the
check to meet Zhao Ziyang.
Yao Jianfu: “He would rather bear suffering by himself to
pursue the truth even under under dictatorship rule and his
actions are missed by people..
It’s rare among CCP leaders and Zhao Ziyang
just set a good example.
The 1989 “Tiananmen Square student democracy movement"
became a nationwide anti-corruption protest after Jiang Zemin
then the Secretary of CCP Shanghai Municipal Committee
closed down the World Economic Herald.
According to the exposed evidence inside and outside the
system, the CCP refused all political reform and dialogue
with students to maintain one-party rule.
At 4:50am on May 19, 1989, Zhao Ziyang went to Tiananmen
Square to visit the students on hunger strike sympathetically.
“I feel so sorry that we’re too late. You may criticize us and
I am here not to ask you to forgive.
I want to say that the students have become very weak since
it has been 7 days hunger strike, you can’t continue.”
On the morning of June 4 1989, the CCP military shot the
unarmed students and citizens and rolled the tanks to Beijing
Tiananmen Square, Chang An Street at the main intersections
under Deng Xiaoping’s command.
In late June, Zhao Ziyang was released from his position as
CCP general secretary due to opposing Deng Xiaoping’s
decision and placed under house arrest.
Yao Jianfu: “He chose to be against the inhumanity which
Deng Xiaoping committed against humanity in history, against
the Chinese people and human beings.
There is no retroactive term for inhumane crimes and he
will certainly be on trial by court ethics, history courts and
international court in the future. “
In 1997 after Deng Xiaoping’s death, Zhao Ziyang wrote twice
to the CCP requiring a re-evaluation of “June 4th" and hoping
to recover his freedom.
At the time, Jiang Zemin became the head of the CCP favored
by Deng Xiaoping even though he was highly criticized by Zhao
Ziyang for cleaning up the “World Economic Herald".
Jiang Zemin forbad Zhao Ziyang to meet friends at home and
limit his activity scope when he was in power.
In addition to house arrest, Zhao Ziyang was only allowed to
be active at the hospital and a suburban golf course.
Jiang Zemin also told the new Standing Committee of the
Political Bureau not to rehabilitate “June 4th” student
movement when he passed over leadership in 2002.
Zhao Ziyang was under house arrest until his death.
Mainland human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang participated in
the “June 4th" student movement and said Zhao’s tragedy
Pu Zhiqiang: “I admire Zhao Ziyang because he is at least a
real person at that moment and different from many previous
CCP general secretaries.
He didn’t betray principles throughout the rest of his life under
His tragic fate may also indicate that the so-called healthy
force is there even it is a sad thing."
In early 2005, shortly after the death of Zhao Ziyang,
his daughter Wang Yannan lamented and complained
“He is finally free".
Interview & Edit/TangYin Post-Production/SunNing