April 27, 1989 |
Thousands of pro-democracy student demonstrators confronted police on the streets of Beijing this morning, defying a government edict that protests would no longer be tolerated. Shortly after noon, an orderly procession of about 15,000 students had gotten past three sets of police lines and was marching toward downtown Tian An Men Square. Soon after the first students began marching, a line of several hundred policemen blocked their path, but after a nonviolent 10-minute face-off--during which bystanders shouted for police to let the students pass--the line yielded and the students marched on. In the next two hours, the procession broke through police lines in two more places.
April 18, 1989 |
In the biggest pro-democracy demonstrations since early 1987, thousands of students staged rallies and marches in Beijing on Monday and today in honor of Communist Party reformist Hu Yaobang, who died Saturday of a heart attack. About 4,000 students from Beijing University and the People's University of China held pro-democracy rallies at their campuses and in nearby streets in northwestern Beijing late Monday night. Early this morning, about 2,000 students made a four-hour march to Tian An Men Square in central Beijing, carrying a banner that read: "Forever cherish the memory of Comrade Yaobang, the Soul of China."
April 17, 1989
While an official of China's propaganda department said the party will probably publish its official judgment on the late Hu Yaobang next weekend, Chinese students continued to heap praise on the former Communist Party leader. Hu, 73, the party chief for 4 1/2 years until his dismissal in January, 1987, died of a heart attack Saturday, provoking an outpouring of grief from the young and the intelligentsia. Hu's policies of greater democracy and freedom of expression led to his dismissal.
April 15, 1989 |
Hu Yaobang, former Chinese Communist Party leader, died of a heart attack in Peking this morning, the official New China News Agency said. Hu, once the protege of senior leader Deng Xiaoping and still a member of the party's powerful Politburo, was ousted in January, 1987 by party hard-liners after a wave of student protests calling for more freedom and democracy. Hu, 73, suffered a heart attack April 8, the agency said. He was given all possible medical attention "but to no avail."
March 25, 1987 |
Former Chinese Communist Party chief Hu Yaobang will return to public life today for the first time since he was ousted from his job in the wake of student demonstrations last January. A spokesman for the National People's Congress, China's Parliament, announced Tuesday that Hu will be among the 157 members of the congress' leadership present today when Premier Zhao Ziyang delivers his annual speech to the opening session. Zhao's speech is China's version of a state of the union address.
February 9, 1987 |
For Hu Yaobang, the problems in trying to change China and the world's largest Communist Party began virtually from the moment that he assumed office. On July 1, 1981, only two days after taking over as head of the Chinese Communist Party, Hu made his debut with a rousing, two-hour address to 10,000 party faithful in the main auditorium of the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The occasion was the 60th anniversary of the party's founding.