Tiananmen diary becomes a hit

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 08 June, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 08 June, 2010, 12:00am

The diary of a former high-ranking mainland politician has become an internet sensation.

The unpublished diary, believed to have been written by former premier Li Peng on the 1989 student pro-democracy protests, became accessible online to millions of internet users over the weekend. It quickly became the hottest topic in mainland cyberspace.

The photocopy version of the book, entitled The Critical Moment and subtitled Li Peng Diaries, was made available for downloading straight after the 21st anniversary of the military crackdown in Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989. It is not immediately clear who first uploaded the book, to be published later this month in Hong Kong.

The book appeared to be accessible to mainland internet users without having to scale the 'Great Firewall'.

The book, based on a selection of diary entries the former leader dated from April 15 to June 24, 1989, has become an instant hit on Twitter and has sparked hot debate.