An online news portal last night released a rare photo of the former Communist Party chief Zhao Ziyang, who has been held under virtual house arrest for 12 years. Chinesenewsnet.com reported that the 81-year-old former party chief was 'glad' the public remained interested in the June 4 pro-democracy movement. The release of the photo came before the scheduled publication of the Chinese version of the Tiananmen Papers on Sunday. The news report did not specify where and when the photo was taken, but it showed a white-haired Mr Zhao with his wife, Liang Boqi. Sources said authorities continued to maintain tight surveillance over Mr Zhao, but he was recently allowed to leave Beijing. They said he went to the city of Wuhan and played golf. He was said to have been accompanied by dozens of police. 'Authorities have ordered that no party and government officials can meet Zhao, only those who have retired and left their jobs can meet him,' a source said. Mr Zhao, who sympathised with pro-democracy students, was removed from power before the final crackdown on June 4, 1989. The Tiananmen Papers is said to have been compiled from computer printouts of official documents from the era.