A low-key memorial for Hu Yaobang was held in Gongqingcheng, Jiangxi province on Monday. Photo: Weibo

Communist Party reformer Hu Yaobang remembered in low-key ceremony

  • No official events held to mark 30th anniversary of his death, which sparked the 1989 pro-democracy movement and subsequent military crackdown
  • More than 300 people paid their respects at a memorial in Jiangxi province
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A low-key memorial for Hu Yaobang was held in Gongqingcheng, Jiangxi province on Monday. Photo: Weibo
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Cary Huang
Cary Huang
Opinion

SCMP Columnist

Sino File by Cary Huang

From Mao to Tiananmen, Hu Yaobang is an icon of China’s reform – and a reminder of how little has changed

  • A passionate liberaliser in the 1980s, Hu relentlessly sought to overturn the remnants of the Maoist era.
  • His death in 1989 triggered widespread public mourning, which snowballed into weeks of student-led pro-democracy protests

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