Folk rock singer Li Zhi dared to broach the taboo subject of the Tiananmen Square protests. Photo: Handout

Outspoken folk rock singer Li Zhi disappears as China tightens grip ahead of Tiananmen anniversary

  • Artist’s tour was cancelled, his social media accounts taken down and music removed from streaming sites before he vanished from public view
  • Ruling Communist Party is bracing for June 4, which marks 30 years since military crackdown on pro-democracy protests
Topic |   Tiananmen Square crackdown

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Folk rock singer Li Zhi dared to broach the taboo subject of the Tiananmen Square protests. Photo: Handout
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Surveillance technology guards against a repeat of the 1989 protests in Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Photo: EPA-EFE

Why there is only a remote chance of a repeat of China’s Tiananmen protests

  • Beijing exerts a tight grip over society through police, jailing of pro-democracy advocates and controls on community groups
  • But the country might not be as stable as the authorities claim, a former student leader says
Topic |   Tiananmen Square crackdown 30th anniversary

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Surveillance technology guards against a repeat of the 1989 protests in Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Photo: EPA-EFE
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