Yan Jiaqi in Tiananmen Square in 1989. Photo: Handout

Dissident political scientist Yan Jiaqi believes only vindication for Tiananmen Square democracy movement will bring China justice

  • Self-exiled political scientist has no faith that foreign powers will nudge China towards democracy: ‘We can only count on ourselves’.
  • Now 77, Yan still wants Beijing to reverse stance on June 4 crackdown
Topic |   Tiananmen Square crackdown 30th anniversary

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Yan Jiaqi in Tiananmen Square in 1989. Photo: Handout
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Adrift abroad amid a sense of loss and longing, what became of ‘brightest and best’ Tiananmen Square dissidents?

  • Some 400 intellectuals, students and officials became exiles in wake of the June 4 crackdown, settling in Europe, the United States and Taiwan
  • Once determined to remember events of 1989 and promote democracy from overseas, time has led to disarray and infighting in the ranks
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