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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