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  • » 06/07/2010, 00.00

    CHINA

    China, Internet buzz over Li Peng diaries



    "The critical moment”, the memoirs of the" butcher of Tiananmen ", appeared on the Web last weekend. Accessible even in mainland China, they have become the main topic of discussion among users. On June 22 the publication in Hong Kong.

    Hong Kong (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The still unpublished diaries attributed to former Prime Minister Li Peng - also known as the "butcher of Tiananmen" for ordering the 1989 massacre - appeared over the weekend on the Internet, immediately becoming the main topic of discussion among users. The photocopied version of the memoirs, entitled "The critical moment" and subtitled "The diaries of Li Peng”, was posted on the network by someone close to June 4, the 21st anniversary of the massacre.

    The text, which can be downloaded, is also accessible to users in mainland China. The print publication of the text, edited by New Century Press, is scheduled for June 22. The publisher is Kelvin Bao Pu, son of Bao Tong, secretary and friend of the late Zhao Ziyang, the Communist secretary who in 1989 tried to prevent the massacre.

    In the text Li Peng says he is "ready to die in order to prevent demonstrations in Tiananmen Square, a movement comparable to the Cultural Revolution" and adds that he "never had the authority to deploy troops, the prerogative being in the hands of the president Deng Xiaoping."

    Li Peng, now 81, is believed to be in bad health, he also describes the debate within the leadership of Chinese Communist Party from the outset of student demonstrations in April 1989. According to some analysts, the publication of his memoirs is a way of trying to "cleanse" the image and blame the armed suppression on the old party comrades.

    But Liang Xiaoyan, who taught at Beijing University in '89, believes that from the historical standpoint the diaries "are completely useless. It makes no sense to know one side of the story when the other has been completely silenced. You can only verify the truth of the matter within the context of a normal political atmosphere. "

    In any case, now the authenticity of the text must be established. According to the publisher Bao, "My only concern is this. The public interest in the book is huge, and I think it should be published as part of our history. We spent months doing research, and it is extremely unlikely that it is a fake”.  

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    See also

    24/06/2010 HONG KONG - CHINA
    Beijing blocks the publication of the Li Peng diaries on Tiananmen
    The publisher Bao Pu, son of prominent dissident Bao Tong, speaks of "copyright issues with moral implications." It seems that the daughter of the "butcher of Tiananmen" has increased economic demands to surrender the rights. Meanwhile, the son of former Chinese Premier is appointed vice governor of Shanxi.

    04/06/2014 CHINA - HONG KONG
    Tiananmen Square under control for June 4. In Hong Kong prepares vigil to remember those killed
    Police and security personnel in riot gear. Tourists stopped; journalists threatened. Chinese media claim there is a plan by "Western anti-Chinese forces" to hit China. At least 150 thousand people expected at Victoria Park Vigil. Many mainland Chinese arriving secretly to commemorate those killed in the massacre.

    02/06/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
    Hong Kong, thousands take to streets for the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen massacre
    Ahead of the great vigil on the eve of June 4, the Democratic Alliance challenges a pro-China demonstration on the hottest day of the year, to demand the truth and justice over the repression of the democratic movement of 1989 .

    05/06/2012 CHINA
    Shanghai Stock Exchange falls under Tiananmen censure
    Data exchanges blocked because the index had closed at 64,89: the date of the massacre. Censored the words "today", "tank", "never forget" and even "candle" (in Hong Kong and China those killed are remembered by lighting a candle in the night). Since Tiananmen, there are still 12 thousand prisoners serving their sentence as "counterrevolutionaries."

    28/05/2005 CHINA
    Tiananmen Mothers: "Beijng must beg pardon before History"




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