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[Bowen Press] Sunday January 17 was the 11th anniversary of the death of former Communist Party General Secretary Zhao Ziyang. The Beijing regime played down the significance of this event to maintain stability. At dawn there were no more than 10 police cars parked in front of Zhao Ziyang’s former residence on Dengshikou West Street. In addition, there were two buses full of petitioners, and two buses for staff. The “security forces” present on Fuqiang Alley are out of sight due to the seamless implementation of video surveillance systems.
Other than the Zhao family’s relatives and close friends, hometown visitors and journalists from Japan’s Kyodo News, Hong Kong cable television, and other media friends, the number of morning visitors expressing their condolences was smaller than in past years. It’s reportedly because the authorities have adopted “stability control” measures, and a large number of political activistis and others watched by the state are in detention. Former State Council Secretary Mr. Yu Meisun was traveling, but suddenly returned to Beijing to pay his respects.
In the morning, former Director of the State Press and Publications Administration Du Daozheng arrived, accompanied by his daughter, to express his condolences. He signed the memorial book and said a few words in public. According to Du: Former Communist Party leader Mao Zedong’s confidential secretary Li Rui, because of being bedridden, could not come to the Zhao home to express his condolences and asked Du to sign on his behalf.
Before this, the Bowen News Service reporter learned from other sources that Li Rui’s health is bad and he’s been convalescing in bed for awhile. Li Rui was born in 1917, this year he’s 99 year’s old. He once served as Chairman Mao’s private security. They lived through the Yan’an period together. After liberation he served as a deputy minister in the Ministry of Water Conservancy and Electric Power. He was also held for many years in Beijing’s Qincheng Prison. Li Rui is one of the few Communist Party veterans left, and he dares to speak out and has a readership beyond China.
The following is an excerpt of Du Daozheng’s eulogy, authenticated by Bowen News:
Today is the 11th anniversary of your death. Comrade Li Rui called this morning, he’s ill and cannot visit himself. He asked me to sign your memorial on his behalf.
The gross injustice of the June 4, 1989 Tiananmen Massacre has not been overturned. This will never disappear. At all times in all countries, all injustices and mistaken verdicts must be vindicated. Justice resides in peoples’ hearts. Sun Yat-sen said: “Global trends are vast and mighty. Those who support them will prosper, those who oppose them will perish. China too must accord with historical trends. Your old friends and subordinates will not retreat even one steop on cardinal issues of right and wrong.”
There are too many lessons, and we have no other choice.
I want to confide in you: This year the Communist Party and nation staged a grand commemoration on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Hu Yaobang’s birth, and made a fair evaluation of his accomplishments and errors. We are satisfied. The anti-corruption campaign is all well and good, but reform is lagging, especially the strict control on public gatherings. The masses are growing more and more alienated from the Party. this is worthy of attention.