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China: Zhou Enlai

Zhou Enlai's death thirty years ago this year gave rise to the April 5th movement. Or was it May 4th? The Useless Tree gives us a refresher, and more.

“There are no official commemorations of the 1976 demonstrations in the PRC today. The official party line is that the April 5th Movement was a patriotic, even revolutionary (i.e. not counter-revolutionary as was first held) event that confirmed the rightness of Deng Xiaoping and, thus, the current party leadership. But the government would just as soon ignore the date. The ruling party does not want to remind people that protesting on Tiananmen Square might be a good thing.”

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