Chen Xitong, Beijing Mayor During Tiananmen Protests, Dies at 82

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June 5th, 2013

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Chen Xitong, the mayor of Beijing during the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests who served jail time for corruption and later condemned the student crackdown he was portrayed as engineering, has died…

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“If Zhao’s account is correct, and most accounts that I know of concur, then Chen Xitong played a critical role in depicting the situation in ways that made it seem more out of control than it was — prompting Deng’s harsh response.”

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