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Collective amnesia prevails in China 25 years after Tiananmen Square
Collective amnesia prevails in China 25 years after Tiananmen Square

Hu Jia is under house arrest again in Bobo Freedom City, his Beijing apartment complex, as he often is come late spring. Two plainclothes officers are just downstairs, Hu says, and four or five are at the front gate; the veteran activist is allowed to go out only to see a doctor (twice a month) or to visit his parents (once a week, on Saturday afternoons). But Hu, who took part in the 1989 protests in Tiananmen Square, still has his phone and is making the most of it, talking a mile a minute to anyone who calls. Mostly, that's foreigners. It certainly isn't anybody from China's domestic press. The government has long been determined to impose a collective amnesia about the weeks-long...

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