WORLD : Unrest Widens After Death of Hu
Student unrest spread for a third day today as thousands marched in Beijing and Shanghai and rallied on campuses in an outpouring of grief over the death of former Communist Party chief Hu Yaobang mixed with calls for more political freedom.
“Long live democracy, long live freedom,” chanted hundreds of students as they marched through Beijing’s central Tiananmen Square in a memorial procession for Hu.
The student rallies were the biggest political demonstrations since the nationwide campus protests more than two years ago that led to the ouster of Hu, then one of China’s more liberal leaders, as general secretary of the Communist Party.
Hu, once heir apparent to senior leader Deng Xiaoping, died Saturday of a heart attack at age 73.