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Hu Yaobang - Former Secretary General of the Chinese Communist party, the mourning of his death by students was the genesis of the protests in Beijing's Tienanmen Square in 1989

Wan Li-The Anhui agricultural reforms were heralded as brilliant innovations by the central government. The system implemented by Wan was followed up with reform programs led by Zhao Ziyang in Sichuan province. Along with Xi Zhongxun, Hu Yaobang, and other reformists in charge of implementing wide-ranging reforms, Wan was seen as a pioneer who made significant contributions to the national reform programmes in the 1980s, winning praise from paramount leader Deng Xiaoping.

from Business Insider

Tiananmen Square 24th Anniversary: Remember The Failed 'Chinese Spring' With These Iconic Photos

The protests began on April 15th, after the death of ousted General Secretary Hu Yaobang.

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Tiananmen Square Fast Facts - CNN.com

Ousted General Secretary of the Communist Party, Hu Yaobang, dies at age 73 on April 15, 1989. The next day, thousands of students gather at Tiananmen Square to mourn him -- Hu had become a symbol of reform for the student movement. A week later thousands more marched to Tiananmen Square -- the start of an occupation that would end in a tragic showdown.

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¿Por qué se conmemoran las protestas de la Plaza de Tiananmén en Hong Kong?

Tras la muerte del derrocado Secretario General del Partido Comunista Hu Yaobang, el 15 de abril de 1989, cientos de estudiantes se tomaron la Plaza de Tiananmen para honrrarlo. Hu se convirtió en un símbolo del movimiento estudiantil. Una semana después, marcharon hacia la Plaza e inició la ocupación que terminó en una trágica revuelta.