Li Peng, a former Chinese premier and CCP hard-liner best known as “Butcher of Beijing” announcing martial law during the 1989 Tiananmen Square Movement, has died. He was 91.
The official Xinhua News Agency said that Li Peng died in a Beijing hospital at 23:11 pm Monday of an unspecified illness.
Li served as the fourth Premier of the People’s Republic of China from 1987 to 1998 and the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, China’s top legislative body, from 1998 to 2003.
From April 1979, Li served as vice minister and then minister of power industry and vice minister of water resources and power. A fortune teller told about his fate of death by the element of fire wrestling with the element of water.
As Premier, Li was the most visible representative of China’s government who backed the use of force to quell the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.
Li’s family is reported to have been involved in a series of corruption and political scandals.
During his final years in power, Li pushed through approval for his pet project, the gargantuan and controversial $22 billion Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River, which forced 1.3 million people to leave their homes as they were swallowed up by its enormous reservoir.
In his later years, Li rarely made his appearance in public, and was seen only at official gatherings aimed at displaying party unity such as in 2007 at the 80th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army.
“Eternal glory to Comrade Li Peng!” was the regular conclusion of the official obituary statement from the CCP government.
Li Peng is remembered as a time-tested and loyal communist soldier by the dictating regime. Life or death, he has been nailed into the pillar of shame in Chinese history.
Edited by staff