‘Tracked for life’: China relentless in erasing Tiananmen

  • Fan Baolin, who served 17 years in prison and says he sneaked out of China last year to escape constant surveillance, poses during an interview in an undisclosed location and on an undisclosed date. The ruling Communist Party’s deadly 1989 crackdown on the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests never ended for Fan and others who still are watched by the party three decades later in an effort to erase the public memory of the protests. (AP photo)

BEIJING — The ruling Communist Party’s deadly 1989 crackdown on the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests never ended for Fan Baolin, who served 17 years in prison and says he sneaked out of China last year to escape surveillance that included cameras trained on his apartment and pressure on his family to deter him from more activism.

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