Identify the person with brief details : Fang Lizhi ?
Fang gained fame and notoriety after his essays were collected and distributed by the Communist Party of China to many of its regional offices, with the directive to its members to criticize the essays. As the story goes, many who read his essays found them to be thought-provoking, and Fang was inadvertently provided a platform for his views.
Fang was one of the three main leaders who, in December 1986, organized student demonstrations in a over a dozen Chinese cities in order to agitate for greater economic and political freedoms. (The other two senior leaders were Liu Binyan and Wang Ruowang). Deng Xiaoping disli ...more
Fellow revolutionist Wang Dan, who topped a list of 21 most-wanted student leaders in 1989, confirmed his friend's death in Tucson, Arizona, via Facebook and Twitter.
Wang said Fang had "inspired the 89 generation and awoke in the people their yearning for human rights and democracy".
He added: "At this moment, no words can express my grief. Fang Lizhi has inspired the '89 generation and has awakened the people's yearning for human rights and democracy."
Fang was labelled the "grand puppet-master" by the Communist regime, which blamed him for the demonstration on the 4 June 1989, in Beijing's Tiananmen Square.