Nostalgia, castigation greet Jiang Zemin’s passing on Twitter
The death of former Chinese President Jiang Zemin on Nov. 29, 18 years after his retirement from top leadership positions, evoked responses ranging from nostalgia for the rapid economic growth, bold reforms and relative openness of his years in power to denunciations for human rights abuses on his watch.
Radio Free Asia sampled and translated comments on Twitter and other social media, including tweets sent in reply to a request for thoughts on the 96-year-old Jiang’s legacy. Twitter and other U.S. media platforms are blocked in China but some people skirt the ban with VPNs.
Jiang Zemin has just passed away. Shouldn’t be relevant news in 2022, but it is. – Phillip Wong @Tetracarbon
Jiang Zemin implemented many policies in Tibet that destroyed Tibetan culture and Religion. – A Tibetan in Spain
I don’t want to mourn you, Jiang. – A Tibetan Netizen
When he went up, there were a lot of people on the street; when he left, there were still a lot of people on the street. – Keypad @XiaoJianpan624
A considerable number of people miss the opening up and development in the 1990s. – ruby@XiaoJianpan624
The dictator who came up after drinking 6.4 blood imprisoned good people like his predecessor Zhao Ziyang to death. – youlinhui @wuhua595
Going to hell, too, in my opinion. – youlinhui @wuhua595
Objectively speaking, he promoted reform and opening up, took the market economy route, joined the WTO, and opened up the most opportunities for all. An age of opportunity! – Martian @ChanHannah4
From a historical point of view, since the founding of the People’s Republic of China, the era of Jiang Zemin is the golden age of China. If the rule of law had been strengthened, it would have been an era that met the expectations of the people. – Old week @HYnZlxwWoIr05wo
A friend pointed out that when HK govt turned their website grayscale for Jiang Zemin they accidentally turned it into the Black Bauhinia flag. Ah the self own – Xun-ling Au @XunlingAu
They miss a happy face on the #CCP #JiangZemin made nice with the world and smoothed the ruffles feathers after the #TiananmenMassacre He brought back #HongKong under a treaty broken by #XiJinping . #Taiwan beware you’re next. – Jonny@jonnytheheat
Millions of them, with their organs harvested, when they were still alive… in the eye of some western politicians, biz men, they call it “complicated.” keep in mind, when you dance w/ Hitler, Jiang Zemin, Xitler…you are vibrating w/ evil, and it will drag you to hell… – SoaringEagle @GaryJWater
Former CCP leader Jiang Zemin, who ordered the persecution and forced organ harvesting of millions of religious and ethnic minorities in China, passed away today from multiple organ failure. – Debbie Grimmer @DebbieGrimmer