Bao Zunxin

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Bao Zunxin (Chinese: 包遵信; pinyin: Bāo Zūnxìn; September 1937 – 28 October 2007) was a Chinese historian and political dissident who was arrested and jailed for his role in the 1989 Tiananmen Square democracy protests.[1]


Bao graduated from Beijing University in 1964. He was a scholar at the History Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Bao also taught as a professor at Beijing Normal University.[1]

Bao spoke out in support of pro-democracy protesters who marched in the Tiananmen Square democracy protests.[1] Bao also signed a petition which declared that China was still ruled by an emperor.[1] The "emperor" which the declaration referred to was the supposedly retired Chinese Communist Party leader Deng Xiaoping.[1]

Bao was arrested after the Tiananmen Square massacre, and was charged with "counterrevolutionary propaganda and incitement."[2] He was released in 1992.[3] He was sentenced to 5 years in prison for his participation in the pro-democracy movement.[1] He served 3 and a half years of his sentence before being released.[1]


Bao died in Beijing on October 28, 2007 of a brain hemorrhage. [1] [4] He was 70 years old.