An anti-government protester stands in front of artillery tanks in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on June 5th, 1989, at the height of the pro-democracy protests. Chen Xitong was mayor of Beijing at the time of the crackdown, and was subsequently promoted to Beijing party secretary and made a Politburo member. Photograph: AP Photo/Jeff Widener

There was bitter poetry in the timing of the death of disgraced former mayor of Beijing, Chen Xitong, after reports of his death began to emerge ju(...)