Li Peng, a symbol of the Tiananmen crackdown, dies at the age 90

The Chinese Prime Minister, Li Peng (at the right side) in Beijing on March 3, 1997

The former Chinese Prime Minister, Li Peng, remained until his death - at the age of 90 - as the hated symbol of the "Beijing Spring" repression

It was a role that has not prevented him from remaining at the top of the regime for a decade.

Saluting an "outstanding member of the Chinese Communist Party" (CCP) who "has always been faithful", the New China news agency honored a "remarkable proletarian revolutionary."

Li Peng died on Monday at 11:15 pm (12: 15 pm GMT), "due to an illness, whose treatment turned out to be ineffective," wrote this state-owned agency without giving further details.

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