London, June 1 (ANI): The relatives of victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square killings have criticized Chinese President Xi Jinping for failing to initiate political reform.
Jinping was criticized in an open letter from the Tiananmen Mothers group ahead of the 4 June anniversary of the crackdown.
According to the BBC, the group accused Jinping of giant steps backwards towards Maoist orthodoxy.
The Tiananmen Mothers are a high-profile group of relatives of those who died when the military moved in to end student pro-democracy protests in Beijing.
They want the government to re-examine the events, release information about those who died and compensate relatives.
In the letter they wrote that since taking power Jinping had not publicly reflected on or held anyone accountable for sins committed under past leaders.
They wrote that instead he had mixed together things that were most unpopular and most in need of repudiation under Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping.
The group added that this has caused those individuals who originally harboured hopes in him in carrying out political reform to fall into sudden disappointment and despair. (ANI)