A dissident intellectual who reviled senior leader Deng Xiaoping as a "senile and fatuous autocrat" during China's 1989 pro-democracy movement was tried Tuesday for spreading "counterrevolutionary propaganda."

The trial of Bao Zunxin, along with Wang Haidong, brought to at least 18 the number of dissidents known to have been prosecuted as principal activists in the 1989 demonstrations, which China has labeled a "counterrevolutionary rebellion."Notice of the trials was posted at the Beijing Intermediate Court just blocks from Tiananmen Square, where Chinese troops crushed the pro-democracy movement on June 3-4, 1989.