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Tiananmen Square, 23 years later: China censors can't silence Internet dissidents

Soldier in Tiananmen Square, the day after.  Courtesy of @zuola  on Twitpic


Despite efforts by China’s ruling Communist Party to put a lid on freedom-fighters marking the 23rd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, Internet dissidents are circumventing the info blockade and taking to Twitter to spread images and words reminding the world of the brutality.

一九八九年的六月五号的天安门广场一片狼藉,除了战士,也许没有人知道这里几个小时前发生了什么。... on Twitpic

More on the censorship attempts:

China’s censors blocked internet access to the terms “six four”, “23”, “candle” and “never forget” on Monday, broadening extensive efforts to silence talk about the 23rd anniversary of China’s bloody June 4 crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.

For China’s ruling Communist Party, the 1989 demonstrations that clogged Tiananmen Square in Beijing and spread to other cities remains taboo, all the more so this year as the government prepares for a tricky leadership handover.

Searches for the terms related to the anniversary, such as “six four” for June 4, were blocked on Sina Weibo, the most popular of China’s Twitter-like microblogging platforms. Users encountered a message that said the search results could not be displayed “due to relevant laws, regulations and policies”.

“It’s that day again and once more numerous posts are being deleted,” a Sina microblogger wrote. Sina was not immediately available for comment.



Late on Sunday night, Twitter users reported that China had blocked a BBC report on the Tiananmen Square anniversary:


But the remembrances around the world can’t be stopped:


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