Tiananmen Square, 23 years later: China censors can’t silence Internet dissidents
— Mike (@mipesom) June 4, 2012
China blocks Tiananmen talk on crackdown anniversary http://t.co/Of3rKGGc
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) June 4, 2012
Hey, good morning, Beijing. Today is the anniversary of that time nothing happened in Tiananmen Square, and you probably can't see this.
— Spencer Hall (@edsbs) June 4, 2012
Sensitive Words: The Tiananmen Edition http://t.co/9dNXrcUi
— China Digital Times (@CDTimes) June 4, 2012
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.
— Jaime Daza (@jaimedaza) June 4, 2012
The June 4 Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989 was a tragedy in the history of China. Thousands of people lost their lives. Never again.
— Ting Liu (@tingliucs) June 4, 2012
— Carmen Ng 吳嘉文 (@Carmen_NgKaMan) June 3, 2012
— Marie Laenen (@MarieLaenen) June 3, 2012
— Nashua Gallagher (@Nashua852) June 4, 2012
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.
6.3.1989 – 6.3.2012 Tiananmen Square Massacre 23rd Anniversary. Never Forget! pic.twitter.com/eoDUAuiZ
— westlaker (@westlaker) June 3, 2012
Late on Sunday night, Twitter users reported that China had blocked a BBC report on the Tiananmen Square anniversary:
Is BBC World doing a story on the Tiananmen anniversary right now, or just broadcasting a blank screen?
— Mark MacKinnon (@markmackinnon) June 4, 2012
— Damian Grammaticas (@dngbbc) June 4, 2012
— Becky Lipscombe (@BjingBeckster) June 4, 2012
But the remembrances around the world can’t be stopped:
My mother was pregnant with me when she protested #Tiananmen Square 23 years ago in front of LA's Chinese consulate.
— Ashley Lee (@ashleyllee) June 4, 2012
平反六四。民主烈士永垂不朽。In memories of those perished in the Tiananmen Square Protest on June 4th, 1989. De oppresso liber. pic.twitter.com/JzpmEZmj
— Tim (@NullOverflow) June 4, 2012
Remember Tiananmen Square. Long Live The Godess of Democracy.
— Keith Leong (@Damansara_Keith) June 4, 2012
— yygall (@yygall) June 4, 2012
Take a moment to remember those who died fighting for still unrealised freedom in Tiananmen Square. June 4th 1989.
— Ross Parker (@rossdotparker) June 3, 2012