21st anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre

8 Jun

It has been more than 21 years since the Chinese Communist Party initiated the  June 4th crackdown leading to worldwide condemnation. Today, the Chinese government continues to impose a blanket silence on this incident.

In China, a newspaper has censored a cartoon image of the ‘tank man’ while a miniature ‘Goddess of Democracy’ was confiscated in a Hong Kong commemorative rally. According to a Guardian article, the Chinese government has also censored the online site, FourSquare which is a virtual mobile social networking game allowing individuals to ‘visit’ or leave messages on actual physical locations.

According to the Human Rights in China group, authorities have also physically harassed members of the Guizhou Human Rights Symposium who had been planning activities for the anniversary. Another dissident who produced a Chinese report of the incident last June has also translated his document into English this year. The report included personal details of those whom have been harmed or killed during the demonstrations. The Tiananmen Mothers, a group comprising of the mothers of the victims have also written an essay demanding the government to come clean on the affair.

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