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Memory of Tiananmen Square endures despite censorship and alternative facts

HONG KONG (SE): On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre on 4 June 1989, the Chinese government moved to stifle even the slightest mention of the tragic incident on social media platforms in China. AsiaNews reported on May 30 that live streaming and video sites, as well as web hosts had scheduled system updates making it impossible to change profile pictures, register new accounts or post comments in real time. The report noted that streaming sites like YY, Huya and Douyu announced that they would carry out system maintenance until June 6 or 7.

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Inaction equals extinction

ANOTHER JUNE 4 is around the corner and for those who dream for democracy in China, it is a sacred anniversary of the student-led movement for reform.  Thirty years have passed since the Tiananmen Square tragedy of 1989, which resulted in the killing of thousands of protesters.  
 








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We will not be silent for silence belongs to the culprits

HONG KONG (SE): Around 900 people came together for a prayer service on the evening of June 4 at the music kiosk of Victoria Park to remember of the victims in the Tiananmen Square Massacre in Beijing nearly three decades ago and to pray for a peaceful vindication.
 
Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, the former bishop of Hong Kong, said people gathered not only to mourn the martyrs killed 29 years ago, but also to pray for those whose religious freedom is being suppressed in China at present. 
 

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Bloggers disappear ahead of Tiananamen anniversary

HONG KONG (UCAN): In the run-up to the 29th anniversary of the Tiannamen Square Massacre on June 4, several Chinese bloggers went missing, or were compelled to take a government arranged holiday.
 
According to a June 4 press release from Reporters Without Borders, Chinese authorities arranged for certain bloggers to take vacations under police escort before this year’s anniversary.
 

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Far more than an incident

OVER THE PAST 100 years Tiananmen Square in Beijing has played host to history defining events, which have been both controversial and subject to considerable government interpretation. In one particular case, even a reversal of verdict.
 
In 1919, as people were beginning to assert themselves as self-determining with a popular power base rather than an elitist one, a mass gathering in the famed square on May 4 cited what was called government weakness in giving into Japan in the Versailles Treaty.
 








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A call for unity on the Tiananmen anniversary

HONG KONG (AsiaNews): In response to a decision taken by the Hong Kong Federation of Students not to take part in the annual memorial candlelight vigil for those who died at Tiananmen Square on 4 June 1989, the former bishop of Hong Kong, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, said that unity and cooperation must be cherished in order to achieve anything realistic.

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