Tiananmen anniversary keeps Net censors busy
CHINA deployed its vast security apparatus yesterday to snuff out commemoration of the suppression of pro-democracy protests around Tiananmen Square 25 years ago, flooding the streets with police as censors scrubbed the Internet clean of any mention of the crackdown.
The demonstrations in 1989 that clogged Tiananmen Square for about six weeks have long been a taboo topic in China. Several hundred to several thousand civilians are estimated to have died.
Police, soldiers and plainclothes security personnel enveloped Tiananmen Square, checking identity cards and rummaging through bags looking for any hint that people might try and sneak onto the square to commemorate the day.
The run-up to the anniversary has also been marked by tighter controls on the Internet.
"This is the 1,008th post that I've had scrubbed today," complained one Weibo user, attaching a screen shot of a message received from censors telling him that his post reading "It's been 25 years since that event" had been deleted.