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China Blocks Tiananmen Anniversary

From an admiring New York Times:

Police Swarm Tiananmen Square to Bar Protests

By SHARON LaFRANIERE and KEITH BRADSHER

June 5, 2009

BEIJING — China blanketed Tiananmen Square with police officers Thursday, determined to prevent any commemoration of the 20th anniversary of a military crackdown on pro-democracy protesters that left hundreds dead.

Visitors to the sprawling plaza in central Beijing were stopped at checkpoints and searched, and foreign television crews and photographers were firmly turned away. Uniformed and plainclothes officers, easily identifiable by their similar shirts, seemingly outnumbered tourists.

A few pursued television cameramen with opened umbrellas trying to block their shots — a comical dance that was broadcast on CNN and BBC. There was no flicker of protest. Other than the intense police presence and the government’s blockage of some popular Internet services, the scorchingly hot day passed like any other in the capital…

There was no mention of the day’s significance in Thursday’s Beijing newspapers. The state-run mass-circulation China Daily led with a story about job growth signaling China’s economic recovery.

Access was blocked to popular Internet services like Twitter, as well as to many university message boards. The home pages of a mini-blogging site and a video-sharing site warned users they would be closed through Saturday for “technical maintenance.”

Some Internet users tried to evade the censors by referring to June 4 as May 35 on electronic bulletin boards or message sites. Others proposed wearing white, the Chinese traditional color of mourning, as a silent form of protest.

One government notice about the need to seek out potential troublemakers apparently slipped onto the Internet by mistake, remaining just long enough to be reported by Agence France-Pressee. “Village cadres must visit main persons of interest and place them under thought supervision and control,” read the order to Guishan township, about 870 miles from Beijing.

In a report released Thursday, the rights group Chinese Human Rights Defenders said 65 activists in nine provinces have been subjected to official harassment to keep them from commemorating the anniversary.

Ten have been taken into police custody since late May, the group said. Dozens of others, mostly from Beijing, are either under police guard or have been forced to leave their homes, according to the report…

Ding Zilin, a retired professor and activist whose son was killed during the crackdown, told The Associated Press: “They won’t even allow me to go out and buy vegetables,” she said. “They’ve been so ruthless to us that I am utterly infuriated.”

A former key student leader of the demonstrations, Wu’er Kaixi, was detained Wednesday night at the airport in Macao, a special administrative region in China. On Thursday afternoon he was sent back to Taiwan, where he lives with his wife and two children.

Mr. Wu’er, now a 41-year-old investment banker, said he wanted to surrender to Chinese authorities and face trial because he has not seen his parents in 20 years. “I also want to be in a courtroom so that I can talk,” he said in an interview Wednesday night from an airport detention room…

Of course Tiananmen Square is most remembered for the iconic image of the lone student standing in front of a column of Chinese tanks:

Compare and contrast that image of the weakest citizen of China standing up to tyranny:

To Mr. Obama, the most powerful man on earth, (literally and figuratively) bowing down to the tyrants of the Middle East.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, June 4th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “China Blocks Tiananmen Anniversary”

  1. Liberals Demise

    You can most definitively see who has guts and who has no nuts!!
    (photos above)

  2. proreason

    For decades, men and women have have risked their lives to object to the communist tyrants in China, even though that odious regime has been loosenin the contrictor on its own people for 20 years.

    Meanwhile, in the most free country ever created, ozombies beg for their saviour to take freedoms away and control every aspect of their lives.

    Such is the incredible power of envy wielded as a weapon to create hatred in people toward the very others who make their own comforts possible.

  3. electionhangovervictim

    People, this is what we have to look forward to if things don’t change. This is where our country’s headed.

  4. canary

    Bowing? He’s fondling him. So many smiles and looks of surprise. So are we.


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