Tiananmen Square, ladies and gentlemen, I hope you all are familiar with and so is with censorship in china. Freedom of expression is something that Chinese have never tasted. Once they tried to and we witnessed massacre and Tiananmen Square become a synonym for crushing the dissent. Those were certainly the darkest days of humanity when 20 years ago 2000 something pro-democracy protestors, mostly students, were killed. Nothing has changed since then. China remains the same, even more suppressive. One may question how and there are more reasons that one can think of.
China is leaving no stone unturned to pursue its communist legacy and forcefully bequeath the same to the coming generation. However, do people want the same or a change? Of course a dumb question to ask because Chinese measures are too hard for populace to break or pursue what the student protestors had failed to. It’s difficult because the example had already been set, and well set for not to open up the mouth, two decades ago. Yes, those who died were unfortunate and more unfortunate are those who can’t even mourn the death of their near and dear ones.
The measures that china has taken to avert what they call a threat to their authority include: censoring Twitter, Hotmail and Flickr, ban on open mourning, Increased Security around Beijing’s Hot Spots, scores of remaining protestors are under house arrest… The next thing that follows is a picture gallery to tell you what is going in Chinese streets in favor or against the Tiananmen Square commemoration.
Chinese police dispersed a crowd of angry student protesters just weeks ahead of the highly sensitive 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests.
Customers use computers at an internet cafe in Changzhi, China. Access to the popular social networking service Twitter and email service Hotmail was blocked across mainland China on Tuesday, two days before the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown.
A man dressed as a Chinese soldier stages a one-man protest in Hong Kong to mark the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown.
Chen Guang, 37, a Beijing painter, was a soldier in Tiananmen in 1989 has finally decided to ignore the official warnings to keep his mouth shut. He has created a series of works based on his photographs of the incident. Mr. Chen says he spent the next 20 years suppressing memories of that day. But last year he began working on a series of paintings based on hundreds of photographs, taken at his unit’s request while he was on the square.
Scores of policemen emerge from a tunnel to enter Tiananmen Square, two days before the 20th anniversary of the military crackdown on June 4.
Police officers patrolling near Tiananmen Gate, opposite the square. Journalists and photographers are put off and given a strict warning to abstain from taking pictures.
A symbolic image showing the upper hand of state and the civilian underneath. Tanks pass over the bridge to quell and threat coming out from the Tiananmen Square protest.
University students in Hong Kong hold a candlelight vigil to mark the 20th anniversary of the military crackdown.
Chinese honor guard at Tiananmen square bar foreign journalists from the site of the 1989 pro-democracy protests to prevent commemorations or protests.