Date: Jun 05, 2019
By: AFP, BEIJING
Beijing yesterday marked 30 years since the Tiananmen Square Massacre with a wall of silence
and extra security.
Police checked the identification cards of every tourist and commuter leaving the subway near Tiananmen Square, the site of the pro-democracy protests that were brutally extinguished by tanks and soldiers on June 3 and 4, 1989.
Foreign journalists were not allowed onto the square at all or warned by police not to take pictures.
Officials told one reporter that “illegal media behavior” could affect visa renewals.
Meanwhile, Washington marked the occasion by hailing the “heroic” movement of 1989.
The Chinese Communist Party detained several pro-democracy advocates in the run-up to yesterday, while popular livestreaming sites conspicuously shut down for “technical” maintenance.
Searches for the term “Tiananmen” on the Sina Weibo platform yesterday displayed the official logo of the 70th anniversary of the founding of communist China.
Over the years, the party has censored any discussion of the protests and crackdown, which left hundreds, possibly more than 1,000 people, dead — ensuring that people either never learn about what happened or fear to discuss it. [FULL STORY]