» 06/04/2013, 00.00
More censorship and arrests on the anniversary of Tiananmen
The Mothers of Tiananmen are not allowed to honour the memory of their killed children. Hong Kong journalists are stopped in the square. Hu Jia is threatened as a "security risks." Words and images of candles that refer to the day of the massacre are censored online. In Hong Kong, more than 100,000 people are expected in tonight's vigil.
Beijing (AsiaNews) - Chinese police are hard at work to stop and restrict
activists, dissidents and journalists, by blocking any prayer or act of remembrance
dedicated to the massacre of 4 June 1989, including on the internet.
This morning, police detained and interrogated some Hong Kong reporters trying
to tape the flag-raising ceremony in Tiananmen Square. Their equipment was
seized and the recorded material was deleted.
Zhang Xianling, from the group 'Mothers of Tiananmen', an organisation
that represents the relatives of the young people killed by army tanks on that
fateful day, said that at least ten police officers were deployed around her
house compared to only three or four police in previous years. Although they prevented
the cleaning lady from entering, she said she would do anything to honour her 19-year-old
son Wang Nan in the square where he was killed.
Group founder Ding Zilin said she was warned that she would not be
allowed to go to Mixidi, near Tiananmen Square, to honour with flowers her son who
was killed at the age of 17.
Dissident Hu Jia, who has served three and a half years in prison for
posting articles on the internet, was followed from Beijing to Guangzhou. He
wanted to return to the capital by 2 June, but was prevented because he
constituted a "security risk."
Heavy-handed pressure and censorship have not spared the web. On
Sina Weibo, words like 'candle' and 'square'
are off-limits in search engines when users tried to express their
participation in the memory of Tiananmen by posting the picture of a candle.
Despite the restrictions, many did find a way to commemorate the
massacre through veiled references. For
instance, the number '64', which refers to June 4, has become the most clicked
term on search engines.
Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, many groups, especially young people (pictured), are preparing a vigil in
memory of the martyrs of Tiananmen. Organisers hope to attract more than 100,000
One of the leaders, Lee Cheuk-yan, said that this year Hong Kongers should
repeat their demand for justice on behalf of the fallen of Tiananmen and show
their pain to President Xi Jinping, who seems be following an even more authoritarian
path than his predecessor Hu Jintao.
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