» 06/05/2012, 00.00
Shanghai Stock Exchange falls under Tiananmen censure
Data exchanges blocked because the index had closed at 64,89: the date of the massacre. Censored the words "today", "tank", "never forget" and even "candle" (in Hong Kong and China those killed are remembered by lighting a candle in the night). Since Tiananmen, there are still 12 thousand prisoners serving their sentence as "counterrevolutionaries."
Shanghai (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Yesterday, June 4, the anniversary of the Tiananmen massacre, the Shanghai stock market has even fell prey to the paranoia of the Chinese regime, which blocks any information about the event that claimed the lives of thousands of young people killed by the army.
The fact is that yesterday, the Shanghai composite index closed at 64.89: and 04/06/89 is the date of the massacre. Since all search engines have a filter that blocks requests on "6-4" (liusì), the data was blocked stock. Anyone asking for financial results, yesterday saw the message appear on their computer screens that "the results can not be exposed due to regulations."
The Sina Weibo, a very popular sort of Twitter "Made in China", yesterday extended the censorship not only "6-4", but also to "date of 4", "today", "tank"; " never forget "and of course" Tiananmen ". A curious fact: even the word "candle" was censored because in Hong Kong and China, many remember the dead of Tiananmen leaving a candle lit during the night.
Nevertheless, some photos of the massacre and the man in front of the tank (see photo), who became a symbol of youth resistance in the face of despotism, were published and curtailed after a few minutes.
On the night between June 3 and 4, 1989 the army for the liberation of the people entered Tiananmen Square armed with guns and tanks to "clear" thousands of young people who withstood an ultimatum set by the regime. More than a month before, the young students and workers had begun a sit-in in the square demanding democracy and an end to corruption. That night hundreds and perhaps thousands of young people in the square and adjacent streets were killed. Tens of thousands were imprisoned.
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