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IPFS News Link • China

The Ghosts of the Tiananmen Square Massacre

• by George Magnus

China loves anniversaries. In October, the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic will be celebrated with public displays of military strength, and admiration for the Party's accomplishments. Some anniversaries, though, are shunned. While citizens of Hong Kong will doubtless note June 4th to remember the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests and attend a recently opened 4th June Museum, mainland China will shun any and all references to it.

Students for Reforms

Preparation is already underway to detain people, suppress protest and commentary, and block references including in global sources, such as Wikipedia. For the Communist Party, it remains a sensitive and potential tool that could energize those who would criticize the Party or invoke the "Western values" that are forbidden in Xi's China.