On the eve of the anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdownthe Chinese police reinforced their presence on Saturday at the bridge where a rare protest was organized last year. The authorities they censored searches for the place on internet maps and even removed a traffic sign.
On Saturday, searches for “Sitong bridge” in simplified Chinese – used in mainland China – returned a message of “No results found” in Baidu, Amap and Tencent maps map apps.
reporters from the AFP they saw at least four police cars parked at each corner of the bridge on Saturday, and that a sign with the name of the bridge had been removed.
The move comes a day before the anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown, where on June 4, 1989 tanks and heavily armed troops dislodged a demonstration in Tiananmen Square Beijing’s students who demanded democracy and greater freedoms.
Thousands of people died in the repression.
Details of the 1989 protests in Tiananmen Square have been erased from the history books in Chinaand the censors regularly block websites or social media accounts before the anniversary of the event.
Last year, a live broadcast of the popular influencers Li Jiaqi was cut after she showed her audience a layered ice cream, garnished with Oreos on the sides and what appeared to be a chocolate ball and chocolate stick on top, resembling the shape of a tank, one day before the june 4th anniversary.
In Hong Kongthe Tiananmen commemorations have almost missing after the Beijing regime imposed in 2020 a national security law to suppress dissent in the city.
Baidu, the operator of China’s biggest search engine, did not respond to questions from the AFP about when or why the bridge searches were blocked.
Tech giant Tencent also did not respond to similar questions.
34 years since the Tiananmen massacre
In recent years, the world’s governments that uphold freedom and democracy have taken an increasingly firm stance on actions taken against the Chinese regime’s human rights abuses.
Likewise, organizations such as the OHCHR belonging to the United Nations Organization (UN) have produced reports, such as the one published last year in which it is detailed, highlights a statement that says that the Chinese regime has committed abuses against the Uyghurs and other Turkish communities that may constitute crimes against humanity.
Thirty-four years after the Tiananmen Massacre, the human rights situation of all those living under the Chinese regime has reached an all-time low and the repression is spreading throughout all the occupied regions and territories.
In that sense, the Center for the Opening and Development of Latin America (CADAL), pays tribute to the enduring bravery of those who continue to resist China’s draconian regime.
“We urge the international community to show not only that it will never forget the atrocities of the past, but that it will also stand against the flagrant disregard for fundamental human rights,” the organization published.
They also made a four-point proposal for governments to put pressure on China:
-I respect the rights to freedom of expression, association and meeting peaceful, and cease the harassment and the arbitrary detention of people who challenge the official account of June 4
-Allow immediate and unrestricted independent access to Chinahe Tibet and the areas uighurs by independent international human rights experts, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and relevant United Nations Special Rapporteurs
End the abuse of national security legislation as a means to criminalize the work of defenders of human rights, freedom of expression, association, religion or belief and subvert due process, and call on China to seek the assistance of UN experts
-Immediately release all persons subjected to illegal and unjustified deprivation of liberty
(With information from AFP)
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