(The Hosting News) – The anniversary of the landmark 1989 Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing, China will conclude today and if a recent BBC report serves as any indication, the country’s government celebrated the past event by simply trying to forget it occurred.
According to the news story, attempting to search for key terms related to the protests turned up 0 results in the country’s online search engines. Such search entries censored included “never forget”, “candle”, “six four” and “23.”
The report also indicated that Chinese blogging site Sina Weibo had blocked a popular candle emoticon used to remember the 1989 occasion.
Meanwhile, the United States of America remembered the event by calling on China to adhere to certain standards. “We encourage the Chinese government to release all those still serving sentences for their participation in the demonstrations; to provide a full public accounting of those killed, detained or missing; and to end the continued harassment of demonstration participants and their families,” commented the U.S. State Department.
Online censorship is commonly practiced in the China. Sites including Youtube, Facebook and WordPress.com are just some of many blocked in the country.
Over 2,500 were estimated to have perished due to government intervention during the event. In remarks made to the BBC, BDA China’s Duncan Clark stated, “Today’s anniversary is one of those ‘red line’ topics that are always subject to a high degree of scrutiny.”