There are fundamental lessons to be taken from the protests that swept through China 25 years ago, ignited by the student occupation of Tiananmen Square. Revolutions differ, but most have similar dynamics.
In mainland China, commemorating the Tiananmen Square crackdown is not permitted, and Wednesday’s 25th anniversary was no exception. However, that didn’t stop some resourceful Chinese citizens from coming up with creative ways to flout their government’s policy.
More than a week after a row between China and Google over censorship practices, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton publicly called on Beijing to lift restrictions on Internet use, to which China responded by denouncing the criticism as “groundless.”
Two days before the 20th anniversary of the brutal military crackdown on student protesters in Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government has blocked popular Web sites aimed at the young, including Twitter, Flickr and Hotmail. It also has blocked message boards on some 6,000 sites associated with colleges and universities.