Anniversary of the Tiananmen massacre: China locks Wikipedia

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VOn the thirtieth anniversary of the Beijing Tiananmen massacre, Chinese censors have completely closed the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia. The website was not available on Wednesday in China. The lock in all languages ​​was already done at the end of April, confirmed Wikipedia according to BBC data. Previously, articles were already blocked in Chinese in China.

The government in Beijing controls the Chinese Internet with increasing severity. Locked is about the search engine Google. Even social media like Facebook, Twitter or Youtube and Whatsapp are blocked; as well news sites of the "New York Times", the "Wall Street Journal" and from the viewpoint of the censors politically sensitive or Chinakritische web pages. If you want to avoid the blockades, you need a virtual private network (VPN) tunnel, which directs access to the pages via the nodes in other countries.

Above all, however, before important political events or for the government's sensitive remembrance days, the authorities are more concerned about such protected connections by disturbing them massively.

The Tiananmen massacre will be in its third year for the 30th time. In the spring of 1989, demonstrators gathered in Tiananmen Square for weeks and called for political reform. During the night of June 4, 1989, tanks rolled up. Soldiers opened the fire on the demonstrators. To this day, China's government is keeping silent about the true number of victims. However, it could have been several hundred dead. Thousands of demonstrators ended up in prisons or labor camps.

. (tagsToTranslate) BBC (t) Google Inc. (t) ISIN_US38259P5089 (t) Facebook (t) ISIN_US30303M1027 (t) Twitter (t) Tiananmen

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