Ludwig von Gress
We see how the human rights “advanced” in the last quarter of century by the treatment given to the anniversary of the Tienanmen massacre by the Western media and the puppets i.e. politicians. Our pre-emptively soiled pants “leaders” prevaricate, obfuscate and tergiversate so as not to give the masters any reason to complain. The Chinese politburo will complain anyway, but only for the appearance sake. They have the agenda firmly in control, a few disapproving articles notwithstanding. [Mao still on the wall]
There is no surprise in the Chinese communists behaviour, given that their increasing intolerance of dissent [Chinese shell game] is increasingly tolerated by the West; and in the socialist/green quarters not only tolerated, but observed with envy and the desire to emulate.
“China’s leadership is leaving little to chance ahead of this week’s 25th anniversary of the bloody quashing of the Tiananmen Square protests, having embarked on a widespread clampdown on dissent that has targeted lawyers, rights activists and journalists, among others.
Rights groups say dozens have been detained, questioned or put under house arrest to try to make sure no commemorations are held. The group Chinese Human Rights Defenders puts the number at 50 “detained, disappeared or summoned.”
The capital’s already tight security has been bolstered ahead of the June 3-4 anniversary, and following terrorist violence in other parts of the country.
“They’re grabbing people everywhere,” said Liu Shihui, a rights lawyer who was detained for more than 10 days by authorities in Shanghai and sent back to his hometown in Inner Mongolia last month. Mr. Liu said this was the biggest roundup of activists in China since the sweeping crackdown launched to prevent any spillover from the Arab Spring democracy demonstrations in the Middle East in 2011.
The government rarely comments on activities linked to the Tiananmen anniversary, and has declined to comment on the detention of activists or the blocking of some media and Internet services.
Chinese authorities began broadly disrupting use of Google, from basic searches to Gmail, ahead of the anniversary, according to GreatFire.org, an organization that monitors Chinese censorship. Such disruptions of Google and other Internet services are common in China around sensitive anniversaries. A report on usage traffic that Google posted on its website shows a drop China’s use of services starting Sunday. “We’ve checked extensively and there are no technical problems on our side,” a Google spokeswoman said.
Authorities are also more readily using criminal charges to detain dissidents and activists, human-rights activists say, raising concerns they could face prison sentences rather than be released after the anniversary, as has happened in the past.
“It’s a reaction to the fact that the authorities are aware there is a volatile, tense atmosphere” in China, said Eva Pils, an expert on Chinese law and human rights at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She said the use of criminal law was a way of more demonstratively saying dissent won’t be tolerated.
The latest crackdown on dissent, which appears to be more forceful than in recent years, fits with the overall tighter grip the Communist Party has tried to place on society, officials, the Internet and other areas since Xi Jinping ascended to the No. 1 leadership post 18 months ago.
Beijing has intensified its control over information, with foreign media coming under greater scrutiny. The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China, a journalism industry group based in Beijing, has criticized the government’s “increasing harassment and intimidation” ahead of the anniversary after police discouraged some reporters from covering the anniversary and warned about the consequences of disobeying the government.” – – -
“The Chinese-language websites of some international media, including The Wall Street Journal, have been blocked in the mainland, though authorities have given no reason. A spokeswoman for Dow Jones & Co., publisher of the Journal, confirmed the site has been blocked since Saturday, but declined to elaborate.
The Tiananmen protests, which called for democracy and other political change, ebbed and flowed in Beijing for six weeks in 1989. Party leaders saw them as a threat to their authority and ordered the military to put a stop to them. Several hundred students and others were killed, according to some estimates, as the military pushed into central Beijing on June 3 and 4.” [whole article: Wall Street Journal – China Keeps Tiananmen Chatter Under Wraps Ahead of Anniversary by Brian Spegele and Josh Chin.]