China blocks Tiananmen anniversary remembrance

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BEIJING: Chinese police blocked the gate of a cemetery housing victims of the Tiananmen crackdown on its 24th anniversary on Tuesday, part of a sweeping annual effort to bar commemorations of the event.

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Authorities launch a major push every June 4 to prevent discussion of the violently crushed 1989 pro-democracy protests, China’s darkest human rights stain in recent decades, in which at least hundreds of people died.

More than a dozen security officials deployed outside the stone gate at the Wanan graveyard near the hills of western Beijing, which members of the Tiananmen Mothers, a victims’ relatives group, visit each year.

In a narrow street close to Beijing’s Forbidden City, security personnel patrolled outside the former house of Zhao Ziyang, the former communist party secretary who was purged and held under house arrest following the protests.

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