SOURCE: The Guardian
Twenty-five years after the bloody military crackdown on the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests, China is seeking to quell all discussion of the massacre by locking up, charging or harassing artists, scholars, lawyers, bloggers and relatives of victims.
The anniversary has been preceded by scores of detentions, with others placed under house arrest. Some detainees have been charged with offences carrying prison terms of several years for holding a private memorial gathering. Google services have been disrupted and police have warned some foreign journalists they face unspecified consequences for covering sensitive issues.
"We are seeing much harsher measures taken against a far broader swath of people this year. One question is whether, come Thursday morning, a lot of those people are let go," said Sophie Richardson, Asia director of Human Rights Watch.
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