"May 35th" coming in China!

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JUNE FOURTH MASSACRE

Surrey, Canada

#1 May 15, 2013
When Did the Tiananmen Square Massacre Happen? Tune In to Jeopardy to Find Out!
A Chinese internet meme used to evade censorship finds its way onto the popular American quiz show.
MATT SCHIAVENZAMAY 15 2013, 12:30 PM ET

Here was the "Final Jeopardy" clue for last night's episode of Jeopardy. Can you guess the answer?(Or, um, the question.) I'll wait.

"BECAUSE INTERNET CENSORS BLOCK MENTIONS OF THIS 1989 DATE CHINESE BLOGGERS WRITE IT AS "535""

If you don't know, don't feel bad -- none of the three contestants got it right, either. Of course, it's difficult to expect game show contestants, even ones especially good at trivia, to know anything about Chinese internet memes. But the fact that this clue surfaced on Jeopardy, in and of itself, is welcome proof that the remarkable ingenuity of China's web army isn't going unnoticed on this side of the Pacific.

"535" refers to May 35th which, put another way, is June 4th -- the date of 1989's Tiananmen Square massacre. The term exists because media discussion of the event in China is prohibited; in 2007, three newspaper editors even lost their jobs when they failed to censor a one-line ad praising the mothers of the victims. Internet users initially referred to the event by its un-hyphenated date, "64", but once government censors caught up to them they needed to conceal it even further -- hence the invention of "535". This sort of clever wordplay is seen all across the Chinese internet, where the list of "sensitive" subjects is long.

Alas, it appears that China's ingenious netizens will have to go back to the drawing board; according to Shanghaiist, censors have caught on to "535" and have even begun deleting the roman numeral rendering of the Tiananmen date. On the Chinese internet, no clever ruse lasts forever.

But in any event, it's remarkable to think that despite an education system that makes no mention of the controversy surrounding the massacre, a media which ignores it, and a significant chunk of the population too young to remember it, a national conversation surrounding events like the Tiananmen Square massacre continues to persist on the Internet. And little by little, the outside world has begun to take notice.
JUNE FOURTH MASSACRE

Surrey, Canada

#2 May 15, 2013
Indian

San Francisco, CA

#3 May 15, 2013
India and her allies will contain China soon and surpass China and the world. The third AC is coming to the Indian navy.
JUNE FOURTH MASSACRE

Surrey, Canada

#4 May 15, 2013
Tiananmen Redress Unlikely Despite Rare Tribute to Hu Yaobang

2013-04-17 14:50 EST
Category: China Embed:

Are Chinese leaders ready to address the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre? That was the speculation on Monday, after state-run media published articles praising a former leader known for advocating reform.

Hu Yaobang was the Secretary General of the Communist Party but was ousted in 1987 for being too liberal. He died on April 15, 1989 and his death sparked a 50-day long protest that was eventually crushed by the Chinese army. This was later known as the June 4th Tiananmen Square Massacre.

Officially, the Chinese regime denies the bloody crackdown ever happened, and talk of the Tiananmen Square protests have been made taboo. But on Monday, state-run media ran pieces highlighting Hu’s career, including his push for market economy and democracy.

Analysts say though, the Communist Party is still a ways off from revisiting Tiananmen.

[Zhen Cunzhu, Student Leader, Tiananmen Square Protest]:
“Those who decided to crush the protest, like Li Peng, and also Jiang Zemin, are still in the political circle even though they have retired. So they still hold influence, and I think it’s not likely that June 4th will be redressed.”

While the media blackout on Hu Yaobang may have been lifted, the same can’t be said for another leader ousted for sympathizing with the protestors.

Zhao Ziyang, the then Premier was put under house arrest for 15 years after objecting to the military crackdown. In articles remembering Hu Yaobang, both Zhao Ziyang’s name and mentions of the Tiananmen massacre were notably missing.

[Yao Jianfu, Former Advisor to Zhao Ziyang]:
“The leadership after Tiananmen, including the successor of Jiang Zemin, will not redress the crackdown, because that amounts to admitting that they climbed to leadership illegally.”

Jiang Zemin, the Party Chief of Shanghai before the Tiananmen Square protests, was eventually promoted. After supporting the military crackdown of Tiananmen Protestors he later became the leader of the Communist Party and the country's President. Analysts say Jiang maintains influence within the Communist Party even though he officially stepped down more than a decade ago.

from;
http://ntdtv.org/en/news/china/2013-04-17/tia...
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Port Moody, Canada

#5 May 16, 2013
Have a good "May 35th", and REMEMBER!
JUNE FOURTH MASSACRE

Port Moody, Canada

#6 May 16, 2013
There should be a line of greeting cards for Chinese to exchange on this tragic date......

Someone call Hallmark!
JUNE FOURTH MASSACRE

Port Moody, Canada

#7 May 21, 2013
“The leadership after Tiananmen, including the successor of Jiang Zemin, will not redress the crackdown, because that amounts to admitting that they climbed to leadership illegally.”

Just a shabby banana-republic dictatorship after all........
JUNE FOURTH MASSACRE

Port Moody, Canada

#8 May 22, 2013
“The leadership after Tiananmen, including the successor of Jiang Zemin, will not redress the crackdown, because that amounts to admitting that they climbed to leadership illegally.”

No different from the drunken criminal "coup plotters" of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union who tried to illegally seize power from Gorbachev!

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