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Google's China services disrupted before anniversary

2014-06-03 10:19 by

 

China has reportedly blocked all Google services days before the 25th anniversary of the military clampdown on the student protest centered around Beijing's Tiananmen Square.

The services including search, Gmail and Translate have been disrupted since at least late last week, according to Greatfire.org, a site that tracks Internet access. Police detained dozens of people and warned foreign journalists against writing stories about the June 4, 1989, crackdown, and the Wall Street Journal's website was blocked.

"This is by far the biggest attack on Google that's ever taken place in China," said a co-founder of GreatFire.org, who asked to remain anonymous to prevent retaliation by the authorities. "Probably the only thing comparable is when the Chinese government first started blocking websites in the 1990s."

China has a history of censorship ahead of the Tiananmen anniversary. The ruling party prohibits public discussion, and all events from 1989 are banned from textbooks and Chinese websites.

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