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PRC getting ready for the 20th Anniversary…

June 2, 2009

…of the crackdown in Tiananmen Square by banning the kiddies’ favorite method of communication:

Access to the popular social networking service Twitter and email service Hotmail was blocked across mainland China late on Tuesday afternoon, two days before the twentieth anniversary of a bloody crackdown on Tiananmen Square. Indignant users filled chatrooms with protest, after access to Twitter was denied shortly after 5:00 pm (0900 GMT) on Tuesday.

“The whole Twitter community in China has been exploding with it,” said Beijing-based technology commentator Kaiser Kuo.

Is the PRC following in the footsteps of the Iran, that recently banned, and then restored Facebook from its servers?  Maybe not:

Media close to reformists had suggested the site was suspended to prevent its use by backers of presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi.  On Monday President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sidestepped questions about whether the authorities had ordered the blocking ahead of the 12 June election.

He said officials had no need to shut down any sites.

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