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Over the past few days, Chinese authorities have effectively blocked access to many Google services, including the company’s search engine, image repository, translation services, Gmail, and “almost all other Google products,” according to GreatFire.org, an independent censorship-monitoring website, which posted a blog entry about the disruptions on Monday.
The crackdown on Google services in China comes in advance of the sensitive 25th anniversary of the Chinese government’s violent suppression of pro-democracy demonstrators in Tiananmen Square, which took place on June 3 and 4, 1989.
In recent weeks, the Chinese authorities have taken aggressive measures against those seeking to commemorate the events of 1989. The government has detained and criminally charged a number of such individuals. “They’re locking up everyone that they can and blocking everything they can, “ Jeremy Goldkorn, director of Danwei, a website that tracks Chinese media developments, told The New York Times.
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