China Censors Image of Athletes Hugging Over Number

2024-06-19 10:39:388
China Censors Image of Athletes Hugging Over Number
  • October 4, 2023
  • 11:30 AM CDT
  • Nikesh Chapagain
two Chinese athletes had embraced each other after a 100m hurdles race at the Asian Games

The Chinese government has censored the image of two athletes, hugging each other during the Asian games. 

The two Chinese female athletes named Lin Yuwei and Wu Yanni, unintentionally formed 64 when they hugged each other for celebration. 

China Censors Image of Athletes Hugging Over Number

The number 64 denotes the Chinese government’s brutal suppression of pro-democracy protests in 1989.

1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre

The number 64 denotes 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, when the Chinese government murdered thousands of pro-democracy protesters in the capital of China. 

The protests, also known as the June Fourth Incident, were led by students who confronted the authorities for weeks. The Chinese military and police killed thousands of protestors, according to human rights organizations.

Topic is Sensitive in China

Discussing the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre has become a sensitive topic in China. Posts about the incident on Chinese social media face censorship with strict government monitoring. 

The Chinese government has been active in removing any substance that mentions anything related to the event.

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