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Oh Snap! China Goes All Out For Its Birthday

Bringing back memories of last Summer's epic Olympic opening ceremony, China went all out to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the communist state. While thousands celebrated the red revolution today, those who did not take part faced tight crackdowns. In fact, gatherings in cities other than Beijing and Hong Kong were banned, as were divorces! There were some anti-government protests in Hong Kong, however.

An American icon also took part in the celebrations, despite the US's historical issues with communist China and its human rights abuses. The Empire State building was lit up in red last night in honor of the anniversary. Protesters called the lighting inappropriate for a symbol of freedom and a "blatant approval" of totalitarianism.


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reesiecup reesiecup 7 years
My classmates and I have been here in Beijing for 3 days now. We decided to stay in yesterday. However, the celebration was viewable on nearly all channels at our hotel, for the exception of 3. I was delighted that this site wasn't blockaded by the "Great Firewall" :)Our experience so far has been pleasant...26 more days to go...
reesiecup reesiecup 7 years
My classmates and I have been here in Beijing for 3 days now. We decided to stay in yesterday. However, the celebration was viewable on nearly all channels at our hotel, for the exception of 3. I was delighted that this site wasn't blockaded by the "Great Firewall" :) Our experience so far has been pleasant...26 more days to go...
mermei mermei 7 years
None of the other restrictions affect me as I don't live in Beijing, but I'd certainly like a post-holiday liberalization of internet restrictions. With all the contested anniversaries this year (Tibet in March, Tiananmen in June, and now the founding), the Chinese internet police have been in high gear and even the popular proxies aren't working. Well, here's hoping....
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