BEIJING, June 3 (UPI) -- The Chinese government has mostly succeeded in censoring the history of the Tiananmen Square massacre from the Internet before the 25th anniversary.
While people around the world commemorate the events that took place, the Chinese government will follow its tradition of acting like the massacre never took place. The country went as far as blocking access to Google ahead of the anniversary. State media has been ordered not to mention it, and most young people in China know very little about the massacre since it isn't mentioned in Chinese textbooks.
Hong Kong, the one city-state not under the jurisdiction of the Chinese government, will have their annual candlelight vigil, which over 150,000 people are expected to attend.
Some have found ways around the government's censorship. One Instagram user posted a picture at Tiananmen Square with someone holding up black playing cards showing the numbers 8964 to mark the anniversary and red cards displaying AK47 to symbolize the guns used by the military.
One group is using the website backtotiananmen.com to encourage people to come the square Wednesday, but instead of holding banners or chanting slogans, they instead want people to sing Do you hear the people sing? from the play Les Miserables.
Mike Chinoy, CNN's former Beijing bureau chief, who reported on the massacre in 1989, reflected on the Chinese approach to the anniversaryin a feature on CNN's website.
"Beijing's approach to June 4 therefore remains a paradox. A quarter of a century later, the Communist Party still feels compelled to use all the powers of the state to convince people inside China that nothing worth remembering happened on a date that, outside the country, will be an occasion for reflection and analysis of what remains the gravest crisis the Party has faced since the revolution of 1949."