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Thousands March in Hong Kong to Commemorate 1989 Tiananmen Protests

Demonstrators took to the streets Sunday afternoon holding yellow umbrellas

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Pro-democracy protesters carry placards with Chinese reads "Vindicate June 4th" during a demonstration in Hong Kong, May 26, 2019. VOA

More than 2,000 people are marching in Hong Kong to mark 30 years since a pro-democracy protest in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square ended in bloodshed.

Demonstrators took to the streets Sunday afternoon holding yellow umbrellas that read “Support Freedom, Oppose Evil Laws.”

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More than 2,000 people are marching in Hong Kong. Pixabay

Some people carried a black coffin, while others pushed wheeled white crosses and the numbers 6 and 4 – a nod to the day on June 4, 1989, when leaders of China’s ruling Communist Party ordered the military to re-take Tiananmen Square from student-led protesters.

Hundreds, if not thousands, of unarmed protesters and onlookers were killed late on June 3 and in the early hours of June 4 as a result of the martial action.

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Commemorations of the event are strictly banned in mainland China. (VOA)

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Twitter Suspends More Than 2 Lakh Accounts Targeting HK Protests

The micro-blogging platform said it will also ban ads from China-backed media companies

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Twitter is a social media app that encourages short tweets and brief conversations. Pixabay

Twitter has suspended more than 200,000 accounts that were part of the Chinese government’s influence campaign and targeted protest movement and the call for political change in Hong Kong.

The disclosure consists of 936 accounts originating from within the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

“Overall, these accounts were deliberately and specifically attempting to sow political discord in Hong Kong, including undermining the legitimacy and political positions of the protest movement on the ground,” Twitter said in a blog post late Monday.

Specifically, the company identified large clusters of accounts behaving in a coordinated manner to amplify messages related to the Hong Kong protests.

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FILE – A man reads tweets on his phone in front of a displayed Twitter logo. VOA

“As Twitter is blocked in China, many of these accounts accessed Twitter using VPNs. However, some accounts accessed Twitter from specific unblocked IP addresses originating in mainland China,” it added.

All the accounts have been suspended for a range of violations of Twitter’s platform manipulation policies like spam, coordinated activity, fake accounts, attributed activity and violative content.

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The micro-blogging platform said it will also ban ads from China-backed media companies. (IANS)