Beijing Tiananmen Square Management Committee announced on May 24 to suspend visits to the Square from May 25 to June 15. The committee claims that the measure is to deter the virus’s spread.

According to Central News Agency, this is the first time that Tiananmen Square has been closed due to the outbreak.

On the same day, a protest broke out at Beijing Normal University. The students protested against the school’s pandemic prevention policy. They marched with the slogan, “DaChu xing, ChenSheng wang.” The saying originated from the uprising of ChenSheng and Wu Guang back in 209 B.C. The purpose was to overthrow the Qin dynasty and pave the way for the Han dynasty.

In this regard, U.S.-based Chinese writer Fang Shimin refers to the protest to the democracy protests at Tiananmen Square in 1989.

Around this time last year, the Chinese regime suspended a Hong Kong museum commemorating the Tiananmen Square Massacre. In 2020, The Chinese Communist Party used the same COVID-19 prevention reason to justify the ban of Tiananmen Square massacre memorial events in Hong Kong.

Public tributes to the Tiananmen Square massacre have long been prohibited on the Chinese mainland. The events of June 4 have been erased from Chinese history books. Any criticism of the crackdown is heavily suppressed.

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