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Shanghai Stock Market Echo of Tiananmen Date Sets Off Censors

“Maybe it was just a coincidence, but when the Shanghai Stock Exchange fell 64.89 points on Monday ??? uncannily echoing the date of the Tiananmen Square crackdown on pro-democracy students on June 4, 1989, exactly 23 years earlier ??? the Chinese blogosphere went into a tizzy. [..] In a nation where numerology is taken very seriously, the censors quickly began blocking searches for ???stock market,??? ???Shanghai stock,??? ???Shanghai stock market,??? ???index??? and related terms. They also deleted large numbers of microblog postings about the numerical surprise.”



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