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New photos of Tiananmen Square after the massacre

It amazes me to think that Chinese youth have never heard what happened at Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989. But, because of government censorship, that’s the truth.

A Chinese activist and blogger saw a woman’s family photo album that contained photos taken in Tiananmen Square on June 5, 1989, by her husband who was a soldier. The blogger took pictures of the pictures and posted them online in 2007, but the Chinese government deleted them. They were re-posted successfully in 2009 on Twitter on the 20th anniversary. This year the blogger posted them on Facebook and Flicker, but attempts to post on Chinese sites have been unsuccessful.  

France 24 reports:

Zuola is a blogger and activist from mainland China who currently lives in Taipei, Taiwan.
 
In 2007, I met a woman on a train, and we started talking about Tiananmen. She showed me her family’s photo album. Her husband, a soldier, was sent to Tiananmen in 1989. He took these photos on June 5, 1989, the day after the massacre. She didn’t tell me much more than that. I think she didn’t realise that what were just a few snapshots in a family album to her was is proof for many others of the violence that took place on that fateful day. I realized how important this was, so I asked her if she would give me her photos. She refused, so instead I took pictures of them.
 
She told me that many soldiers who had participated in the massacre were never given public sector jobs, as was generally the tradition in this communist system. I imagine the authorities were very worried that after what they had seen and done, these soldiers might actually end up defending democracy.


"Thirty minutes after I posted the photos on Weibo, the site deleted them"

To this day, the exact number of people killed that night remains unknown. According to the Chinese government, several hundred people died, including soldiers.
 
The Chinese authorities censor all information relating to this incident. Typing “Tiananmen” on Chinese search engines only turns up a slideshow of postcard-like photos of the square. In addition, the authorities do not allow any commemorations of this event. Each year, as June 4 approaches, they ramp up security on the ground and online (key words like “four six” and “candle” are currently censored on microblogging site Sina Weibo).
  

200 years of global energy use


"If you want to tell the story of worldwide energy consumption over the past 200 years, you need three chapters. Chapter 1: The Coal Age. Chapter 2: The Oil Age. Chapter 3: The China Age. “

(Source: The Atlantic)

  
Archaeologists in Bulgaria discovered what they believe is the oldest Christian monastery in Europe. 
"According to latest archaeological research, the St. Athanasiusmonastery, still functioning near the village, has been founded in 344 by St. Athanasius himself, reports the BGNES agency.
St. Athanasius of Alexandria (296/8-373) was for a long time Bishop of Alexandria, and is revered as one of the greatest Christian saints.”

Archaeologists in Bulgaria discovered what they believe is the oldest Christian monastery in Europe. 

"According to latest archaeological research, the St. Athanasiusmonastery, still functioning near the village, has been founded in 344 by St. Athanasius himself, reports the BGNES agency.

St. Athanasius of Alexandria (296/8-373) was for a long time Bishop of Alexandria, and is revered as one of the greatest Christian saints.”


  
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