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China blocks Google sites amid Tiananmen security drive

Published on Jun 3, 2014 5:13 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - Several Google websites have been blocked in China, a monitoring service said on Tuesday, as authorities step up arrests and censorship before the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown.

A stepped-up police presence is visible on Beijing's streets, while dozens have been detained in the run-up to Wednesday's anniversary, when China moves to block any public commemoration.

"I've been ordered to stay close to my house... so I can't live or work normally," environmental activist Wu Lihong told AFP, adding that the restrictions were likely to last until June 10.

Police in Beijing on Sunday detained Chinese-Australian artist Guo Jian, who produced artwork about the crackdown.

A Chinese-language version of Google's search engine web page. -- PHOTO: BLOOMBERG
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