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Chinese bloggers recall 'Beijing Spring'

Latest update : 2009-04-15

The Web reacts to the opposition rally against Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili. Also in today's edition: 20 years after the start of the movement, Chinese bloggers recall the "Beijing Spring" that ended with the Tiananmen massacre.

Georgian opposition
 

In Georgia, the political opposition is planning daily protests to encourage President Mikheil Saakashvili to resign; a protest movement echoed by the Web.

 

‘Why?’ this is the question asked to the Georgian President in this video, broadcast on line. A way of accusing Saakashvili of leading the country into a hopeless war against Russia last August.

 

And on sharing sites many videos of the protests, which have been held since last Thursday in the capital, have been posted by Net users eager to indicate the scale of the demos.

 

The micro blogging platform Twitter has been stormed by Georgian Net users who are using it to give live accounts of the situation, while publishing these photos to illustrate their remarks.

 

 

Journalism students also rallied by creating this site to cover the protests. A blogger recounts that a barricade was set up around the Presidential palace on Monday night.

 

China: 20 years after Tiananmen

 

Twenty years ago, the first pro-Democratic protests were held in Tiananmen Square, sparking off ‘Beijing Spring’. A movement that was repressed by the authorities and ended in bloodshed, something the blogosphere has not forgotten.

 

On YouTube, countless videos evoke the student protests organised to call for political reform. A dispute that ended with the Tiananmen Square massacre on June 4, 1989.

 

This report, available on line, concerns young people’s perception of this dark page in Chinese history. To the director’s great surprise, this student explains that she had no precise idea of what happened that year.

 

 

Mothers of victims continue their protests. Their testimonies are available on this site which also proposes a petition to ask the authorities to take responsibility for the massacre.

 

 

Facebook users have mixed feelings. This Chinese boy denies there was ever a massacre in Tiananmen Square, while this group calls for the events of 89 never to be forgotten.

 

Subway map of the Internet


A Swiss company has made a map of the Internet by transposing the Web’s most affluent sites and personalities onto the Tokyo subway map. You will see, for example, the CNN site on the line that lists information sites. Twitter, the latest Web 2.0 phenomenon, is situated on one of the most important hubs of the Tokyo subway network.

 

Classical music online

 

Calling all classical music lovers! Until March 20, the ‘video on request site’, Medici.tv, is making high-definition anthology concerts available to net users, free of charge. Discover for example, the performance by Italian conductor “Claudio Abbado” at the Lucerne Festival in 2005.

 

Date created : 2009-04-15

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