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Why the Numbers 64, 89 and 535 Are Missing From the Chinese Internet

Categories: East Asia, China, Censorship, History

Today is June 4, the 26th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests of 1989 [1].

In recent years, some numbers have gone missing on the Chinese Internet because of censorship. These numbers are 64, 89 and 535 — which stands for May 35, a popular way to refer to June 4 [1]. They are all unsearchable on mainland Chinese search engines and cannot appear in public timelines on social media.

Political cartoonist Biantailajiao highlighted such ridiculous way of erasing history on Twitter:

If possible, they would delete this particular date from the calendar.