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Zoom blocks, then reinstates, Tiananmen activists' accounts

Wang Dan labels shutdown as 'infringement of America's national interest'

Student protesters arrive at Tiananmen Square to join other pro-democracy demonstrators in May 1989.   © Reuters

PALO ALTO, U.S. -- California-based videoconferencing company Zoom Video Communications temporarily blocked the account of a human rights group that used the platform to stage an online commemoration of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown on Chinese pro-democracy protesters.

The event took place May 31 with about 250 participants. Activists and scholars gave lectures, and more than 4,000 people listened in. The commemoration was organized by California-based Humanitarian China, which said that "a significant proportion of attendees were from China" and that its account was temporarily blocked in early June.

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