Notes found demanding June 4 'redress' and end to one-party rule
Notes with the words 'redress June 4' were found yesterday in government buildings and on a notice board outside the Xinhua offices in Changle, Fujian , amid tight security on the eve of the 21st anniversary of the June 4 Tiananmen crackdown.
The notes - allegedly written by the 'China Democratic Party's Fujian branch', vowing to 'redress June 4', 'stop one-party rule' and 'set up the third republic' - had been found in Changle since Tuesday.
Television footage and pictures online showed that some of the notes had also been posted on utility poles outside the municipal government building and some community billboards.
Mainland authorities have spared no effort to deflect public attention from the bloody June 4 crackdown in Beijing by prohibiting all kind of public commemorations in the run-up to the anniversary.
Activists in the capital, Sichuan, Chongqing, Guizhou and Zhejiang have complained that more cameras had been installed around their residences to prevent them from organising public memorials.
Plain-clothes and uniformed police have been sent to every corner of Tiananmen Square, where thousands of students protested for democratic reform.
Despite tight security across the nation for 21 years around the date, some activists have found opportunities to remind people on the mainland about the protest. On June 3, 2007, a classified advertisement saluting the mothers of Tiananmen crackdown victims was published in the Chengdu Evening News in Sichuan, causing the paper's two senior officials to be suspended over the 'mistake'.