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PUBLISHED : Monday, 03 June, 2013, 1:16pm
UPDATED : Monday, 03 June, 2013, 1:56pm

Shenzhen University bans students from 'black shirt' campaign on June 4 eve

University on edge, forbidding students from wearing Tiananmen 'mourning clothes' ahead of June 4 anniversary

As Hong Kong prepares to commemorate the Tiananmen Square crackdown, authorities in neighbouring Guangdong province are beginning to get shifty about domestic dissenters.  

“Black shirt” campaigns to mourn victims of the June 4, 1989, event are being pre-emptively suppressed on university campuses, China Digital Times (CDT) reported on Monday. The campaign, which began in Hong Kong last year, involves people dressing in black attire to mourn victims who were killed in Beijing in the government crackdown on student-led pro-democracy protests 24 years ago.

Twitter user @64_black_shirt posted a Shenzhen University memo sent out to campus faculty and staff on Friday. It warned them “not to go to Hong Kong” and to be alert for any “situations” that would need to be “handled”.

“The international reactionary organisation has recently launched a 'mourning clothes' movement. The university must carry out stability maintenance work especially well, unconditionally obeying school plans," the CDT quoted the memo as saying.

"There must be no reactionary speech, [online] forum discussions or demonstrations.” 

The note said the school would clamp down on any sign of protest on and off campus, including in departments, dormitories and cafeterias.

Guangdong is seen by many as relatively freer than the rest of the mainland, because of its more liberal media, proximity to Hong Kong and history of being one of the country’s first special economic zones spearheaded by Deng Xiaoping.

Last year, the June 4 candlelight vigil at Hong Kong's Victoria Park saw its highest turnout ever. Organisers, who placed the headcount at 180,000, are expecting a record turnout at this year's event.


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Isn't this what the 'reactionaries' want to see actually implemented?
hard times !
if you really teach at Shenzhen,you can never read this article on SCMP ! Right ? you are just a liar and a crook, I regret to say ! If you dare climb over the Great Firewall set up by the cyber cops on Mainland to read Hong Kong newspapers (except the official mouthpieces like Tai Kung Pao or Man Wui Pao), you risk losing your teaching job right away ! Right ? Don't tell lies in broad daylight ! Someone are feared of the words:'June 4th ' to death since it was their nightmare or the shameless act committed by the Communist Party towards her people since 1949 ! Right ? Liar, go across the border and visit Shenzhen's universities to see if any students dare put on black T-shirts/shirts today ?
hard times !
At first, naive Chinese people,the commoners thought that the new ruling team led by President Xi Jin-ping who publicly pledged to combat corruption and his government would be a clean and thrifty one.Yet on monitoring dissidents and activists on Mainland,the authorities appear no less lenient than the predecessors--either Jiang or Hu.Now university students on Mainland have been banned wearing black shirts/T-shirts to mourn for the victims/the killed on June 4th 1989 tonight and tomorrow---even the right to wear what types of clothing is limited and controlled by the government.How autocratic the Communist Party government is ! Drop your hopes or wishes of this Xi regime ! Fight for our liberty and safeguard our core values here in Hong Kong ! See you tomorrow at Victoria Park and let us all dress in black tomorrow ! Okay ?
I teach at SZU. I'm gonna show this article to my students today just for laughs.
well I just got back from class, saw no unusual police activity on campus, the students seemed amused by the article. Most of them know what today is all about. but they didn't know anything about the memo. Apparently it just went out to staff and Chinese teachers. Anyway it all looked like business as usual today at SZU.
Yes I really teach at SZU. The articles in SCMP related to this incident are not blocked in China today for some odd reason. Anyway I have a VPN. I'll check back with you later and let you know what students here are wearing.
good, that would be interesting to know. I guess that they will not want to get into trouble.
CNN is being blocked in Shenzhen today even before the presenter finishes uttering the second syllable of the word Tiananmen. The slide they throw up is "technical difficulties". All my other cable channels are fine. They are even blocking the word Victoria, as in the live shots of the harbor during their news broadcast Newsline.


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