You know that thing where you're really trying to avoid thinking of an ex but the universe mysteriously conspires to remind you of them at every moment? That happened to the Chinese government today, except with violent repression. The Chinese stock market fell 64.89 points today, the 23rd anniversary of the military crackdown on student protests in Tiananmen Square on June 4th, 1989. 6/4/89. Whoops.
While it would be cool if this was some sort of trick by revolutionary day-traders or a hack, it's probably just a coincidence. Still, it's forced censors to block internet searches for "stock market," "Shanghai stock" and "Shanghai stock market," according to the New York Times. Censors are so eager to erase any mention of Tiananmen that even words like "today," "yesterday," and "tomorrow," have been blocked on Weibo, China's Twitter, according to the China Digital Times. Not sure how that relates to Tiananmen, except that it happened on a day?
The only thing better than this would be if the stock market had fallen and risen during the day in a way which made the graph look like a giant extended middle finger. Maybe next year.
[Image via AP]