china's brilliant censorship strategy: umbrellas

As we noted, Thursday marked the twentieth anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. To commemorate the occasion, western journalists were filming in Tiananman last week, when they encountered what has to be the lamest attempt at censorship in the history of censorship... umbrellas.

Every time a member of the media attempted film something, the cameraman's lens was blocked by someone who happened to be holding an umbrella. The entire square was apparently filled with uniformed and plainclothes cops carrying umbrellas. (And not a rain cloud in sight.)

Yes, this is communist China's brilliant strategy to make the world forget the government's bloody Tiananman crackdown, twenty years later. Umbrellas. A bunch of guys with umbrellas, blocking your shot. Wow, I'm forgetting already: CNN, BBC and AFP reporters accosted by umbrella-wielding "undercover" police at Beijing's Tiananmen Square.

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