It has been 25 years since the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protest and crackdown have happened. For those who don’t know what this was, it was a large city square in Beijing, named after the Tiananmen gate, which was located in the north, separating it from the Forbidden City. The square is best known for, recently, being the focal point for the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, which was a pro-democracy movement, and ended with a declaration of martial law in Beijing by the government, along with the shooting of several hundred or thousands of civilians by soldiers.
Because the this crackdown is over, China has restored access to Google services in the country. For about a month, they had totally blocked Google access in the run up to the anniversary. There was denial from the Chinese government about its interference with the access to Google and that it was an issue on Google’s end.
According to Reuters, there was again denial to Chinese users to Google search and Maps. It wasn’t just Google services that were blocked as well. Flicker, KakaoTalk and Line (the last two being South-Korean-based messaging services) were affected as well, but now are completely restored.
Even though the government had blamed Google for the month-long interruptions, a number of sources confirmed that China as behind the near-total censorship of Google and other internet services. It didn’t help that both China and Google had been butting heads since the government attempted to hack into Gmail to get information on Chinese dissidents, as well as democracy activists.