Humanitarian China’s ZOOM account
shut down after Conference Commemorating 31st anniversary of Tiananmen
By Humanitarian China Team
June 11, 2020
On May 31st, Humanitarian China held
the first ever ZOOM conference to commemorate the 31st anniversary of
the Tiananmen Massacre. On June 7th, Around 10 PM EST, the ZOOM account
used for this conference displayed a message that it had been shut down,
and repeated logins failed. ZOOM has not responded to our requests for
The Conference represented many of the most important groups of the 1989
pro-democracy Movement and Tiananmen Massacre. More than 250 people
worldwide joined the conference on ZOOM, while more than 4000 streamed
through Social Media. A significant proportion of attendees were from
China. Our conference provided many the opportunity to connect with
activists abroad for the first time. As the most comprehensive Tiananmen
conference of the last 31 years, the event was announced and reported by
many news outlets.
Speakers included the Tiananmen Mothers, workers severely punished for
resisting the butchering troops, organizers of the Hong Kong Candlelight
Vigil, writers and scholars, as well as former student leaders.
Prevented by police from reporting live, most speakers from China sent
pre recorded messages. Dong Shengkun, who priorly spent 17 years
imprisoned by the Chinese Government, was detained for 5 days to prevent
him from attending the conference live.
We are outraged by this act from ZOOM, a U.S company. Simultaneous to
our censoring, thousands in relation to the Tiananmen Commemoration and
Free Hong Kong Movements were silenced within China both online and
through in person detainments. The ZOOM accounts of Wang Dan and the
Hong Kong Alliance were also shut down. Another commemoration event
encouraging dialogue on the Massacre was attacked twice by hackers,
preventing viewers from logging in.
As the most commercially popular meeting software worldwide, ZOOM is
essential as an unbanned outreach to Chinese audiences remembering and
commemorating Tiananmen Massacre during the Coronavirus Pandemic.
It seems possible ZOOM acted on pressure from the CCP to shut down our
account. If so, ZOOM is complicit in erasing the memories of the
Tiananmen Massacre in collaboration with an authoritarian government.
Humanitarian China demands an explanation of why our account was shut
down, we will pursue other channels to protect our rights.