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As we said earlier, today, June 4, is the 23rd anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. And in what appears to be a bizarre coincidence—the numbers from China's stock market appeared to commemorate the day.
Today, June 4, is the 23rd anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. And in what appears to be a bizarre coincidence—the numbers from China's stock market appeared to commemorate the day.
The Shanghai Composite Index fell 6.89 points in trading. That's 6-4-8-9, or 6/4 '89. In Chinese, that's exactly the way you say June 4, 1989, the term used specifically for the Tiananmen massacre.
Coincidence? How about the opening numbers for the Index? It opened at 2346.98. Backwards, that's '89 6/4 23, or 1989 -- June 4th -- 23rd anniversary.
It's making a big splash in China, where many people believe numerology has real significance.
In Hong Kong, where people were holding a candlelight vigil, there were mixed feelings.
[Bonny Kwok, Housewife]:
"I believe this is God's plan to a certain extent. It's very cruel for the central government to kill the students using tanks and artillery. But I also believe that there are some people out there who are trying to do this on purpose."
"I don't believe it's God's plan. I think there are people who can manipulate the market. But I think this is a good thing, for people to remember the June 4 crackdown and remind them of the importance to vindicate the Tiananmen incident."
Whether it's God's plan, market manipulation, or just a coincidence, at least Beijing's censors aren't taking any chances. Today, on many websites, they blocked searches related to June 4th, and even to the Shanghai stock market.