Security in Beijing is being stepped up ahead of the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.
The Communist Party is fearful any commemoration of the crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations could challenge its grip on power.
Despite all discussion of 1989’s events being banned, one Beijing resident told journalists that China has moved on.
“I think most ordinary Chinese people are not bothered by the June 4 event now,” she said. “We are more concerned about living a stable life.”
However, for pro-democracy supporters, little has changed in China in the last 20 years.
Activist and human rights lawyer Li Baiguang said:
“The government has become stronger over 20 years, but the strength of the citizens has not grown at all. How can we build democracy? From the inside; building the rule of law, protecting people’s rights and using the law to tame the government.”
In a sign of nervousness, Chinese authorities blocked several Internet services on Tuesday.
Foreign news broadcasts in China have also been cut this week with a number of TV crews prevented from filming in Tiananmen Square.