China shuts down access to Google ahead of Tiananmen anniversary

FILE - In this March 23, 2010 file photo, flowers are placed on the Google logo outside Google China headquarters in Beijing, China. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
FILE - In this March 23, 2010 file photo, flowers are placed on the Google logo outside Google China headquarters in Beijing, China. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

(CNN) — The Chinese government has shut down access to Google ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown.

Censorship watchdog Greatfire.org reports the search engine, as well as options like Gmail and Google Calendar are inaccessible.

This move came ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown.

Discussion about the event is strictly censored by the Chinese government.

This isn’t the first time this has happened.

In 2012 the site and its services were blocked as the communist party met to appoint new leaders.

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