September 30, 2014
SHANGHAI (AP) - China's share benchmark has fallen afoul of the country's Internet censors by appearing to mark the 23rd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.
In an unlikely coincidence certainly unwelcome to China's communist rulers, the stock benchmark fell 64.89 points Monday, matching the numbers of the June 4, 1989 crackdown in the heart of Beijing.
In China's lively microblog world, "Shanghai Composite Index" soon joined the many words blocked by censors.
In another odd twist, the index opened at 2,364.98. That is being interpreted as 23rd anniversary of the June 4, 1989 crackdown when read from right to left.
Public discussion of the Tiananmen crackdown remains taboo. Analysts refused to comment on the numbers.
Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.