Fam­ily buries ac­tivist shot by Is­raeli troops

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The Is­raelis ‘‘should leave our lands and let us alone to live in free­dom,’’ she said, urg­ing Pales­tinian fac­tions to unite against Is­rael and US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

Gaza’s Ha­mas rulers have or­ches­trated the protests, in part to call for the lift­ing of a crip­pling decade-long Is­raeli and Egyp­tian block­ade.

The demon­stra­tions draw Pales­tini­ans of all ages, but most gather sev­eral hun­dred me­tres from the fence. It’s usu­ally young men who ap­proach the bar­rier, hurl­ing rocks and fire­bombs at Is­raeli forces on the other side, who re­spond with tear gas, rub­ber-coated bul­lets and live fire.

Is­raeli forces have shot and wounded thou­sands of Pales­tini­ans since the protests be­gan. A num­ber of fel­low protesters at­tended yes­ter­day’s fu­neral in wheel­chairs or walk­ing with crutches.

Is­rael ac­cuses Ha­mas of us­ing the protests as a cover for at­tacks and says it only uses force to de­fend its bor­ders. –AP China has launched a sweep­ing crack­down on so­cial me­dia and in­ter­net use as it pre­pares for the 30th an­niver­sary in June of the bloody sup­pres­sion of stu­dent-led protests in Tianan­men Square.

The in­ter­net cen­sor has un­veiled a six-month cam­paign against on­line ‘‘neg­a­tive and harm­ful in­for­ma­tion’’ even though the highly sen­si­tive mile­stone is al­ready banned from men­tion by name.

The gov­ern­ment cen­sors the in­ter­net widely through a ‘‘Great Fire­wall’’ of reg­u­la­tion and has re­cently started prose­cut­ing those who use proxy servers, or vir­tual pri­vate net­works, to ac­cess banned sites such as Face­book and Google.

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping has a blan­ket pol­icy of of­fi­cial am­ne­sia about the events of 1989, which marked the great­est chal­lenge to the Com­mu­nist Party dur­ing its seven decades in power.

Mas­sive democ­racy protests in Bei­jing came to a bloody con­clu­sion when troops and tanks were de­ployed on June 4, 1989. The next day, a lone man was filmed stand­ing in front of a col­umn of tanks in an in­deli­ble im­age of de­fi­ance.

Com­mem­o­ra­tions are sched­uled in the Chi­nese ter­ri­tory of Hong Kong, with fall-back plans to stage some events in Tai­wan.

This year also marks the 60th an­niver­sary in March of the crush­ing of the 1959 Ti­bet upris­ing and the flight into ex­ile in In­dia of the Dalai Lama, the spir­i­tual leader.

For Xi, the only Tianan­men Square mile­stone that mat­ters is

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