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Germany's Leica draws China's ire with video invoking Tiananmen crackdown

The five-minute video, titled "The Hunt," celebrates western photographers documenting conflicts in foreign countries with their Leica cameras

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Leica Camera AG of Germany is the latest foreign company to spark a backlash in China over marketing material seen as offending local sensibilities, this time for a video that re-creates scenes seemingly from China’s 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. The reaction was swift: After appearing on various websites Thursday, by Friday morning China time the word Leica in English or Mandarin had been banned from the micro-blogging platform Weibo for “violating laws, regulations or the Weibo community guidelines.” Some Weibo commenters lambasted the company, while others ...