Monday, November 5, 2012

Searches About Protests In Luzhou, Yinggehai, and Zhenhai Censored by China's Weibos


On October 18, 2012, China's official news agency Xinhua published a report entitled "Calm Restored After Driver's Death Triggers Incident." An excerpt:
Calm has been restored in a city in southwest China's Sichuan Province after residents attacked police cars over the death of a truck driver, a local official said on Thursday.
No casualties occurred when police dealt with the incident, Zhang Wenjun, an official of the Luzhou city government, said at a news briefing.
. . . .
Doctors, who attended the scene, failed to save Gan's life. As a result,some people attacked police cars at the site. Five police cars were set ablaze and two others were burnt completely, said Zhang.
These screenshots show that on October 22, 2012, Sina Weibo was censoring "Luzhou people's anger," (泸州 民愤) and it had stopped censoring it by October 28.


These screenshots were taken on October 25, and show that searches for "Yinggehai" (莺歌海 - in Hainan) on Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo returned no results, just censorship notices.


On October 29, 2012, the state-sponsored Global Times reported:
Following a massive week-long protest by residents, a controversial petrochemical project in the eastern city of Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, was suspended Sunday [October 28]. The protest only ended yesterday evening after clashes broke out between crowds and police in front of the local government compound.
Plans for a multibillion-yuan expansion of an oil refinery and chemical plant, located in Ningbo's Zhenhai district, were temporarily halted pending further "scientific assessments," Ningbo officials announced yesterday evening, vowing that that no "paraxylene (PX) project would be allowed in this city."
These screenshots show that, at some time on October 28, Sina Weibo began censoring searches for "Zhen Hai" (镇 海 - note the space, Sina Weibo had been censoring "Zhenhai" for several days already) and Liu Qi (刘奇 - the mayor of Ningbo). By November 4 Sina had stopped this censorship.