Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Renhuai - Another Protest, Another City Disappears from Sina Weibo

Protesters in Renhuai, Guizhou
On July 23, 2012, the state-sponsored Global Times reported:
Thousands of residents of Renhuai, southwestern China's Guizhou Province took to the streets on Friday and Saturday to protest inadequate compensation offered to farmers after the local government expropriated  their land to make way for an industrial park that will turn the city into "the Liquor Capital of China."
According to a press release posted on the local government's official website, the mass gathering was incited by a dozen farmers, and government offices and vehicles were damaged by the crowd that had gathered.
Witnesses, however, said around 7,000 people gathered in front of the government building of Tanchang town in Renhuai, and thousands of armed police were dispatched in the city.
The screenshot, taken on July 23, shows that a search for "Renhuai" (仁怀) on Sina Weibo returned no results, just a notice saying: "In accordance with relevant laws, regulations, and policies, search results for 'Renhuai' have not been displayed." (根据相关法律法规和政策,“仁怀”搜索结果未予显示。)