Friday, May 3, 2013

Call for Protest Against Chengdu Chemical Plant Gets Censored, Poster is Detained

On April 26, 2013, the following post appeared on Baidu's PostBar (Tieba 贴吧):
May 4, oppose the Pengzhou PX Chemical Plant Project, march and demonstrate, location: Jiuyan Bridge (the government has already approved) make a collective noise, comrades, wave your banners, show our unity for the next generation.
These screenshots show that the post was deleted by May 2.

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This screenshot was taken on May 2, and shows Baidu bans PostBar users from establishing forums on "PX."

On April 26, the Chengdu government published a notice on its Sina Weibo saying that a 33 year-old woman identified as "Fan Doe" had been detained for spreading rumors, specifically:
Based on a preliminary investigation by the Public Security Bureau, Fan Doe is unemployed and financially well-off, and at 10 pm on April 25, based merely on the of a chat with Dan Doe (female, 42), Li Doedoe (female, 50), and others, wrote and published false information such as "march and demonstrate," and "the government has already approved," and used the Internet to broadly disseminate rumors, triggering the disseminated rumors to be broadly transmitted over the Internet, throwing public order into absolute chaos, and severely interfering with the smooth execution of earthquake relief efforts.
The following screenshots were taken on May 2.

Sina Weibo censors "May 4 Stroll" (五月四日 散步)
Tencent Weibo censors "May 4 Jiuyan Bridge Stroll" (五月四日 九眼桥 散步)
Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo censor "Pengzhou PX"  (彭州 PX)
Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo censor "Pengzhou Sinopec" (彭州中石化)