Sunday, June 30, 2013

Discussion of Disturbance in Hotan, Xinjiang Disappears From China's Social Networks

On June 28, 2013, the state-sponsored Tianshan Net published an article entitled "Group Gathers for Mass Disturbance in Tuoshan Xinjiang, No Injuries or Fatalities" (新疆妥善处置一起群体聚集闹事事件 无群众伤亡). The report stated:
At 3:30 pm on June 28, an armed group gathered to create a disturbance in Hanerik Township in Hotan, Xinjiang, public security agencies urgently handled the situation, and detained the troublemakers in accordance with the law, and the situation quickly quieted down.
These screenshots show that Sina Weibo was censoring searches for "Hotan" (和田), and Tencent Weibo was censoring searches for "Hotan Disturbance" (和田 骚乱).

These screenshots show that a user of Baidu's PostBar (Tieba 贴吧) forums reposted the Tianshan story, and that the post was deleted within hours.
 See also: Violence in Xinjiang Leaves Dozens Dead - A Look at the Censorship