Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Demonstrations Reported in Yuyao, Baidu and Sina Weibo Begin Censoring "Yuyao Demonstrations"

Images From Deleted Sina Weibo Post
On October 16, 2013, the state sponsored Global Times published an English language article entitled "Official Calls for Restraint in Yuyao." Some excepts:
Cai Qi, head of the Organization Department of the Communist Party of China Zhejiang Provincial Committee, called for residents in Yuyao to restrain from radical acts on his Tencent Weibo account Tuesday, saying that local government officials have been trying their best in disaster relief. 
Many residents in Yuyao also called for rational reflection on the city's disaster warning and emergency response system instead of blind protest on Tuesday, while thousands of people gathered to criticize the government's ineffectiveness in the disaster relief work following Typhoon Fitow brought severe flood to the city. 
The rally, organized by some residents through Weibo, text messages and WeChat, began early Tuesday morning in front of the city's government building.
These screenshots show that at some time on Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning (October 15-16), Baidu and Sina Weibo began censoring searches for "Yu Yao Demonstrations" (余姚 示威).

These screenshots were taken on October 16, and show that the same search on Tencent Weibo returns no results, and Sogou and Qihoo are also censoring searches for those terms.

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