Friday, December 13, 2013

Sina Weibo Censors Searches About Mass Suicide Attempt in Beijing

On December 12, 2013, the state sponsored published an article on its web site entitled "Not Satisfied With Compensation for Demolished Homes, 12 Wuhan Petitioners Drink Pesticide in Beijing" ( 不满拆迁补偿 12名武汉访民北京集体喝农药). Some excerpts:
Shortly after 4 o'clock in the afternoon on December 10, 12 petitioners from Wuhan (3 men and 9 women) drank pesticide in the area near Qianmen in an effort to protest four years of ineffective petitioning.
These screenshots show that on December 12 Sina Weibo began censoring searches for "12 Wuhan Petitioners Drink Pesticide in Beijing in Mass Suicide Attempt" (12名武汉访民在北京集体喝农药自杀).