Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Report of Public Group Poisoning in Beijing Disappears (Again)

On August 15, 2015, the state sponsored news outlet Caixin published photos such as the one below on its website under the heading “Many People Drink a Drug and Collapse in a Group at Shichahai in Beijing” (北京什刹海多人喝药集体倒地).

The caption under the photos said:
On the afternoon of August 15, 2015, at the gate of the Shichahai Flower Market in the Western District of Beijing, several people fell to the ground and showed clear indications of being unwell. It is currently not possible to ascertain the reason. Police quickly cordoned off the area and ambulances arrived shortly thereafter, and some of the unwell group were taken to the hospital.
The photos were deleted within hours.

Original URL: http://photos.caixin.com/2015-08-15/100840027.html

These screenshots show that a search on Sina Weibo on August 15 for the phrase “Many People Drink a Drug and Collapse in a Group at Shichahai in Beijing” (北京什刹海多人喝药集体倒地) returned several posts containing photos of the incident, but the same search done on August 16 returns a notice that no search results could be found.
Below are the photos from the deleted posts.

In May of this year China's web sites censored photos of a mass suicide attempt in Wangfujing, Beijing - http://blog.feichangdao.com/2015/04/chinas-search-engines-news-websites.html