Friday, November 1, 2013

State Media Labels Tiananmen Car Crash Terrorist Incident, Sina Weibo Stops Censoring "Tiananmen Terror"

On the evening of October 30, 2013, the Communist Party mouthpiece the People's Daily published an article entitled "Five Detained Over Tian'anman Terrorist Attack." Some excerpts:
Chinese police have identified Monday's deadly crash at downtown Beijing's Tian'anmen Square as a terrorist attack and five suspects have been detained.
The attack was "carefully planned, organized and premeditated," police said.
With the cooperation of police authorities including those in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Beijing police have captured five suspects who had been at large, a spokesman with the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau said on Wednesday.
Usmen Hasan, his mother, Kuwanhan Reyim, and his wife, Gulkiz Gini, drove a jeep with a Xinjiang plate to crash into a crowd of people at noon on Monday, killing two people and injuring another 40, the spokesman said.
As these screenshots show, shortly after the report was published Sina Weibo stopped censoring searches for "Tiananmen Xinjiang" (天安门 新疆) and "Tiananmen Terror" (天安门 恐怖).

 As this screenshot, taken on November 1, shows, Baidu continues to censor searches for "Tiananmen Terror."
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