Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Baidu And Tencent Begin Censoring Searches for "Maoming PX"

Image showing protests on Caixin
(subsequently deleted)
Shortly after midnight on April 2, 2014, the state sponsored Global Times published an article entitled “Maoming PX Protests Spread to Guangzhou.” Some excerpts:
Protests against paraxylene (PX) project in Maoming, Guangdong Province continued into a third day Tuesday despite local government pledges to conduct a public consultation before giving the project a green light. 
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Around 1,000 protesters took to the streets in Maoming around 5 pm on Tuesday although the crowd dispersed peacefully shortly after. Some protesters lingered in the area, several witnesses told the Global Times. There was no repeat of the scuffles that marred earlier protests when some threw eggs and water bottles at police.
These screenshots show that, some time that same evening, Baidu and Tencent Weibo began censoring searches for “Maoming PX” (茂名 PX).

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