Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Sina Weibo Censors Searches About Protests in Linshui Sichuan

On May 19, 2015, the state sponsored Global Times published an article entitled “Sichuan County Denies Protestors Killed.” Some excerpts:
The local government of Linshui in Southwest China's Sichuan Province on Monday denied violently repressing its residents, who took to the streets to demand a regional railway pass through their county.  
Thousands of residents in Linshui county gathered in Saturday morning and marched on the streets for several hours, demanding the planned railway linking Dazhou, Sichuan to Chongqing municipality pass through Linshui instead of the neighboring city of Guang'an.
Linshui authorities published a statement on their website Monday, saying that there were no deaths in the protest despite some 30 police officers and 38 residents being injured, refuting media reports saying that four people allegedly died and more than 100 were injured.
This screenshot was taken on May 17, 2015, and shows that Sina Weibo was censoring search results for “Linshui Railway” (邻水 铁路).

This screenshot, taken the same day, shows a post reporting injuries and fatalities as protestors clashed with police. There is a notice on the post saying it had been reported for policy violations. The post, originally available here - - was subsequently deleted.

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