Sensitive: PX Protests, Tigers, More
As of March 31, the following search terms are blocked on Sina Weibo (not including the “search for user” function).
Crackdown on Environmental Protest: The call to halt construction of a paraxylene (PX) processing plant in Maoming, Guangdong has been met with violent police suppression, according to online accounts.
- Maoming (茂名)
- Pengzhou Petrochemicals (彭州石化): Retested. Chengdu residents protested the construction of a PX processing plant last May.
Power Tigers Felled: On March 24, the central government announced the dismissal of Three Gorges Corporation’s chairman of the board and president, leading to speculation about an oncoming “seismic shift” in China’s energy industry [zh].
- Three Gorges+tiger (三峡＋老虎)
- electric power+tiger (电力＋老虎)
Blocked Name: Tan Zuoren (谭作人), who just completed a five-year prison sentence following his investigation of school collapses in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.
Via CDT Chinese.
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