Sensitive Words: Riots in Guangdong

Sensitive Words: Riots in Guangdong

As of June 27, the following search terms are blocked on Weibo (not including the “search for user” function):

Riot police in Zhongshan.

Riots in Zhongshan, Guangdong: On Monday a fight broke out between a child from Sichuan and local children in the village of Haotu in Shaxi Township, Guangdong Province. The argument over began over picking mangos and lead to blows. A local security officer was beaten in the scuffle. Migrant workers from Sichuan then began to gather, protest and riot. Officials kept silent about the incident for two days before announcing “the scene is clear.” Video of the clashes have been removed from all major websites. More on the incident from CDT and the BBC.

  • Shaxi (沙溪)
  • Haotu (豪吐)
  • Zhongshan + riot (中山+骚乱)
  • Zhongshan + gathering (中山+聚集)
  • Zhongshan + mango (中山+芒果)
  • Sichuan + elementary school student (四川+小学生)
  • Sichuan + mango (四川+芒果)


Protest in Zuotan Township, Foshan, Guangdong: Residents encircled city hall for about 12 hours on Monday to demand an explanation of the cheap sale of their land from the village Party secretary. Riot police dispersed the crowd early Tuesday morning. More from CDT.

  • Zuotan (左滩)


Retests of Related Words:

  • blockade (封锁)
  • riot (暴乱)
  • conflict (冲突)
  • special police (特警)

Note: All Chinese-language words are tested using simplified characters. The same terms in traditional characters occasionally return different results.

CDT Chinese runs a project that crowd-sources filtered keywords on Sina Weibo search.  CDT independently tests the keywords before posting them, but some searches later become accessible again. We welcome readers to contribute to this project so that we can include the most up-to-date information. To add words, check out the form at the bottom of CDT Chinese’s latest sensitive words post.


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