Sensitive Words: The Umbrella Revolution
As of October 1, the following search terms are blocked on Weibo (not including the “search for user” function).
- 雨伞革命: umbrella revolution–So called after protesters used umbrellas to protect themselves from tear gas. #UmbrellaRevolution and #UmbrellaMovement are trending on Twitter.
- 遮打革命: Chater revolution–Chater Garden is next to the Legislative Council offices in Central.
- 伞花革命: umbrella flower revolution
- 必须旗帜鲜明地反对动乱: It Is Necessary to Take a Clear-cut Stand Against Disturbances–Headline of the April 26, 1989 People’s Daily editorial widely viewed as a turning point in the government’s stance towards the protest in Tiananmen Square. Today’s edition of the People’s Daily issued an eerily similar analysis of the Hong Kong protests.
- 戴耀廷: Benny Tai–Associate professor of law at the University of Hong Kong and a founder of Occupy Central
- 朱耀明: Chu Yiu-ming: Reverend Chu is one of the founders of Occupy Central. He helped some of the student protest leaders flee China after the June 4, 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protests.
- 谁还未发声: Do You Hear the People Sing–The rallying cry from the musical Les Misérables emerged as a Hong Kong protest song earlier this year. The Chinese authorities have ordered that mainland websites delete music videos of the song with new Cantonese lyrics.
- 公民提名: citizen nomination
- 添马公园: Tamar Park
- 胡椒喷雾: pepper spray
- 示威＋胡（椒）: demonstrate + hu: The first character in “pepper” (胡椒 hujiao) is blocked when searched in combination with “demonstrate.”
- 香港＋清场: Hong Kong + clear the square
- 基本法＋23（条）: Basic Law + (Article) 23–If signed into law, Article 23 would criminalize subversion of the “Central People’s Government.” Protests in 2003 forced the Hong Kong government to shelve the bill indefinitely. First block detected July 2, 2013.
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.
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