China Censors Web to Curb Inner Mongolia Protests

By Michael Kan

Protests in Inner Mongolia over the killing of a Mongolian shepherd by Han truck drivers.

China is blocking mention of Inner Mongolia on Chinese microblogs and social networking sites, as part of an effort to clamp down on protests that broke out last week in the region.

Two of the most popular microblog services operating in China no longer allow users to search for the term “Inner Mongolia.” Sina‘s and Tencent‘s microblogs have 140 million and 160 million users, respectively.

Social networking site Renren, nicknamed “Facebook of China”, is also preventing users from posting about “Inner Mongolia.” Renren users who have registered China’s Inner Mongolia region as their hometown also reported that their friends cannot fully view their user pages.

The censorship comes after protests erupted in the region when an ethnic Mongolian shepherd was run over by an ethnic Han truck driver, according to human rights groups. Ethnic Mongolians in the region have taken to the streets, prompting authorities to declare martial law in some of the cities…

…Read more from PCWorld

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