China: Government’s video-censorship foiled

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Witnessed: 36871 times

Regions: China

Issues: Freedom of opinion & expression, Police brutality, Violence against women

Tags: Chlidren, Cyber-Activism, Gender, Human Rights, Law, Protest, Weblog, Youth

This video contains graphic footage of human rights abuses

When a young teacher is found dead outside her apartment building in Ruian, the police report concludes suicide, but her family and students suspect a cover-up. Over a thousand people take to the streets in protest, and are met with police violence.

Protestors film the clashes on their cellphones, and upload the clips to Chinese video-sharing sites, but the clips are rapidly taken offline - only to re-appear on other sites, as respected English-language Chinese blog Danwei reported.

The Dai Haijing story - pieced together online by Roland Soong of another blog EastSouthWestNorth, or ESWN - is, despite the best efforts of the Chinese authorities, gathering pace online.

Since Global Voices Online's John Kennedy blogged about the disappearing protest videos, also on Tuesday, at least three have emerged on YouTube and on Photobucket, including the video above.

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