China Censors Hong Kong’s ‘Occupy Central’ Referendum Vote On Weibo

Michelle Flor Cruz | 23 June 2014 | International Business Times

While hundreds of thousands of people in Hong Kong cast their votes in a sovereignty referendum over the weekend, mainland China’s censors quickly took action to quiet online discussion of the reform initiative on popular social media platform Weibo.

More than 700,000 Hong Kong residents cast their votes in the unofficial poll on electoral reform as part of a larger “Occupy Central with Love and Peace” movement, which promotes the international standard of “universal and equal suffrage” in elections for the chief executive of Hong Kong. China’s central government has instead announced that the upcoming 2017 election for the post will include nominees appointed by a mainland government committee.

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