Thousands of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong have taken to social media to distribute photos and videos of the mass demonstrations that have taken hold of the city since Friday. The government in Beijing, however, appears to be engaged in an effort to ban those images from reaching social media users in mainland China.
Users of the popular photo sharing platform Instagram reported on Monday that the service was down in mainland China. According to the New York Times, Beijing's central propaganda department also ordered websites to delete any mention of this weekend's clashes in Hong Kong. In addition, use of “Occupy Central,” the name of one of the main organizers of the protests, was banned from popular microblogging platform Sina Weibo.
While Instagram images documenting the protests were unavailable in mainland China, the service was still accessible in Hong Kong. These are some of the images Beijing doesn't want its citizens to see: