'Occupy Beijing'? Not so fast, says Chinese government

Protests against the abuses of high finance and big banks modeled on the Occupy Wall Street movement are spreading around the world. But one place they may not be coming to anytime soon is China, according to the China Digital Times.

To keep its citizens from organizing such protests using social media, China's government has added to its list of banned terms in Web searches. Users of the country's popular microblogging site Sina Weibo will now be forbidden from searching for phrases that could be tied to the Occupy Wall Street movement.

The banned search terms include any permutation of the word "Occupy" followed by any of the country's provincial capitals, any cities other than capitals, any regions of the country that are highly developed economically, or any symbolically significant local areas, the Digital Times reports.

So if Chinese citizens want to join the global demonstrations against the financial elite, they'll have to find some way other than social media to spread the word because searches for "Occupy Beijing" will come up empty.

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