Xinhua Reports Chen Guangcheng "Left of Own Volition," Sina Weibo Begins Censoring "Left of Own Volition."

At around 3:30 pm on May 2, 2012, Xinhua reported Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Liu Weimin said that "Chen Guangcheng, a native from Yinan County of eastern China's Shandong Province, entered the U.S. Embassy in Beijing in late April and left of his own volition after staying there for six days." (山东省沂南县人陈光诚于4月下旬进入美国驻华使馆停留6天后自行离开。)

The screenshots show that a search for "Left of his own volition" (自行离开) on Sina Weibo at 6:00 pm was returning over 300,000 results. The same search done less than a half hour later only returned a notice saying: "In accordance with relevant laws, regulations, and policies, search results for 'Left of his own volition' have not been displayed." (根据相关法律法规和政策,“自行离开”搜索结果未予显示)
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