Instagram blocked in China amid protests in Hong Kong

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Currently a massive pro-democracy protest is going on in Hong Kong’s business district, as the China’s government is trying to prevent the images of the ongoing protests to reach mainland China.

Reports say amid the protests, Instagram is currently inaccessible in the area, as China has blocked the access to the website in the mainland.

The site was one of the few social networks that had avoided the attention of China’s censors, but as photos of the protests flooded the image sharing service under the hashtag #OccupyCentral, it seems the government decided to pull the plug.

Website monitoring services blockedinchina.net and greatfire.org both indicate that mainland China cannot access Instagram.

However, a block from Beijing does not mean that Hong Kong has been cut off from the service, as bystanders continue to post photos from the protests onto Instagram from the city.

The apparent Instagram block comes as Hong Kong police forces have intensified their efforts to break up the protests.

The New York Times reported that riot police have been deployed and are using tear gas against protestors. The protests, currently in their third day, are largely led by younger residents who oppose a new proposal that would allow officials in Beijing to approve candidates before election day, a system some say would make a mockery of elections.

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