Chinese Censors Struggle to Block Social Media Salutes to Nobel Winner Liu Xiaobo

HONG KONG - JUNE 29: (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT) Pro-democracy protesters holds a sit-in demanding the release of activist Liu Xiaobo on the day of the arrival of Chinese President Xi Jinping on June 29, 2017 in Hong Kong. Chinese President Xi Jinping is visiting Hong Kong between June 29 and July 1 for the 20th anniversary of the city's handover to Chinese sovereignty. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)
The Chinese government worked very hard to erase the existence of Nobel Prize-winning dissident Liu Xiaobo, making it a criminal offense merely to mention his name. Nevertheless, Chinese citizens are finding clever ways to dodge the Beijing Internet police, celebrating the life of the famed democracy activist and mourning his death in custody this week.