Chinese censors banned anyone from writing the country’s capital on social media this week following a rare protest directed against President Xi Jinping. An extraordinary protest on Thursday afternoon saw two large banners unfurled on a busy bridge in Beijing, calling for mass strikes and the overthrow of President Xi. Authorities from the Chinese Communist Party were rattled and went “into overdrive to erase all traces of the anti-Xi Jinping protest”.
CNN’s Selina Wang tweeted that “hours after the protest, Chinese censors banned words of the location & even words like ‘warrior’, ‘courage’, ‘brave man’.
“Countless wechat counts suspended for even vague mentions of the incident.”
Posts containing the words Beijing, bridge, or Haidian were also immediately banned while a song that shared the name of the bridge was taken down from streaming services.
On Friday morning a hashtag, which simply read “I saw it,” had been viewed more than 180,000 times before it was also deleted.
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In a CNN report, Ms Wang said: “This is a regime obsessed with social stability, which is why we saw these censors go into overdrive to erase every trace of this protest.”
One of the banners unfurled on the Sitong bridge read: “Go on strike. Remove dictator and national traitor Xi Jinping.”
The other read: “We want food, not PCR tests. We want freedom, not lockdowns. We want respect, not lies.
“We want reform, not a Cultural Revolution. We want a vote, not a leader. We want to be citizens, not slaves.”