THE WHITE PAPER REVOLUTION
Written by Peter Boykin on November 29, 2022
Shared By Peter Boykin – American Political Commentator / Citizen Journalist
THE WHITE PAPER REVOLUTION
Chinese citizens are in an open revolt against the Chinese Communist Party [CCP], taking to the streets, clashing with police, and calling for the resignation of President Xi Jinping over his zero-Covid policy.
Why? The root is China’s extremely authoritarian zero-Covid policy, where a small number of positive covid cases in a city can result in millions being locked down.
In the best case, citizens are forced into strict quarantine at home with limited access to food and resources.
In the worst case, citizens are dragged off to Covid detention centers for weeks at a time.
The protests are being labeled the White Paper Revolution by Chinese citizens using blank white sheets of paper as the symbol of their rebellion, holding them at protests and posting them online.
In China, criticizing the CCP can result in severe punishment, so the blank white paper is both a commentary on the country’s extreme censorship and a way to avoid punishment.
The protest heat map: One layer down from the root cause [zero-Covid policy] are key events that have led to the national uprising:
📍 Urumqi building fire: Ten people were killed in a fire in an apartment building in the western city of Urumqi, where residents have been locked down for over 100 days. Lockdowns prevented people from evacuating, according to the NY Times. They also prevented emergency services from reaching the building in time.
📍 Foxconn: Thousands of workers at the Foxconn factory in Zhengzhou city, the largest iPhone factory in China, joined protests over working conditions as a result of the zero-Covid policy. These protests were violent, with workers smashing surveillance cameras and windows and attacking security that tried to stop the protests.
📍 Student uprising: In major Chinese cities like Beijing and Shanghai, college students have taken to the streets to protest in support of the two aforementioned protests, chanting “Down with the Chinese Communist Party” and “Down with Xi”.
What happens next: Xi isn’t going to let this go on much longer. Expect him to use a show of strength to quiet the protests.
[Source: Vox, The Guardian]
Protests against Zero Covid allegedly in Guangzhou. pic.twitter.com/kEEb2SIroy
— China Uncensored (@ChinaUncensored) November 25, 2022
As the world watched China erupt in protest today, YouTube once again censored our coverage. Our episode on the enormous protests at Foxconn was age-restricted, essentially killing the viewership. No reason was given. This is a travesty @TeamYouTube #Chinahttps://t.co/FhKONGcFDm pic.twitter.com/UTy6j7TLg8
— China Uncensored (@ChinaUncensored) November 28, 2022
This was such a brilliant video I subtitled it so more people can watch it. Beijing students' response last night to accusations that there are 'foreign forces' at play in this weekend's protests
— Cindy Yu (@CindyXiaodanYu) November 28, 2022
Witnessed a BBC journalist got sieged and dragged to the ground by several cops in Shanghai earlier tonight on the Urumqi Rd. His friend said he was targeted becuz he was filming the protest. (feel free to @ his handle if you know who this journalist is ) @BBCNews @BBCNewsAsia pic.twitter.com/tPgoPET3hg
— Shanghaishanghai (@Shanghaishang10) November 27, 2022
Numbers began to dwindle, and at 1:45am many more police officers arrived. They corralled us further under the bridge, telling us to go home. After getting an official stood with the police to acknowledge he heard protesters’ concerns, protesters were dispersed at around 2:20am. pic.twitter.com/3SG0z81t9S
— Laurie Chen (@lauriechenwords) November 27, 2022
When police ask the protesters not to chant “no more lockdowns”, so they chant this instead:
“I WANT TO DO COVID TESTS!”
Folks. Let me remind you this brave effort also encapsulates the highest Chinese wisdom: weaponized passive aggressiveness. pic.twitter.com/PlzK2PCiMW
— Tony Lin 林東尼 (@tony_zy) November 27, 2022
Crowd of at least 100 making its way to Tiananmen Square in Beijing on Sunday night, chanting, “We want universal values,” “We want freedom, equality, democracy, rule of law,” “We don’t want dictatorship,” “We don’t want personality cult.” pic.twitter.com/JSW7OHMIAG
— Simina Mistreanu (@SiminaMistreanu) November 27, 2022
Chengdu: people raise blank sheets of paper (a protest against censorship) and shout, "Give me freedom or give me death" https://t.co/DcKN1dbWgP
— Alice Su 蘇奕安 (@aliceysu) November 27, 2022
Guy basically telling the crowd to be more courageous, they have nothing to fear, the police can’t arrest all of them. Then the police arrest him. https://t.co/WqxN29LxVw
— Shelley Zhang (@shelzhang) November 27, 2022
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