China COVID Protest: Use Of Dating Apps In White Paper Protests and More

China is witnessing an unprecedented wave of civil protests as people are demonstrating on road against one of the world’s longest COVID-19 lockdown imposed since the outbreak of COVID second wave

China COVID-19 Protest

- Blank paper
- Equations 
- Symbolic form of local slurs
- WeChat emojis

Symbols Of China’s COVID Protest

China has an iron-curtain rule leaving no room for democracy, defying such hard censorship, Chinese protestors did white paper protest 

White Paper Protests
in China

Hong Kong protestors also did a similar form of blank paper protest back in 2020 against no-protest rule by Chinese government

White Paper Protests
in China

Tsinghua University students raised signs of math equation Alexander Friedmann, whose surname in Chinese is a homonym for “free man”

White Paper Protests
in China

China’s leading stationery chain M&G Stationery threatened a nationwide-ban on A4 size white sheets following the ‘white paper protest’ causing a fall of 3% in its share prices

M&G Stationery Threatens White Paper Ban

- People are discussing about protests on censored WeChat app with cryptic posts to avoid any suspicion by govt. Officials
- Online fliers, pinned protest locations shared on dating apps, Telegram

Dating Apps, Telegram

Some international groups are reportedly using bots which throw up porn links and gamling ads on social media platforms like Twitter while searching for China protests

Porn bots, gambling ads amid China protests

Amid COVID protests in Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan, Chengdu, Urumqi, Wuhan, Nanjing and Lanzhou, China Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said, "We will keep improving science-based maximum protection to people's lives and health and minimise the Covid impact on social economic development”

China to relax
COVID norms?

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