It’s raining cash on Yunnan propaganda official Wu Hao (伍皓)
NetEase tells us of the most creative and harmonious protest we have ever seen in all our years here:
April 22 — This afternoon, Wu Hao (伍皓), the deputy director of the Yunnan Propaganda Bureau arrived at the live recording studio of the Renmin University to give a lecture. At 2pm, after the host of the event gave the audience an introduction of Wu Hao, Wu stepped on stage and proceeded to start with his presentation. But he had barely started with his lecture when a 25 year old youth went on stage, and threw a stack of 50 cent bills at him, shouting, “Wu Hao! Wu mao!” [Editor’s note: Wu mao means 50 cents in Chinese]. Later in the day, a Chengdu journalist managed to get in touch with the young protestor, a Wang Zhongxia who says he is a Renmin University graduate. Wang says in the morning, he went to the bank to exchange 30RMB worth of bills to “shower Wu Hao with respect”. Subsequent attempts to get in touch with Wu Hao via phone calls and text messages went unanswered. [Translation by Shanghaiist]
Note: The term “50 Cent Party” [五毛党, wumaodang] refers to paid internet commentators whose job is to post comments favourable to the government in order to skew public perception of policy. Word on the street has it that each commentator is paid about 50 cents per post.