A surprisingly subversive and violent video created by a Beijing-based animation studio has been circulating widely throughout the Chinese internets since Monday (it was taken off Tudou and now only exists on Youtube). It makes reference to a wide range of inharmonious news items, such as the melamine milk scandal, the Li Gang scandal, violent demolitions, and the beating of protesters, and ends with what looks like a call for the violent overthrow of the government (the tigers) by the people (the rabbits.)
This last part is pretty shocking, as China Geeks points out:
This isn’t the bullshit so-called “inciting to subvert state power” that Liu Xiaobo was given eleven years for. This video is actually inciting people to subvert state power. I don’t know whether the animation studio is foreign or domestic, but if they’re in China, I imagine they’ll be hearing from the local PSB very, very soon.
On that note, I should make it clear that while I find this video fascinating, I deeply hope it is not an omen. Obviously, I have many issues with the Chinese government, but I think there is still a chance for a peaceful path to reform, and open rebellion would be a disaster for ordinary Chinese people and the government alike. So, to the Chinese censors reading this, for once I’m on your side. Let’s not have a rebellion. That is a decidedly bad idea.
Agreed. See the rest of the post on China Geeks for a full translation of the video, as well as a selection of netizen comments from around the web.