Encouraged by the over-reaction of the Chinese authorities, a new post on the site Boxun.com has now called for weekly protests as a continuation of the “Jasmine Revolution”. The next protest, which is to be held this Sunday, has been expanded to 18 cities across China (Note to Ambassador Huntsman: Do not appear at any of these locations!).
Now that even the word “茉莉花” (jasmine) has become too sensitive for the Chinese internets, the cheeky organisers are now calling for netizens to use the word “两会” as codeword instead. “两会” refers to the annual National People’s Congress and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, otherwise known as the “Two Sessions”.
In response to the call for weekly “Jasmine” marches, Beijing’s Wangfujing shopping district has become a massive construction site with the area in front of McDonald’s all fenced up and blocked with palms. Here’s what it looks like now (For more pictures, visit the website of Beijing-based journalist Jordan Pouille.):
Photo from Jordan Pouille.
What a sight! Will the area outside the Peace Cinema in Shanghai and all the other 18 locations become construction sites too, we wonder???
Meanwhile, Danish journalist Ming Ou Lü (@kezhou) has posted a close-up shot of the construction notice seen on the fence. It says: “The pavement is sinking and we are implementing construction works. We apologise for the inconvenience caused, and hope for the understanding and support of businesses and residents. Thank you!”