On October 13, a large number of banners were seen on the Sitong Bridge in Beijing.
Protest banners said “No PCR tests, we want food. No restrictions, we want freedom. No lies, we want dignity. No Cultural Revolution, we want reform. No leaders, we want votes. No being slaves, we want to be citizens.”
Another banner called on people to “strike at school and work, eliminate the dictator, and national traitor Xi Jinping.”
In addition, this video shows a man standing on a bridge shouting into a loudspeaker what was written on the banner. Thick black smoke rose from the bridge attracting the attention of many pedestrians and vehicles.
The protesting man was arrested by Beijing police. According to the BBC, his identity and the exact cause of the incident are still unknown.
This sensitive time before the 20th National Congress of the CCP, the owner of banners who incited the protests was called a “warrior” and “true warrior” by many people, which is why his identity has attracted attention.
On October 13, Cai Xia, a former professor at the Party School of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, posted to Twitter that a friend from the media sent her a message that has probably revealed the identity of the “lone hero” on the Sitong Bridge in Beijing.
From the screenshot, the online account Peng Saizhou said, “A general strike is being held across the country, and I hope Cai Xia will repost this information.”
The Twitter post also shows, “October 16, 2022, people across the country will be mobilized to join the nationwide strike, protest and revolt.”
On October 14, netizen “Sydney Idlers” posted to Twitter a translation from Chinese, “His name is Peng Saizhou, whose real name is Peng Lifa, and he calls on everyone to strike, class strikes and honk car horns from October 16. He has set an example by hanging a banner on the Sitong Bridge in Beijing, shocking the world. He has been arrested, begging for mercy. A Peng Lifa shocked the world. Ten thousand Peng Lifa will recreate China!“
On October 14, a netizen named “Jingzhou Tao Tao Jingzhou” said that the person who hung the banner on Sitong Bridge in Beijing, is Peng Lifa on Twitter, but his account has disappeared. On October 13, hundreds of thousands of WeChat accounts and chat groups were blocked for relaying information about him.
Netizens also brought up a professional technical paper published by Peng Lifa on July 27, 2021, titled “One-way repulsion of electromagnetic wave electric field on metal surface type of alternating charge (A model of electromagnetic repulsion with no active substance).” This is apparently a patent for his invention.
After the protest with banners appeared authorities were very worried and they quickly blocked all internet platforms in the mainland, according to the New York Times.
According to China Digital Times, the incident at Sitong Bridge attracted the attention of netizens, and the censorship system quickly responded blocking related content. In addition to words and phrases on the banners, other sensitive words have also been censored on Chinese social media platforms, including “Haidian”, “Sitong Bridge,” ” and “Warrior.” The scale of censorship expanded rapidly, and the search for “heroes” has also been censored.
The protest with banners on Sitong Bridge has attracted the attention of the whole world, including U.S. congressmen.
The Voice of America (VOA) reported that the protests in Beijing were closely monitored as soon as the congress was about to be held, which surprised many people interested in Chinese politics.
US Republican Sen. Todd Young wrote on Twitter, “The bravery of some Chinese citizens who dare to speak the truth about those at the top in central Beijing is inspiring. They will certainly be punished by the government, but I pray their actions will encourage more people to do the same thing. Chinese citizens are fighting for a better future instead of waiting for the future where they will be trampled on by the Chinese Communist Party.”
Josh Chin, vice president of the Wall Street Journal’s China office, wrote on Twitter, “The courage to do this and the ability to do this under stifling security conditions are both astounding.”