Chinese regulators recently blocked the search of the first line of its national anthem. The line reads, “Stand up! Those who refuse to be slaves!”. According to the Business Insider, the search disappeared from the Weibo platform around Sunday night, April 17.

Over the weekend, Weibo users failed to search the hashtag referencing the lyrics. After several attempts, their search result showed “no results can be found.”

This came after the line became viral on the Chinese Twitter-like Weibo platform. The block has occurred amid growing frustration and resentment over the authorities’ harsh Covid-19 lockdown in Shanghai.

Business Insider reported that the exact time of blockage remains unknown.

Still, a related post from a Weibo user started to go viral on Sunday night.

The user wrote, “How do you sing the first line of the national anthem?”

The post has attracted waves of reactions from other users. It has obtained more than 11,000 likes and over 3,000 reposts as of April 18.

Some users replied to the post by adjusting the anthem’s lyrics. Among the comments, one said, “Stand up! Those slaves who are hungry and cold.”

Another user responded by asking, “Even the national anthem has been censored. Does that mean that China will also have to change its name soon?”

Meanwhile, many other users reposted the post with the hashtag “Shanghai” or the city pandemic updates.

Last week, Chinese authorities restricted content about food shortages in Shanghai. Since the lockdown, Chinese residents have turned to the internet to express their anger and disappointment due to their lack of access to food, medicine, and health care.

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