At the sensitive time right before the 20th National Congress of the CCP banners protesting against the regime appeared. Photos show black smoke rising from the bridge. The photos have grabbed everyone’s attention as Chinese cybersecurity blocked and deleted everything.
There are 2 huge protest banners hanging from the bridge, the left banner says: “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.” The right one called on people to “strike at school and work, eliminate the dictator, and national traitor Xi Jinping.”
According to CCN, Sithong Bridge is located next to Renmin University of China and Beijing Friendship Hotel. It is the main traffic road from downtown Beijing to Zhongguancun Technology Center, as well as many universities and colleges.
After the banners were put up, passersby stopped to watch and some used their phones to take photos. Related photos and videos have also quickly spread on the internet.
In a video from the scene, a man’s voice can be heard over a loudspeaker shouting the words written on the banners.
Photos and videos posted by netizens on Twitter show black smoke rising from the bridge, then police cars arrived. It hasn’t been confirmed who hung the banners and why the black smoke rose from the bridge.
Photos posted by netizens on Twitter show the tense atmosphere at Sithong Bridge, police arriving at the scene and removing banners.
This incident caused human rights lawyer Wang Yu to exclaim on Twitter, “Who said China has no real man? This is truly a hero!”
The CCP issues a comprehensive ban on news spreading on the internet
Currently, this news is quickly blocked by many Chinese platforms. Epoch Times reporters have searched platforms like Weibo and found no relevant news. Some people tried to post videos in WeChat groups but they were later blocked by the network administrator.
A netizen described the account deletion as follows, “Today, I heard that this bridge has caused countless Weibo and WeChat accounts to explode, corpses are scattered everywhere. This shows that no matter how dark the times are, there will be people holding a torch to light up the dark sky, even if it will be extinguished sooner or later.”
A netizen tweeted, “On Weibo today, the word ‘warrior’ has become a sensitive word”. Adding, “After testing on multiple accounts, sending or reposting words such as ‘salute to the warrior’ may be blocked by Weibo.”
However, this news spread not only on the Chinese internet, but foreign media has also heavily reported on it.
ABC Australia Media Group’s East Asia reporter, Bill Birtles, shared a series of photos from the scene and tweeted, “Photos online purport to show a rare protest in Beijing’s Haidian district just ahead of the 20th Party Congress.”
Reuters reported, “It is highly unusual for Xi to be specifically named in protests in China, where residents use euphemisms and oblique phrasing and images in efforts to evade censorship.”
The Associated Press reported that after the incident, “Dozens of police milled about the area, entering stores. At times, they stopped pedestrians and questioned them. Associated Press journalists were questioned three times and asked to produce identification. Police denied anything unusual had happened in the area.”
BBC reported, On the eve of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, the frustration of the Chinese people is growing.
A red banner about the 20th Congress was erected in Beijing, and people’s mobility apps changed color to red, meaning they couldn’t travel. A TV series highlighting Xi’s 10 years in power has begun airing in prime time, and exhibitions with similar themes are being organized across the country.
However, the Chinese people’s real sense of frustration contrasts with the atmosphere created by CCP officials.
There has been a wave of anger on the internet about the stringent security measures and “zero-COVID” restrictions, with many people having travel restrictions or forced into quarantine.
A local resident lamented on Weibo, “I don’t understand why Beijing does that. … I can’t go to work. I’m about to lose my job and so depressed.”. Another added, “We have to endure all this just because someone wants to open a conference.”
Another person asked, “Why torture ordinary people like that? The government enforces the law arbitrarily and without credibility, how can the people trust it?”