The Chinese communist regime adopted an extreme policy to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, causing the “White Paper Movement” to explode across China. To suppress this movement, the CCP has adopted upgraded measures to censor network information further. Many images and texts deemed sensitive, such as conflicts over pandemic measures and protests, have all been removed. During the protests, Twitter user “Teacher Li is not your teacher,” who has been following China’s situation for a long time and he became one of the most followed people. He has continuously updated what’s happening with videos and photos at the scene of events. From there, the information was leaked to other countries and quickly spread around the world.

Information on the internet about the protests of the White Paper Movement was quickly censored in China. However, after breaking through the firewall, witnesses sent information, videos, and photos of incidents to “Teacher Li is not your teacher,” surprising him. 

He is really proud of his Twitter cat avatar and said, “This cat is now famous among overseas Chinese and all over the world. At the same time, it has become the most dangerous cat on the internet for the Chinese government.”

“Teacher Li is not your teacher” broadcasts the “White Paper Movement”

A week after the “White Paper Movement” began, the Twitter account “Teacher Li is not your teacher” said in an interview with CNN, “I haven’t seen the sun in a long time.” 

He said that he is a 30-year-old painter who lived in Italy after the 1990s. The reason he used his Twitter account to spread sensitive information in China, was for the Chinese people to see the real situation in this “Great Firewall” country.

In recent years, the CCP has continued to increase its repression of domestic dissidents, and this model has expanded to foreign platforms.

“Teacher Li is not your teacher” said that every second he receives dozens of messages related to the protests and thousands of other messages. And the number of followers on his account quadrupled in just 2 weeks, to more than 800,000. Reporters, observers, and activists all closely follow events in China through the information, videos and photos provided by his account, to spread to the world sensitive things that the CCP wants to hide.

“Teacher Li” said he has absolutely no time to think. His only reaction was to quickly save and repost what was happening in China. He did not expect the information he posted to have an impact. In a short time, his account received billions of hits.

When he received news from people across China, he reposted everything to prevent Chinese officials from tracing the senders.

According to the account, during this campaign to suppress the White Paper Movement, information from many places was successfully relayed and attracted public attention, which made the CCP feel very anxious and extremely stressed. They told “Teacher Li” to stop immediately.

Statement by “Teacher Li is not your teacher” worries his parents

As the account “Teacher Li is not your teacher” quickly gained popularity, it attracted the attention of the regime. On December 3, he suddenly received a call from his parents living in China, saying that the police had just visited. His father begged him to stop posting, saying, “You’re an artist, you shouldn’t get involved in politics.”

In fact, he revealed earlier that, after he became famous on Twitter, the Chinese police had visited his parents at least three times. They said they were from the Director of the Department of Public Security. After learning about the incident, his parents were very worried about his safety, fearing that his life would be threatened.

“Teacher Li” told his parents not to worry, as he only posted videos about the China’s situation and he wasn’t doing anything wrong.

On December 4, “Teacher Li is not your teacher” posted a series of tweets, first pointing out that there was some problem with his account, then he assured everyone that he “will not commit suicide and will not delete his account. If something happens to him, his photos will be published by CNN reporter @yongxiong2008.”

He said the police had accused him of being a “reactionary, against the Party and the state,” and cited his list of tweets as “criminal evidence.”

He said that, like many protesters, he also faced the consequences of posting information about the White Paper Movement, and he could not even return to China.

However, he said, that when he saw Chinese people taking to the streets, he knew he had to sacrifice something too, even if he might never see his parents again. He doesn’t consider himself a hero. Those who take to the streets are the real heroes.

Since then, despite receiving a lot of anonymous harassment, threats such as “Where are you, I will kill you.” “Teacher Li” has adamantly devoted his time to following the people’s protests in China. He also publicly stated, “This account is more important than my life, and it will continue to work. If something happens to me, someone else will take over the account.”

When many netizens said that “Teacher Li’s” posts had a great effect on the protests, he replied, “This is not to my credit. The really great people are the ones who dare stand in the streets. I’m just reposting this to show more people around the world what’s really happening in China.”

“Chinese people don’t like politics, but politics keeps intruding in their lives,” he said. People do not pursue politics, on the contrary, like many young Chinese people taking to the streets, they have been unwittingly caught up in politics. He described himself as a person chosen by history to record an important chapter of history.

He wrote in a statement to Chinese officials on November 28, “I should not be involved in these things, but you always want to censor information, suppress free speech, you forced me to tell the truth.”

He said earlier this year, in just 2 months, he lost 52 Weibo accounts. His accounts usually only last about four or five hours, the shortest lasting 10 minutes. Then he tried everything to switch to Twitter.

In an interview with Germany’s DW, “Teacher Li” said, “What worries me more is that if I stay silent, I will disappear. I have to make sure I can speak up.”

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