On the eve of the 20th National Congress of the CCP, the Sitong Bridge protest in Beijing made Chinese authorities extremely confused. Now protest slogans have begun to appear in many public toilets.
RFA reported that although Beijing has a lot of security guards, there is a guard post every couple of feet, but some anti-Xi slogans have appeared in men’s restrooms at the China Film Archive Cinema.
According to some photos posted on Twitter, the words “anti-nucleic acid, anti-dictatorship” were sprayed on the wall, while protest posters plastered on the wall read “Want to eat, want freedom, anti-dictatorship, save China,” or “Long live the general election! A government is decided by voting, each person has the right to choose the president.” There was also a slogan calling for “a campaign to defend the country.”
Besides Beijing, there are also anti-CCP slogans in the restrooms elsewhere. Reports on the internet that the restroom at Nanhu station in the Chengdu subway, Sichuan province also repeated the words of the “Sitong Bridge” protest, accompanying the slogan “Revitalize Chengdu, the revolution of the times.”
Some netizens posted photos showing that the restrooms in Xuzhou city, Jiangsu province are also in a similar condition.
On October 15, a Chinese with the Twitter account “Bartholomew” claiming to be born after 1995 wrote a post sharing how he safely hung these banners, but now the account is inaccessible. Reddit re-posted the article, “In response to the heroic Sitong Bridge protest, for democracy and freedom, for the country’s future, I have to take action. All of China is being supervised, I can only choose a relatively safe public restroom, no printer, only write by hand. No matter how difficult the situation is, I hope we still have hope and fight our own way. No matter how small our actions, as long as we try our best, there can be a little ripple.”
The Twitter account “Bartholomew” also posted, “But even if you do it carefully, you can get caught, and possibly get arrested and jailed for a baseless fabrication. In fact, I was soon being watched closely. So I prepared myself, because only actions can make a difference, actions give hope. I believe that every Chinese person with a conscience will do the same! Freedom and democracy belong to the brave, and the coward ends up being a slave!”
Vision Times said that many netizens posted that he should be careful and stay safe. People were advising him to give his contact information to trusted family or friends in case they lose contact with him. And others reminded him to watch out for cameras.
The slogans have been found in Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Shenzhen and other places.
Twitter user “Wang Jianhong” said, “In the early morning on October 16, the people of Xi’an City, Shaanxi Province found the slogans at the bus stop opposite the North Gate of Jiaotong University, on the recharging window for public bicycles on Xianning Road, on nucleic acid test counter on Xingqing Road.
According to Vision Times, since October 13, there has been a lot of news on the internet that does not indicate the location of the incident. A netizen commented, “I see that in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, there are slogans, but I didn’t expect that they also appeared in Xi’an in the north”, “appearing everywhere is good!”, “the best way to thank the brave is to be brave!”
To prevent people from following the Sitong Bridge protest, some netizens posted photos showing the Security Office of Tsinghua University, the Haidian Branch of the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau, and the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Internal Security jointly issuing a notification letter, requiring all printing shops to immediately comply with the content review and the store owner should “ensure that each print and copy paper is reviewed.”
According to RFA, before that, the Beijing government ordered that customers who buy fabric over one meter long and paint need to register with their real names. These measures are said to prevent the Sitong Bridge protest from recurring.