Despite the taboo ‘Egypt,’ Chinese netizens echo its protests, cry out for Facebook in microblogs
Despite the fact that China has blocked the word “Egypt” from the country’s wildly popular Twitter-like service, Sina Microblog, not all Chinese shut their mouths.
A picture of Egypt protest attached to one microblog post has been widely circulated in Sina’s micro-blogosphere. As Chinese censorship apparatus has rendered any attempt to key in the Chinese word for Egypt futile, the microblogger who goes by the name “who-shen” simply says, “People on the scene expressed their opinion on the reform: No AK-47, no machete; need Twitter, need Facebook.”
The message was submitted on Sunday morning. In less than ten hours, it has been shared by 2,450 users and received 380 comments.
Most users clamored for a number of internet services that have been warded off by China’s Internet censorship apparatus, or the Great Fire Wall, such as youtube, wikipedia, subtitle-making teams, which translated online open courses of U.S. universities and were later forbidden probably because of the teachings that made the authorities nervous, and Emule, a website that facilitated free download of copyrighted works. Many praised and supported Egyptian protesters. Some daring ones called for freedom and democracy.
Inevitably, some people stood by authoritarianism. But there are also a handful who have really witty remarks to offer.
Selected comments from Sina microblog: