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Cyber protests swelled around the Shanghai lockdown, then vanished thanks to China’s state censorship | Rest of World

By Viola Zhou and Meaghan Tobin
May 16, 2022

From her bed in Shanghai, Paloma joined an online protest against the strict Covid-19 lockdowns in her city by sharing a video on the dominant messaging app WeChat. The video, with millions of views already, documented heartbroken voices from a city of 25 million confined for weeks in near-total lockdown: pleas from a son seeking treatment for his critically ill father, shouts from residents demanding food, and cries from babies separated from their parents.

As China’s frenzied censors worked to delete the six-minute video, titled The Voice of April, people created new variations to keep it circulating on WeChat Channels, a TikTok-like short video service. In one, the clip was embedded onto a picture of China’s Civil Code. Another combined it with a song by pop megastar Jay Chou. The more it was deleted, the more angry and determined Paloma  became.

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Source: Cyber protests swelled around the Shanghai lockdown, then vanished thanks to China’s state censorship – Rest of World

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