Several videos of a crowd China Attacking and overturning a police car went viral on social media, marking yet another incident of civil disobedience that shattered the country’s wall of digital censorship.
A large group of people gathered in Luoyi County, Henan on January 2, as frustration over the fireworks ban is known to have run high. At the scene, they pushed a police officer and attacked the police car.
Some threw fireworks at the empty car, broke its windows, and climbed on top of it to stand on it and dance on it.
Users linked this action against local authorities to the unusually large protests that took place in China last year, which became known as #WhitePaperRevolution or #A4Revolution to reflect how protesters carried blank pieces of paper during the event.
While there is little evidence that the incidents are officially linked, people have drawn comparisons by posting videos from Monday with the hashtag #FireworkRevolution.
This type of content is often quickly removed from Chinese social media. However, the fact that it has appeared on platforms outside of China’s influence, such as Twitter and Instagram, is impressive, according to Xinhua Sky News.
The Luoyi Provincial Public Security Bureau issued a statement on Chinese social media saying eight people were under investigation and six arrested after the police car attack.
Posts sharing police comments and criticizing the incident remain on Chinese social media, but comments praising the crowd for rebelling against authorities appear to have been deleted.
Less than 300 results appeared when searching for “Luyi” on Weibo on January 3. Posts that appear there are uniformly critical of the incident.
The videos do not prove whether the police car was attacked in response to the officers’ attempts to maintain a ban on fireworks, imposed due to concerns about fire hazards and air pollution. Many wanted the ban lifted to mark the end of three years of Covid-19 restrictions in the country.
China backed away from its controversial ‘Covid-Zero’ policy after the biggest show of opposition to the Communist Party in decades was seen in late November and early December.
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