Chinese Twitter User’s Arrest for Criticizing Government Sparks Online Protests
Hundreds of web users have signed a petition demanding the release of a man arrested for criticizing China’s authorities on Twitter.
Zhai Xiaobing, who is on Twitter bearing the name @Stariver, was stopped by police days before the new Chinese leaders were confirmed on 15 November.
In a tweet, the account compared the Communist Party 18th National Congress to horror film Final Destination.
In it, characters at first escape death, but still end up dying one by one.
“The Great Hall of the People suddenly collapses, only seven of more than 2,000 people inside survive,” it read.
“Later, one-by-one the survivors die in strange ways. Is it the game of God, or the Devil venting his wrath?” it added.
According to the BBC, all the numbers mentioned in the tweet make reference to the leadership handover, and the new leadership consists of seven members, one of whom is the newly appointed Communist Party chief Xi Jinping.