Inspired by Libya, Chinese Netizens Want Own Regime Overthrown

Inspired by Libya, Chinese Netizens Want Own Regime Overthrown

Communist Party calls on Libya to ‘return to stability’

By Helena Zhu
Epoch Times Staff Created: Aug 22, 2011 Last
Aug 23, 2011

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As tens of thousands of Libyans celebrate rebel fighters’
“final push" to bring an end to Moammar Gadhafi’s dictatorship on Aug. 21,
photos of their celebration have inspired Chinese netizens to ponder over their
own totalitarian regime. (Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images)

As hundreds of Libyan rebel fighters entered the capital of Tripoli in their
final push to bring an end to Moammar Gadhafi’s 42-year rule, media reports
showed the Libyan people gathered in celebration—and Chinese celebrated along
with them—though not the Chinese regime.

Despite the Chinese communist
regime’s official mouthpiece Xinhua deeming
the celebration a “riot” and its foreign ministry calling on Libya to “return to
stability for its people to be able to lead normal lives,” the Chinese public
has decided to think outside the official propaganda box and celebrate with the
Libyan people, with some even hoping to overthrow their own totalitarian

In response to another netizen who quoted Xinhua calling the
celebration a riot, netizen Extradimensional Dust said the “correct
interpretation” of the words from the Communist Party’s official mouthpiece is to “interpret the opposite of
what is said.”

“While watching the celebration live on [Chinese media]
Dragon TV, the anchor kept on repeating the
Libyan people chose an alternative political
system,” another netizen wrote. “I got so confused. Couldn’t she just say they
at last got freedom and democracy?”

Unconvinced by the state spin,
Chinese expressed their excitement for the Libyan people while enjoying their
own limited freedom of speech on Sina Weibo, a microblogging service that
replaced Twitter after it was banned.

“Best wishes to the Libyan people.
Long live democracy! Long live freedom!” said one netizen, while others joined
the cheer and marked the event “a civil
victory” earned by the “outstanding Libyan people.”

Despite constant
interference from people alleging to be part of China’s 50-Cent Party, people
hired by the regime to post comments favorable toward the government to sway
public opinion, Chinese netizens ridiculed the CommunistParty for its long-term
ties with dictators in the Arab world.

But the ridicule was always in veiled language.

“Seems like the
Chinese regime is losing its friends,” one netizen said, while another wrote,
“One could easily tell what someone is like by looking at his friends.”

Commenting on a photo of Arab leaders at the 2010 Arab-African summit, a
netizen said, “From Tunisia’s ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and
Yemen’s Ali Abdullah Saleh to Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi and Egypt’s Hosni
Mubarak—seems like being China’s old friends is quite dangerous.”

old friends one leaving after another, it must be quite lonely to be left here,”
netizen xiaolz said.

And the Chinese people, after being under the
Chinese Communist Party’s one-party rule for six decades, can barely wait for
their turn.

While one netizen asked if the Chinese will have a
day like this someday, another netizen said, “And the next? Who? When?”
referring to Chinese communist leaders Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao, whose last
names are homophones of “who” and “when” respectively.

“You know,” said
netizen Fog in Mt. huang after looking at the group photo of ousted Arab
leaders. “This photographer should be invited to China some time to take a
commemorative photo for some of the Chinese leaders.”



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