Man Behind ‘Great Firewall of China’ Pelted with Eggs

Chinese microblog users have said that they participated in a protest against Fang Binxing, the “Father of the Great Firewall,” by pelting him with eggs during a visit to a university. The Telegraph reports:

Four students apparently sought out Mr Fang as he gave a talk at the Computer Sciences Department of Wuhan University in central China, pre-arming themselves with eggs purchased for the occasion at a nearby market, according to their own account on Twitter.

“I definitely hit Fang. As for whether there are pictures will depends on the two students,” read a post by one of the students, @hanunyi, “I came by myself. It was not difficult to hit with my shoes but a little bit harder to target him really successfully.” Two others, @zfangzhou and @yinhm, said the protest has been organised spontaneously after hearing word that Mr Fang was on the campus.

“It was not prepared in advance. We heard the news [of Mr Fang's presence] at noon. We then went to the agricultural market near the computer department. My friend bought eggs and went to scope out the place, where we meet @hanunyi

Chinese Twitter users reported that, ironically, Fang Binxing’s name itself had become a sensitive word on Chinese websites:

新浪微博正式将“方滨兴”列为搜索敏感词。历史讽刺的一刻到来了。
Sina Weibo formally made “Fang Binxing” a sensitive word. A moment of historic irony has arrived.

Fang Binxing recently told the Global Times that netizens’ recent difficulties reaching websites from China were due to ISPs’ financial concerns and not government censorship. Read more about Fang Binxing via CDT.

May 19, 2011 11:41 AM
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