Minitrue: VPN Sales and the Property-less
The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. The name of the issuing body has been omitted to protect the source.
Online shops which openly sell VPN tools are kindly asked to remove them. (April 19, 2014)
Delete the video “Who Turned Us into the Proletariat.” (April 21, 2014)
The video, a bubbly cartoon, explains how the real estate market is stacked against ordinary Chinese citizens. The opening sequence paints a rosy picture of land reform under the Republican government (1914), when even the esteemed writer Lu Xun bought a home. “And then,” the announcer says, “The Republic was gone” (民国木有了). Watch the video on Youtube [zh]:
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