Minitrue: Delete These Two Cantonese Music Videos
The following censorship instruction, issued to the media by government authorities, has been leaked and distributed online. The name of the issuing body has been omitted to protect the source.
Video websites must strictly delete the following Cantonese music videos: (1) Kay Tse’s “Egg and Lamb”; (2) “Do You Hear the People Sing” (all versions). (July 2, 2014)
“Egg and Lamb” was released by Hong Kong pop star Kay Tse on the eve of the July 1 protests. The video shows a man in shackles, another with his mouth taped shut. The House News [Chinese] quotes its final verse as emblematic of the song’s message:
Today the egg hits the wall/don’t be afraid of a brave exit/never give up/or you’ll bow your head as a white sheep
今天雞蛋撞石牆 不怕壯烈下場 決不退讓 否則俯首做白羊 [Source]
Protesters have been singing “Do You Hear the People Sing” from the musical Les Misérables. New Cantonese lyrics referencing freedom in Hong Kong appeared earlier this year [Chinese]. A flash mob performed this latest version in a busy shopping district yesterday:
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