River Crab Archive: May Protest Outside National People’s Congress
When something disappears from the Internet in China, netizens joke that it has been “river-crabbed,” a play on the euphemism “harmonized.” The River Crab Archive is a collection of blog post titles, weibo, and other materials deleted from their original sources on Chinese websites, either found by CDT or brought to our attention by outside projects. The editors have selected river-crabbed information of note from CDT Chinese’s ongoing compendium of the same name (河蟹档案).
The following deleted weibo was selected by CDT Chinese editors from FreeWeibo.
V微动力: On the morning of May 18, several individuals gathered on a rooftop near the southern intersection of Beijing’s Qianmen and West streets, opposite the National People’s Congress office. They unfurled banners, tossed leaflets, and apparently shouted slogans until police, firefighters, and ambulances arrived at the scene. Firefighters and SWAT ascended the building and, after an hour or so, escorted the individuals back down. The entire incident took place over less than two hours. by @报晓公鸡
The second banner from the left mentions the chengguan (city management officers) of Jiamusi, Heilongjiang Province. The two banners to the right begin with the word “injustice” (冤). The protesters may be asking that justice be done for a man beaten by chengguan outside Jiamusi on May 8 [zh].