Fearless Tweeters Call for ‘Occupy Tiananmen’ This Weekend

On Oct. 9, a Twitter user "Occupytiananmen" started a call to have a rally in the Tiananmen Square this Saturday. (Screenshot from Twitter)
On Oct. 9, a Twitter user "Occupytiananmen" started a call to have a rally in the Tiananmen Square this Saturday. (Screenshot from Twitter)

A Twitter user named “OccupyTiananmen” announced plans for a rally in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square this Saturday to support the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong.

The tweet went out on Oct. 9, and called for people to attend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an umbrella. They can gather at McDonald’s near Wangfujin if the Square is guarded, according to the post.

It was retweeted by Radio Television Hong Kong, and well-known activists like Hu Jia, but has only been shared a few dozen times, perhaps because Twitter is hard to access on the mainland.

Such a gathering in Beijing would be challenging, because police there are reportedly questioning anyone with an umbrella, and investigating any groups wearing black and carrying umbrellas. It’s unknown how many will attend faced with this pressure.

Since Occupy Central started in Hong Kong, many pro-democracy activists and bloggers in mainland China have expressed support. Some even held placards in public, and 30 netizens were reportedly arrested.

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