Recently, a “little pinkie” (小粉红，nickname for Pro-communist Chinese youth) from Beijing, Liu Sitong (刘思桐) went to the Ganjiakou police station in Beijing’s Haidian district to report another YouTuber for promoting “Taiwan independence”, but was fined 3,000 RMB for “illegally scaling China’s firewall”. Liu Sitong was on the verge of a breakdown when he received the fine and recorded a video of himself screaming and shouting. The incident went viral on social media with many sarcastic comments.
On June 14, Beijing YouTuber “Patriotic Youth Liu Sitong” went to the Chinese police station to report YouTube channel “Fun TV” (摄徒日记) for promoting “Taiwan independence”. However, the incident had a dramatic turn of events. He was fined 3,000 RMB by the police for Fanqiang (翻墙, scaling China’s great firewall) to get on YouTube as YouTube is currently banned in China. The video shot by Liu himself went viral on social media.
According to Liu Sitong, who now lives in Beijing, he discovered a “Taiwan independence” YouTuber while watching his video. Many of the topics shared by this YouTuber, named Bajong (八炯), crossed the line of mainland China. He then decided to report Bajong to the Public Security Bureau and asked the Communist Party’s public security officials to conduct an “inter-provincial manhunt”.
On June 13, Liu Sitong went to the Ganjiakou (甘家口) police station in Haidian District (海淀区), Beijing to report Bajiong and broadcast live. When he entered the police station, a female police officer stopped him from shooting with his camera. After turning off the video recording function, Liu continued the voice recording, and posted all the recordings online.
A male police officer received Liu. Liu explained the purpose of his trip. The police officer asked him where these videos were seen, Liu Sitong replied: YouTube. The police then asked how he got on on YouTube? Liu began to stammer. The police officer then said, “Do you know it’s illegal to Fanqiang in China? ” Liu immediately replied: Yes.
The police officer asked him what software he used to Fanqiang. Liu replied: 789 gas pedal. The police officer asked a rhetorical question: “Do you think we can control the websites outside of China?” Liu at this time did not know how to answer, only hoping this “Taiwan independence” YouTuber can be arrested if he enters China. The police officer told Liu Sitong that he was sure of his “patriotic sentiments”, but that he had to be careful about the way he did things.
On June 14, Liu Sitong uploaded a video on his YouTube channel, in which he bawled, lost control of his emotions and said “I hate you so much”. After gradually calming down, Liu Sitong said he had just received a phone call from the police, saying he was suspected of breaking the law by Fanqiang and was fined 3,000 yuan. He asked “Fun TV” to pay for the money, and said he was shaking with anger.
But the video was deleted by Liu Sitong the next day. Many netizens posted sarcastic comments under it. One said: “I just called Ganjiakou police station to report you, but you are still Fanqiang. “Little Pinkie reported himself of illegally Fanqiang, really? Brain damaged?”
Some netizens also questioned that the above video was a self-directed scam by Liu Sitong to earn traffic. There are also Chinese netizens who left messages saying that they would not be caught Fanqiang in China. A Twitter account, “China Word Prison Incident Inventory” (中国文字狱事件盘点), which is based in mainland China and is concerned about the phenomenon of being convicted for speaking in China, tweeted that such incidents of being punished for Fanqiang do exist in China.
Translated from 北京小粉红举报“台独” 却被警罚三千块 崩溃大哭