The movement that has gripped America’s financial district, protests made to the financial establishment in the West, has also taken hold on the Chinese Internet.
Occupy Wall Street (占领华尔街) were protests that began in New York’s banking center on September 17, which then spread to other cities around the United States. .
China’s own intellectual circles began to buzz about the protests in United States and beyond in late September.
On Utopia (乌有邦), a leftist nationalist forum, an entire post appeared under the headline “In Support of the Great Wall Street Revolution.”
There was soon an English translation, most notably on the China Study Group, an English website dedicated to leftist China. The translated letter of solidarity, posted on October 1, was signed by over 50 intellectuals and activists in China.
The activists range from academics at universities to ex-Red Guards, and from publishing house editors to organizers of Red Song groups.
In part the petition read: “The eruption of the “Wall Street Revolution” is a historical indicator that the popular democratic revolution that will soon sweep the world is set to begin. It is an especially significant and important event for this movement. Before this most recent action, street protests had virtually been exclusively used as a tool by US elite groups to subvert other countries.”
Apart from the petition, Utopia also uploaded pictures from an Occupy Wall Street inspired street protest in Zhengzhou, the seat of Henan Province.
On Sina Weibo, Occupy Wall Street had become a trending topic by Monday.
Wang Xiaoshan, a journalist and activist with more than 333,000 followers on Weibo, tends to focus his posts on social injustices. His comment on the event was sarcastic, but elated at the buzz it was creating on the Internet.
“Occupy Wall Street is great. I was out for a couple days and didn’t notice it, or thought it was a big deal. But now I am happy to the extreme. Ha ha. As someone who hates everything to do with government, I only hope that no lives will be lost. I don’t care about anything else. The more chaotic this gets the happier I am. It’s fun seeing all you Internet trolls so riled up.”