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Torbjörn Petersson: China's police created a symbol for feminism that did not exist before

They were arrested by the police before they could get to work. It was the 6 march 2015 and they had only been allowed to continue with their plans had the ac

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Torbjörn Petersson: China's police created a symbol for feminism that did not exist before

They were arrested by the police before they could get to work.

It was the 6 march 2015 and they had only been allowed to continue with their plans had the activities most likely passed without having been paid attention to. In an action a few years earlier, the women had occupied a number of herrtoaletter to force more public damtoaletter. Then had the state-controlled media have written appreciative of them.

Now, chinese authorities rather than rudely forward, but the effect was different than expected. Instead of an example statuerades that would scare the followers created the chinese police with the arrest of a symbol for feminism that did not exist before. The event laid the foundation for China's #metoo-motion.

The warped styrkeförhållandet became well known all over the world.

, Wei Tingting, Zheng Churan, Wu Rongrong and Wang Man, five women, aged 25 to 32 years – not even had time to orchestrate their plans.

On the other side stood the world's most powerful party, with 88 million members, the authoritarian, patriarchal chinese Communist party.

the Protests took off at a high level in the united states and the EU and a month later was released the feminists, who thanked the international support.

”this has already influenced other feminists,” said Wang, one of the five women to the DN then.

And at that point she was right. An example was that China 2016 instituted its first law against domestic violence. But the event also increased the Communist party's suspicion. In China will always the party's interests first, long before the feminist ideals, and each grouping that is suspected to be able to curtail the party's power is seen as an enemy. The state began to crack down harder against feminists.

A wave of anger started in the country's universities when the case was revealed by teachers who sexually harassed students. The anger was enough to crush the hard censorship.

A university teacher in Beijing dismissed as the assistant principal since an investigation determined that he förgripit against several students. #Metoo quickly became a hot topic on chinese microblogs. When censorship struck circumvented the påhittigt by symbols for a bowl of rice (mi) and a rabbit (tu) was published.

#Metoo has brought changes in China, but the movement has also limited himself purposely in order not to arouse a sharp reaction from the Communist party. Feminists to adapt to the political climate and arrange no major street protests – if they even would get to launch any before they had been arrested. They challenge the government and propose no new laws against sexual harassment. However, they use clever ways of social media to spread their message.

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