Recently, it was reported that a Chinese dissident by the name of Liu Xiaobo has won the Nobel Peace Prize. However, due to the fact that he proteste the Chinese government, he has been guilty of, “inciting subversion of state power”, and he is serving an 11 year prison sentence in China. However, many people may not realize that other apparently minor and innocuous activities can also be classified as “”inciting subversion of state power” in China. The Top Ten of them are listed below.
1. Climbing the walls of the forbidden city and taking pictures of communist party officials playing water polo.
2. Eating a McDonald’s without dunking your chicken nuggets in some barbecue sauce is surprisingly viewed as highly unpatriotic in China and is thus considered an activity which could subvert the power of the current regime.
3. Referring to the president of China as either a, ” communist party hack “, or as, “one who wishes to have a child with a duck”, will land you in prison for an average 5 to 12 years.
4. Walking backwards down the street, though a rare occurrence, may be considered a sign of rebellion against the powers that be.
5. Uttering the words, “Noble Peace Prize” and “Liu Xiaobo” in public.
6. Failing to properly celebrate Chairman Mao’s birthday.
7. Using email and/or twitter to communicate with people who live more than 20 miles away from you.
8. Divulging plans the Chinese government has for building a secret moon base.
9. Using a left-handed fork in public.
10. Celebrating Halloween.
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