就在会议当天，中共抓捕了来自中国各地的7名维权人士。杨秀琼、王晶、张继新等人因在会场外举著写有“互联网自由不容侵犯、释放网络入狱人士、保障互联网自由 停止打压维权信息传播”、“China open Google、Facbook、Twitter、Youtube、64tianwang and other Internet”等字样的横幅，被警方带走。
China’s World Internet Conference Becomes a Joke.
China’s three-day World Internet Conference was just held
Zhejiang, Facebook, Twitter and other Western
social media sites were opened.
However, thousands of domestic websites were blocked,
sensitive information deleted, and some netizens arrested.
On the first day of the meeting, seven protesters holding
banners outside the venue were arrested.
They were requesting internet freedom in China.
The protesters said that the conference
held in China is a big joke.
The first World Internet Conference was from Nov. 19 to 21.
China’s media claimed that over 1,000 people
attended the meeting.
The main topic is “constructing a peaceful, safe, open, and
The slogan is “an interconnected world shared
and governed by all.”
BBC Chinese website reported that on Nov. 19, China opened
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other Western social media.
The report said this privilege was opened only for users who
registered with their mobile phone number on iWifi-Wuzhen.
Seven people were arrested on the first day
of the meeting for protesting.
They held banners outside the venue, saying “Internet
freedom is inviolable, release internet activists, protect
internet freedom, stop suppressing information of
human rights defence”, and
“China, open Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube,
64tianwang and other Internet!”
Wang Jing, one of the protesters was released on Nov. 20,
and spoke to NTD Television.
She said that seven of them were arrested on Nov. 19.
Wang swallowed a ring to protest. She was held for a day,
then was released next morning.
Wang Jing: “We were held in a place that was used for the
World Internet Conference work-team.
It was borrowed from an army residence.
I asked a police who interviewed me why I was taken there?
He said because we displayed banners.
Doesn’t the meeting claim internet freedom?
They said I disturbed the social order.”
Wang Jing said that they are netizens having been suppressed
for a long time.
She said the World Internet Conference held in China
was just a big joke.
Zhang Jixin, another protester who was just released
said that being an enemy of the internet, the Chinese
Communist Party (CCP) isn’t qualified to be holding
such a meeting.
Zhang Jixin, “If one wants to connect with the world,
and wants to walk the same pace, one must open up the
freedom of public opinion and freedom of expression.
However, we don’t know what the CCP has done in reality,
we didn’t do anything wrong yesterday but were arrested.
They didn’t give us water to drink during detention,
they held us in a chilled room for a long time.”
Zhang said that the World Internet Conference should be
renamed to “World Internet Block Conference” or “Deleting
Messages and Arresting People Conference”.
Huang Qi, founder of website 64tianwang, “Since the Chinese
internet started, over 10,000 netizens were arrested.
They were sent to labor camps, detained, or threatened for
publishing on human rights, democracy and anti-corruption.
Those people only have one purpose, which is to push China
to a real freedom of internet and freedom of publication.
Before the conference started, the CCP blocked several
thousand websites without an explanation.
The VOA reported on Nov. 18 that, EdgeCast, one of the
biggest content delivery networks was blocked in China.
EdgeCast provides services to thousands of websites
and apps cloud in China.
In addition, China’s forums and Weibo microblog
were tightly controlled.
Any negative news about the conference was deleted.
Fang Binxing’s mocking speech as “Great Firewall Father”,
was posted on Weibo by netizens.
Their criticisms and its contents were quickly deleted.
William Nee, China researcher at Amnesty International
says “China’s internet model is one of extreme control and
suppression.” He worried that Beijing could push it to a
Gu Chunqiu, current affairs commentator says the CCP
wants to use the conference to paint a good image.
It’s to cover up its dictatorial nature, and wants to prove it
hasn’t been eliminated in this era.
Gu Chunqiu, “The internet itself is a product of
the spirit of freedom.
It is opposite to the nature of the CCP.
The CCP wants to promote its Internet model, so
it hopes its evil control can be admitted in the world.
Think about its evil control, how could it be possible?
Gu Chunqiu stresses that freedom of internet is
impossible to succumb to tyranny.
Interview & Edit/LiYun Post-Production/XiaoYu