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In Japan, Winnie the Pooh joins China’s lockdown protests: NPR

In Japan, Winnie the Pooh joins China's lockdown protests: NPR
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Japan’s Disney Store sells merchandise featuring Winnie the Pooh holding up a white sheet of paper, a symbol of anti-government protests in China.

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Japan’s Disney Store sells merchandise featuring Winnie the Pooh holding up a white sheet of paper, a symbol of anti-government protests in China.

Screenshot of the Japanese Disney Store website

Winnie the Pooh joins protests against China’s ‘zero-COVID’ policy.

Japan’s Disney Store is now selling fan shop Online, featuring Winnie the Pooh holding up a blank white sheet of paper – a symbol of China’s lockdown protests.

The products are created by Disney DID Program called “D-MADE” in product descriptions that allows people to personalize their own Disney merchandise. The collection includes hoodies, shirts, tote bags and mugs.

The goods are not sold on the US Disney site under personalized products with Pooh.

Disney not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Demonstrators raise blank papers as they protest in Beijing on November 27. 27. The White Paper symbolizes a silent protest against the Chinese government’s stubborn enforcement of freedom of expression.

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Demonstrators raise blank papers as they protest in Beijing on November 27. 27. The White Paper symbolizes a silent protest against the Chinese government’s stubborn enforcement of freedom of expression.

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demonstrations in China broken out he Nov. On Feb. 25, a fire at an apartment building killed 10 people in the Xinjiang region amid tight lockdowns that held people back stuck in their houses for more than three months. Since then, protesters have taken to the streets in several cities across the country to demand the end of COVID-19 restrictions and the resignation of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Some people have held back blank papers during the protests constitute a call for free speech and a collective message of resistance that needs no words because “everyone knows.”

At Japan’s Disney store, Winnie the Pooh appears to be doing exactly the same thing, sporting a more serious face than his typical smiling one. Hundreds of people in Japan have protested in solidarity with the anti-lockdown demonstrations in China.

A sticker showing Winnie the Pooh holding a blank paper was attached to a post as protesters protested outside the Chinese embassy in Berlin, Germany on Saturday in solidarity with protesters in China.

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A sticker showing Winnie the Pooh holding a blank paper was attached to a post as protesters protested outside the Chinese embassy in Berlin, Germany on Saturday in solidarity with protesters in China.

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This activist pooh is an adaptation of a Viral meme 2013 from Pooh reading a blank white paper while he narrowed his eyes and looked confused.

People liked Xi to the chubby bear for years, making the beloved character a highly politicized figure in China. In 2013, people compared a photo of Xi and former President Barack Obama walking side by side to a picture Pooh and Tiger. China censored the Chinese name for Winnie the Pooh and bear animated gifs on social media platforms in 2017 without giving an official explanation.

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