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The strangest things that are banned in China

The letter N, jasmine, and reincarnation. As in any self-respecting totalitarian regime, China has a variety of restrictive laws in place to prevent any nonsense like freedom of speech or dissent from spreading on the territory of the state. But sometimes in a country with a bright communist future, absolutely absurd things are forbidden.

1. The letter N

In 2018, the letter N was temporarily banned on the social network Weibo after it became known that restrictions on the term of presidential powers could be lifted, which would allow Xi Jinping to remain in power indefinitely.

This is how the censors responded to complaints from users who wrote “N terms on the post”, where N meant an indefinite number.
The strangest things that are banned in China

Protesters hold a banner with Xi Jinping's face on it during the demonstration. Hong Kong, China, October 20, 2019

Along with this letter, about 50 phrases were banned, among them: “lifetime”, “disagree”, “cult of personality”, “emperor”, etc.

2. Almost all time travel movies

In April 2016, the censors developed new guidelines that prohibit films about time travel. The reason: they are full of historical inaccuracies and undermine the moral foundations of society. And also because such films are often full of metaphors criticizing the government.

3. Jasmine

We're not talking about a Disney princess, we're talking about a plant. It is completely forbidden: you can not sell, buy, wear or discuss it.

The allergy of one of the top officials has nothing to do with it. Jasmine is banned for political reasons. In 2011, Tunisia experienced the Jasmine Revolution, as a result of which Tunisian President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali resigned.

At the same time, Chinese activists organized several rallies and rallies, where they called on people to take to the streets with jasmine flowers to protest against the authorities. Therefore, the government decided to completely uproot this flower from real life and the Internet.

Taiwan independence activists chant slogans as Chen Yunlin (China) attends a meeting with Taiwanese businessmen. Activists threw eggs and flowers, referring to the Tunisian Jasmine Revolution. Kaohsiung, February 24, 2011

For the same reason, images of umbrellas are prohibited. Because the umbrella is a symbol of the Hong Kong protests. In 2014, President Xi Jinping visited the Macau region in Southern China. Journalists at the event were banned from using umbrellas and were given raincoats instead.

4. Bananas on streams

Pornography in China is strictly prohibited. So strict that you can get a life sentence for its commercial distribution. Therefore, the authorities are very suspicious of everything spicy.

For example, in 2016, the Chinese Ministry of Culture said that streaming broadcasts spread pornography and other offensive content. Immediately after that, the streamers were banned from wearing mini-skirts, stockings, and other risky outfits, and even erotically eating bananas! Now bananas on live broadcasts should be eaten as decently and modestly as possible, and better — in the form of mashed potatoes.

In China, there is downright total control of streamers. Anyone conducting live broadcasts must register their real name on a government website and scan their face for recognition. The same rule is introduced for fans who donate money (donations).

The authorities say that the streams should “ actively spread positive energy, demonstrate truth, goodness, and beauty.”

5. Reincarnation

Not really. Reincarnation is not prohibited, but you need to coordinate each reborn lama with the authorities. Since 2007, a ban has been in effect, according to which “living Buddhas” can not be reborn and somehow influence the process of reincarnation without the consent of the Chinese leadership.

The so-called rebirths of the living Buddha, which are not sanctioned by the authorities, are illegal and invalid. In this simple way, China wants to weaken the influence of the Dalai Lama in Tibet.

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