Last week on Friday, Chinese truck drivers began a nationwide protest about a variety of grievances, including traffic laws, cutthroat competition caused by Uber-like online contracting services, high gas prices, and stagnant wages.

  • Activists took to social media to rally “30 million truck drivers” across China, according to China Labour Bulletin and Radio Free Asia. The former reported, “Collective protests by truck drivers have been recorded in at least a dozen locations in Shandong, Sichuan, Chongqing, Anhui, Guizhou, Jiangxi, Shanghai, Hubei, Henan and Zhejiang.”
  • Video of truck drivers shouting “Down with the Communist Party” (打倒共产党 dǎdǎo gòngchǎndǎng) has been circulating on Twitter and overseas dissident websites (in Chinese).
  • “All websites in all regions, immediately delete upon discovery all news on multi-province freight truck drivers, leave no stone unturned” is a government censorship instruction dated June 11, as reported by China Digital Times.

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