High-level state officials in China have special driving privileges. They pay no tolls, parking fees, or traffic tickets. A travel patrol escort guarantees they have the right of way. An ordinary person endures blocked roads and long waits when an official motorcade passes by.
Resentful netizens devised a tongue-in-cheek tactic to deal with it.
Honk your horn for three minutes and mourn the motorcade.
On Sept 25, netizen “Junhan” from Chengdu City in Sichuan Province posted on his Weibo microblog:
“While I was on the road today, I encountered a special motorcade. The traffic patrol oversaw the procession as they went by.
Amid the mass of patiently waiting drivers, the driver of an American Buick began to honk. Gradually, all the other drivers caught on and did the same. For three minutes, horns blared and drivers lowered their heads and silently recited, ‘Leaders, may you rest in peace.’”
Junhan encouraged the gesture to spread nationwide.
Although his post was promptly deleted, the idea went viral, forwarded more than 100,000 times with over 20,000 comments.
Blaring horns and mourning for privileged motorcades? Priceless!
“Arthur52,” from Shenzhen City in Guangdong Province wrote: “Blaring horns and mourning for privileged motorcades? Priceless!”
“Why must people be segregated into social classes?” asked another netizen from Guangdong’s Guangzhou City. “Today I saw several privileged cars, blasting their horns and speeding. I stood in my place and mourned for three minutes. Leaders, may you rest in peace.”
A netizen under the alias “Be Irresistible” said: “Yesterday I saw a car with words traced on its dusty rear window: Give the right of way to military, police, and privileged automobiles! Never try to pass! Mourn for our leaders! May they rest in peace!”
Many netizens admire the effort and want it to continue.
“I have read about sounding horns and mourning for privileged motorcades,” wrote “Singing Insect” on Weibo. “We should applaud this sound.”
Read the original Chinese article.
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