Protest Images in China Converted to NFTs

Protest Images in China Converted to NFTs

Photos from the protests against the zero Covid-19 policy in China are up for sale as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) on OpenSea.

Over the weekend, massive protests erupted on the streets of China’s major cities, including Urumqi, Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan, and Guangzhou. The city government attributed some of the tragedy to the victims’ inability to save themselves, which accelerated the spread of protests. Footage from the protests was also posted on the NFT platform as a response.

Protest Footage in China Up for Sale as NFT

Photos taken from the protests against the Covid 19 policy in China have been put up for sale as NFT on OpenSea, one of the largest NFT markets.

The protests began after a deadly fire last Thursday in Urumqi, the capital of northwest China’s Xinjiang province.

A Polygon-based NFT collection of 135 photos titled Silent Speech is offered at a starting bid of 0.01 ETH ($11.74) in a seven-day auction starting Sunday.

Another NFT collection, Bank Paper Movement, consists of 24 stylized paintings, often featuring crowds of protesters holding blank papers, symbolizing the suppression of freedom of expression.

Covid-19 protests in China spread to Beijing

The protests, which took place in Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, and in the port city of Shanghai, spread to Beijing, the capital of China. During the protests in Beijing, the “zero-Covid” policy implemented in the country was criticized and those who lost their lives in Urumqi were commemorated.

Protests against Covid-19 measures are spreading across the country, following the fire that broke out in an apartment claimed to be under quarantine in Urumqi, the center of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China.

At the protest held in Beijing, the capital of China, the demonstrators criticized the government and state media’s stance on the fire and voiced their demands for civil rights and freedom of expression.

Groups of several hundred people gathered on both sides of the Liamao Canal at night in Chaoyang district in central Beijing to commemorate those who lost their lives in the Urumqi fire.

The crowd, lighting candles and laying flowers by the river, held up blank white papers, which had become the symbol of protests, and chanted “we don’t want quarantine”, “we don’t want tests”, and “we want freedom”.

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