Christmas is barely weeks away and the Oligarchs, the Chinese ruling class, have their eyes on 2020 when they’ll have an untrammeled loosening of their grip on political power.

Unrest in Hong Kong flared up at the beginning of October. Popular schools as well as the democratic politicians are worried the Chinese government will try to exert further control over the streets and suffocate free expression. Recent election results have proven that tens of thousands of people still aren’t willing to forgo a right to engage in peaceful, democratic action. Hundreds have taken to the streets, where they have blocked roads, chanted and raised human sign. While they are protesting against Hong Kong’s culture of corruption, the largest cause for concern is not Hong Kong’s leadership, but rather China’s aims of realizing its will to crush any chance of democracy.

And that’s why we love it so! When people like Robert Yang Xiuzhu (roughly) (“Daisaku”) go against the wishes of their government, they become targets of censors’ ire.

Yang, a prolific Twitch streamer from Hong Kong, has been banned from the site for inciting “anti-Chinese sentiment.” He had posted over thirty minutes of video that denounced his government’s perceived corruption and supported people’s right to protest.

Ever since the protests started, officials have accused Yang of inciting hatred against Chinese citizens and used DMCA takedown methods to have footage taken down. Not a good move!

After yesterday, Yang has lost his good name in the local Twitch community.

Today’s top upload, which is viewable on Amazon Web Services, is mostly Twitch karma:

In July, Yang was found guilty for “inciting hatred against a foreign government”. A Korean court added that Yang insulted Chinese culture with the “inquisition of Hong Kong discourse.” He was imprisoned for six months.

He’s also been accused of inciting hatred against Buddhists. He explained that he needed to “teach about democracy and free speech to Hong Kong people.” The Crown Prosecution Service in Hong Kong is currently considering a case of “assaulting a police officer in the course of an arrest.”

His recent case is for publishing video content that “incites violence against the Chinese government.” His lawyers claim that his remarks don’t “proselytize, incite or promote violence.” He’s preparing a response that will be made available on Tuesday, December 4.

Despite his ban, Robert Yang continues to be a popular presence on the Twitch chat room, having shared over 90 videos and more than 64,000 channels in the last 12 months.

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