Anti-protest novelties pop up online as China ramps up propaganda

T-shirts with nationalist slogans are being sold on Chinese e-commerce site Taobao. Other items include bumper stickers and sew-on badges.
T-shirts with nationalist slogans are being sold on Chinese e-commerce site Taobao. Other items include bumper stickers and sew-on badges.PHOTO: TAOBAO

Miniature figurines of Hong Kong police officers in riot gear, T-shirts emblazoned with slogans of support for the city's police, and sew-on badges and bumper stickers with nationalist messages.

Such anti-protest merchandise has been popping up on Chinese e-commerce platforms like Taobao, as unrest continues to grip Hong Kong, where mass protests have taken place for 11 consecutive weekends.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 21, 2019, with the headline 'Anti-protest novelties pop up online as China ramps up propaganda'. Print Edition | Subscribe