Images from protests against China’s zero-covid policy across the mainland are now available for purchase as non-fungible tokens on OpenSea, the largest NFT marketplace.
In a seven-day auction that began on November 27, a Polygon-based NFT collection of 135 photos titled “Silent Speech” captures the protests with a starting bid of 0.01 ETH.
Another NFT collection, Blank Paper Movement, includes 24 stylized images of protesters holding blank papers, symbolizing the suppression of free speech.
At 3:00 p.m. on Monday, Hong Kong time, the Ethereum-based NFTs had a floor price of 10 Ether (US$11,720).
Protests erupted last Thursday in Urumqi, the capital city of China’s northwestern province Xinjiang, as citizens took to the streets and the internet to express their outrage and concerns about zero-Covid lockdowns.
The city government blamed the tragedy in part on the victims’ inability to save themselves, which fueled the protests’ growth.
Massive protests erupted in the streets of China’s major cities over the weekend, including Urumqi, Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan, and Guangzhou.
According to Initium Media, students at at least 79 universities in 15 Chinese provinces had reportedly engaged in public protests or small-scale mourning.