China shuts online fan club for new first lady

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Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan
Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan

An online fan club devoted to Peng Liyuan, the increasingly popular wife of new President Xi Jinping, was shut down by authorities, the South China Morning Post said.

“Sorry, the account you are visiting is abnormal and cannot be accessed temporarily,” was the message that greeted people trying to reach the Guo Mu (mother of the nation) Fan Club on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter.

The club was created by Wang Jian, 28, a student at Xiamen University, who described the censors’ action as “undemocratic”.

Wang’s blog had about 5,600 followers at the time it was blocked.

Besides old photos of Peng, Wang posted videos of performances from her 30—year career as a folksinger, which she gave up when her husband became a prominent political figure.IANS



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