How 五毛 are recruited

This sort of thing goes way back to people like Wuerkaixi in Tiananmen 1989. During the Cultural Revolution when he was only 9, the Uyghur boy was the model Red Guard who allegedly could recite Mao’s little red book from cover to cover.

Why did he join the protesters in 1989? Because even though he was already a student leader, he felt that he was not rising fast enough. His original intention was to rise to leadership stardom by negotiating directly with the central government and become a top communist cadre even before he graduated. Of course, he was not the only manipulator among the student leaders. There were a few others. Well, hardliners in the government were so enraged by the protests that they refused to budge and the rest is history. FYI Wuerkaixi’s escape was sponsored by Hong Kong singer Anita Mui.

This video by former South African expat in Shenzhen, Winston Serpentza gives us an insider’s view of how influential dissidents can be “persuaded” to switch sides and recruited as Western 五毛. The authorities probably realise now that they have missed a golden opportunity with folks like Wuerkaixi. This time round, they don’t have to negotiate policies. They just negotiate with money.

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17 NOVEMBER 2021