China's 'occupy' toilet protests spread
23 February 2012, 18:26
Beijing - A Chinese student is hoping to become a heroine for women
around the world by launching an occupy movement of her own - in the
Fed up with long queues for ladies', Li Tingting
made headlines when she and 20 women marched into a men's public toilet
in the southern city of Guangzhou carrying colourful placards calling
for equal waiting times for both sexes.
Now, she plans to take
her protest to the capital Beijing, where China's leaders will gather
next month for the annual meeting of the country's rubber-stamp
"We want senior officials to pay attention to this
issue," she said. "It is a big issue for many women. During the protest
in Guangzhou, we conducted random surveys and found that the majority of
people supported us."
Local media reported after the protest
that provincial officials in Guangzhou had responded by agreeing to
increase the number of women's toilets by 50% - a pledge Li says should
be taken nationwide.
The issue has sparked a debate on the internet, although not everyone is impressed by the protest.
Americans occupy Wall Street, the Chinese occupy toilets. This is very
different," posted one blogger under the name huashuo xian.