With thousands of migrant workers being kicked out of their homes in Beijing, one Taobao seller has found a way to capitalize upon the widespread public outrage that the city's eviction campaign has unleashed.
A screen capture shared by Hong Kong newspaper Ming Pao shows a hoodie up for sale on the popular e-commerce platform with the characters "低端人口" ("low-end population") printed across the front. The hoodie costs 119 yuan, though Shanghaiist has not been able to locate the actual webpage to try ordering.
"Low-end population" is a term that has taken over WeChat of late in reference to the migrants who are being forced out into the cold, often with little notice, amid a citywide "safety check" in the wake of a fire that killed 19 people in a shanty town on Beijing's outskirts earlier this month. The Beijing government has denied that its campaign targets the city's "so-called low-end population," maintaining that its goal is tackling the threats posed by unsafe and unlicensed buildings.
However, many social media users believe that officials are simply using the fire as an excuse to rid Beijing of more migrants, moving ahead the city's long-term development plans.
But, it's also important to note that while migrants may be overwhelmingly affected by this campaign, they aren't the only ones who are having their lives suddenly uprooted. Those being evicted also include Beijing locals and young educated workers.