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February 1, 2013

Workers demand back pay, 'Gangnam Style'

Chinese labourers' wage protest goes viral.
Wuhan labourers' Gangnam Style protest
Chinese workers demanding back wages staged a protest using the dance from "Gangnam Style". [Screenshot]

Chinese labourers have found success with a protest tactic for the social media age: going viral on the microblogging site Sina Weibo.

A group of construction workers performed the dance from the South Korean megahit "Gangnam Style" outside one of their building sites. They filmed a video in the hope that it would draw attention to their overdue wages. The clip quickly went viral on Chinese social media sites. After a week of media attention, officials in Wuhan province agreed to pay the labourers a total of $33,000 (206,000 yuan).

Here's a Chinese news clip about the labourers' protest. They say, "Pay me my wages so I can go home and celebrate the Spring Festival!"