New world ordure
Posted by ampontan on Monday, November 12, 2012
AN 11 November editorial in the People’s Daily Online contained this passage:
The “China miracle” is not only a result of the reform and opening up of economy, but also of the progress in the reform of the political structure, and the improvement in democracy and legal system.
A man identified only as Peng in the city of Chongqing might not agree. Mr. Peng found the cartoon shown above on the Chinese Net. It depicts a running gangster with a knife protected by the umbrella of the police. (Umbrellas are said to be an image often used in China to represent the idea of protection.) He stuck on a caption that read, “This is a strange umbrella”, and posted it to the popular Tianya Shequ bulletin board.
Shortly thereafter, a window popped up unexpectedly in the bottom right hand corner of his PC. It was a message telling him to report to police headquarters and explain himself.
Isn’t the IT age grand?
Mr. Peng ignored the summons, so the police showed up at his house three weeks later. He was sent away for two years for “labor education”. It would seem that the concept of arbeit macht frei is alive and well in China.
Under Chinese law, citizens can be sent off for “labor education” without passing through the court system at all. No messing around with the bother of trials and judges and lawyers and juries and due process or any of that. Local governments like the law because it enables them to deal quickly with people they find troublesome.
Incidentally, Chongqinng is the same city once run by the now disgraced semi-non-person Bo Xilai. Mr. Bo once conducted a local campaign against gangsters and corrupt officials. It was given a name that translates to “Strike the Black!” Evidently one of the weapons that shouldn’t be used to strike the black is cartoons.
But that’s not the only reason for doubting his commitment to his own campaign. An older man once Weiboed, “Bo Xilai is shit” and got arrested. No labor education for him — just jail.
Ah, but perhaps the improvement that the People’s Daily cites is not a figment of the propagandist’s imagination after all. Tang Hui’s 11-year-old daughter was abducted, raped, held in captivity for three months, and forced to work as a prostitute. The guilty party was apprehended and punished, but Mr. Tang thought the penalty was too lenient. In addition, he thought the people who paid for sex with his daughter and the police who at first refused to investigate should also be called to account. He was sent off for “labor education” for 18 months for “disturbing the social order”.
But the sentence was withdrawn when his case attracted unpleasant public attention.
And the news about Mr. Peng in Chongqing did become public, right? That should be of some consolation for the two years he spent on the Chinese equivalent of the chain gang.
For more information about the wonderfulness that is China, hit that link to the People’s Daily editorial. Here’s my favorite part:
During the exploration of the people’s democratic system, the CPC adopted the mode of “electoral democracy plus consultative democracy.” Consultative democracy is exactly the missing part in Western democracy.
See? It’s all coming up, like a flower. Like the flower that is China, in the center of the world.