Criticism of China’s National People’s Congress

The following post by Ye Kuangzheng (叶匡政), a Chinese poet and scholar, was deleted from Sina Weibo sometime before 3:45pm Hong Kong time yesterday, February 27, 2012. Ye Kuangzheng currently has just under 125,000 followers, according to numbers from Sina Weibo. [More on deleted posts at the WeiboScope Search, by the Journalism and Media Studies Centre].

Ye Kuangzheng’s post is simply a re-post of a string of separate posts on China’s National People’s Congress (NPC), which will go into full session early next week. The posts, by @LiuZhongshi @LinShaX and @ZhuoShuiQingShenZl, are critical of public security spending in China and the NPC as an empty body merely trumpeting the foregone decisions of the Chinese Communist Party:

//@LiuZhongshi: The people are treated like enemies! //@ZhuoShuiQingShenZl: The government is inactive, so the propaganda leaders are very busy; popular anger runs deep, so they emphasize that society is very harmonious; morals are lacking, so they soak us in great love; public order is great, so they mobilize vast police forces.//@LinShaX: The police forces they’ve mobilized now cost hundreds of thousands more than what America spends on its army, all for the sake of protecting the world’s best-known “great meeting of cheerleaders.”

It is not clear what @LinShaX is referring to in the line about U.S. military spending. China revealed last year, however, that it now spends more on internal security than it does on national defense.

The original Chinese-language post from Ye Kuangzheng, with posts from @LinShaX and @ZhuoShuiQingShenZl included, follows:

//@刘忠世:待民如寇仇!//@浊水清尘zl: 政府无为,所以宣扬领导都很忙;民怨很深,所以强调社会很和谐;道德沦丧,所以渲染我们有大爱;治安很好,所以动用强大的警力。//@林傻X:动用的警力比美国现役陆军的总数还多十几万,只是为了维护世界上最著名的“啦啦队大会”

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