Images of urban brutality

The following re-post by He Bing (何兵), deputy dean of the law school at China University of Political Science and Law, was deleted from Sina Weibo sometime before 8:01am Hong Kong time today, March 9, 2012. He Bing currently has more than 164,000 followers, according to numbers from Sina Weibo. [More on deleted posts at the WeiboScope Search, by the Journalism and Media Studies Centre].

He Bing’s post includes an image of apparently badly beaten Chinese — presumably rural migrants in the city — leaning against the front of a van that reads “Urban Management Enforcement” (城管执法). Urban management personnel, or chengguan, were established in the 1990s in China, ostensibly to maintain order in China’s cities as they were flooded with migrants from the countryside. All chengguan, which are known nationwide for their brutality, are constituted at the city level.

He Bing’s post with the image reads:

So this is where national administration (国家治理) has brought us. Some people say that we are experiencing glory not seen since time immemorial, others that we are seeing chaos that we have not experienced since time immemorial. We could just say we are seeing wonders (奇迹) such as we have not seen since time immemorial.

The original Chinese-language post from Zheng Wei follows:

国家治理成现在这个样。有人说是旷古未有的盛世,有人说是旷古未有的乱世。总之是旷古未有的奇迹。

Sina Weibo user @dominedeus responded to He Bing’s post by asking: “Have you verified that the photo is accurate?” To which He Bing somewhat snidely answered, in a post also deleted: “What, you think these are false charges trumped up by female spies for the Kuomintang?”

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