Post on “democratic politics” deleted from Weibo

The following post by Lei Yi (雷颐), a well-known Chinese historian with just under 108,000 followers, was deleted from Sina Weibo sometime before 1:32am Hong Kong time today, May 30, 2012. [More on deleted posts at the WeiboScope Search, by the Journalism and Media Studies Centre].

Lei Yi’s post, which refers to the Chinese Communist Party simply as “it” (它), criticizes the suggestion that China is unsuited to “democratic politics” (民主政治) because the “character” (素质) of Chinese people is too low.

More than 60 years ago, it firmly avowed that the character of Chinese people was already suited to democratic politics. Several years later, it grabbed hold of political power. Now, it firmly avows that the character of the Chinese people is too low, that democratic politics cannot be carried out. The facts avow that its more than 60 years of rule has sent the character of the Chinese people into a downward slide, to the point that disqualified from exercising democratic politics.

Lei Yi’s original Chinese post follows:

六十好几年前,它坚决承认中国人民的素质已经可以实行民*主政治。几年后,它夺取了政权。现在,它坚持认为中国人的素质太低,还不能实行民*主,事实上承认,它执政的六十余年,使中国人民的素质下降了,至少下降到无资格实行民*主政治的水平。

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