Post comparing Beijing floods to SARS deleted

The following post by Wang Wei (王巍), an expert on mergers and acquisitions, was deleted from Sina Weibo sometime before 12:13pm today, July 26, 2012. Wang Wei currently has just under 1.6 million followers, according to numbers from Sina Weibo. [More on deleted posts at the WeiboScope Search, by the Journalism and Media Studies Centre].

Right now Chang’an Avenue makes me recall SARS [in 2003]. The principal crossroads all have police cars with flashing lights. The roads are clear, and restaurants where there are usually lines to get in have no customers at all. Everyone has gone home, and the city is silent. The roads are tangled with the question of how a young lives can drown on the road in the center of the city, and how scores or even more residents can have their lives washed away in the city that was host to the [2008] Olympic Games.

The following is the original Chinese post:

此刻长安街,想起非典时期。主要路口都有警车闪烁蓝光,一路疏通,平时排队的饭店也没有客人了。人都回家了,城市也空寂了很多。一路上纠结着何以一个年轻有为的生命居然淹死在市中心路上,几十个甚至更多的居民竟然在奥运会主办城市中被大雨带走生命。牛气哄哄的首都也就能被水给治了。

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