Dominoes for the Party Congress

This post made to Sina Weibo by Micro Newspaper (微报纸), an account with 335,000 followers, invited a flood of responses that were subsequently deleted by censors. The post shows students at Huazhong University of Science and Technology using dominoes to make Party flag that reads “18th National Congress,” referring to the upcoming session of top Chinese Communist Party leaders. [More on deleted posts at the WeiboScope Search, by the Journalism and Media Studies Centre].

The original post, which not surprisingly remains undeleted on Sina Weibo, reads:

On the even of the Party’s 18th National Congress, the Huazhong University of Science and Technology uses dominoes to create an image of the Party flag and the words “18th National Congress,” expressing the ardent hope that the 18th National Congress will open successfully, and the sense of continued national blessing.

In one re-post that was deleted within an hour, user Qi Hongbo (漆洪波), wrote with a laughing emoticon:

Push them down! Push them down! Push them down! 推倒推倒推倒

Xu Ruiting (徐瑞延), a Weibo user with just under 12,000 followers who previously ran as an independent candidate for a people’s congress post in the city of Hangzhou, wrote:

Dominoes, push one down and they’ll all fall. 多米诺,一推全倒。

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