Today an internal speech given by Zheng Yanxiong (郑雁雄), municipal secretary of Shanwei City, went viral on sina weibo and all kinds mainstream websites in mainland, only to be pulled off almost immediately by censorship due to the political sensitivity in the speech. Why? What did he say?
Quotes from the video:
Addressing the issue of villagers requesting foreign media’s attention:
Finding several reporters to make a scene, thinking that the more the press defame me the more I will suffer, thinking the problem will get me fired. What good can come of getting me fired? They will just send another Mayor down here, and I bet he won’t be any better than me. Ha, I am kidding, but there is some truth to it.
If overseas media are trust-worthy, then pig can climb up the tree.
Addressing the reason why placing over 1000 armed police to control the protest:
If only you just stop making a fuss, stop breaking the rules, let the government see that you behave well and won’t make any trouble, then I don’t have to bother the armed police. You think it is cheap to hire armed police? To put hundreds of armed police and normal police here, our Mayor Qiu’s wallet will shrink day by day, don’t you know?
Addressing how painful it is to be a government cadre nowadays:
There is only one group of people that are feeling the pinch of every year. Who? Those who are government cadres, including me. It was never this tiring to be a municipal secretary before, we now have to manage everything. The right we enjoy are decreasing, the means we can use are decreasing, but the responsibility for us are increasing day by day, whereas our ordinary folks are becoming more and more greedy, more and more clever, more and more untamable.
Addressing people turning to overseas media for help instead of the government:
I have personal experience of our national policies. Instead of counting on such responsible government, you are turning to a few crappy overseas media, crappy newspaper, crappy websites? You are mistaking the right with the wrong. What can they do to help you? Nothing. They can’t wait to see us fighting each other, turning socialism into a mess. Then they will be happy. If you need any help, just come to the government, don’t go to outsiders to spread rumors about.
Background from wikipedia:
The protests began on 21–23 September 2011 after officials sold land to real estate developers without properly compensating the villagers. Several hundred to several thousand people protested in front of and then attacked a Chinese Communist Party building, a police station and an industrial park. Protesters held signs saying "give us back our farmland" and "let us continue farming." Rumours that the police had killed a child further inflamed the protesters and provoked rioting. Residents of Wukan had previously petitioned the national government in 2009 and 2010 over the land disputes. In an apparent attempt to ease tensions, authorities allowed villagers to select 13 representatives to engage in negotiations.
Security agents abducted five of the representatives and took them into custody in early December. The protests strengthened after one of the village representatives, Xue Jinbo, died in police custody in suspicious circumstances. The villagers forced all Communist Party officials and police to flee the village. As of 14 December 2011, a thousand police laid siege to the village, preventing food and goods from entering the village.Government authorities set up internet censorship against information about Wukan, Lufeng and Shanwei.
Photos from BBC.
Villagers protested that their democratic appeal was treated as illegal rally.
Villagers held memorial ceremony for Su Jinbo, representative died during negotiation with the government.
Villagers gather to discuss the protest on Dec 21st. Banner on the right: give me back my civil rights.
Hong Kong groups support the Wukan protest.