Heads roll (figuratively) in the Weng’An riot aftermath
… I predict, the “Hu Jintao style” government response [which emphasises on proactive reporting the news and guiding the public discussion/opinion in order to restore/maintain stability] is going to be followed by acts in the “organizing department style” , that the entire local leadership team is going to be summarily dismissed.
He was right. The following is a translation of an article titled “Party secretary and head commisioner of Weng’An county both dismissed”, coming from the Xinhua Net.
Guizhou provincial government continues pursuing officials responsible for the June 28th Weng’An incident. Authorities at various levels have decided on July 4th to dismiss Weng’An county party secretary, Wang Qin, and head commisioner, Wang Haiping, from their positions. [Note: these are the top 1 and 2 positions at the county level.]
… [Further details of the dismissals as well as the replacement personales are laid out.]
Before this, the political commissar, Luo Laiping, and party secretary and chief, Shen Guirong, of the Weng’An county public security bureau were both dismissed as well. The replacement commissar and chief already assumed command on July 4th.
Party secretary of Guizhou province, Shi Zongyuan, pointed out in a recently convened update meeting: the direct trigger of the incident was a dispute over the nature of a young girl’s death; However, the root cause went much deeper and broader: the interests of the common folks were frequently violated in the courses of local mineral resource development, population resettlement, and rebuilding. In responding to those conflicts, some officials exhibited rough attitude, utilized crude methods and even abused the law enforcement power. As such, the failures by the leadership team at the county level and relevant departments can not be excused.
It’s also interesting to point out the suit of other related articles published at the Xinhua Net. They generally demonstrate an attempt at openly reporting the cause and facts of the Weng’An riot without evasiveness. The titles are translated and listed blow:
- Guizhou province party secretary criticize Weng’An county party secretary: he is only looking for excuses
- Guizhou province party vice secretary: Weng’An incident exposes long accumulated conflicts in the area
- Guizhou responds to rumors: no relatives of officials involved in the incident
- Guizhou officials analyze the cause of the incicent in depth: some folks have long held grievances
- Root cause for Weng’An incident: some officials are unable to face the citizens
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