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China: Official excess met with humor, scorn, death threats

Bloggers for some reason kept mostly or dead quiet about the 17th Party Congress while it was being held during the third week of this month, and now that it's over, blog posts on the subject are being deleted even before they get published [zh].

A chance for bloggers to get a few words in popped up at ten a.m. on October 25 at the military.club.china.com forum in a thread showing the photos someone had taken when the Pizhou, Jiangsu Party secretary returned from Beijing, amassing over 800 comments by 3:30 in the afternoon, reactions to the red-carpet reception Party Congress delegate Li Lianyu received. By the evening, the thread had met the same fate as that of the other few related discussion spaces from the past few days.

Xiao Qiang at China Digital Times has posted on this here.

The introduction given to the photos at military.club:

太牛的场面 让我呕吐了好久

It was too much to watch something like this, kept me vomiting for a long time

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And a screenshot taken of the ratio of support votes (smaller section) given to the thread to the oppose votes (vast majority) and the bbs handles and IP addresses which cast them:

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Selected comments:

* 作者:fucunfang 发表于:2007-10-25 10:33:29
21世纪的中国竟如此落后,这些欢迎群众的自主人格在哪里?!

21st century China could actually be this backwards; don't these crowds of welcomers have any independent personality at all?

* 作者:名字都被占了 发表于:2007-10-25 10:33:33
你看这领导都是红光满面的呀。这日子过的。啧啧啧。。

Look how glowing red and full-faced this leader is. Good days. Hehehe..

* 作者:garyq 发表于:2007-10-25 10:34:05
嗨,终于知道当官有多好,我想当官!!!!!!!!!

Hey, finally I see how good it is to be a civil servant, I want to be one too!!!!!!!!!

* 作者:都是真的 发表于:2007-10-25 10:36:57
一看就知道这SB是个作威作福的“土皇帝”,绝对不会亲民!!

One look and you can see this SOB is a “mud emperor” who rules roughly over his people; you won't see him kissing anyone!!

* 作者:木棉一号 发表于:2007-10-25 10:37:15
我敢断言,这娃完了!!!

If I even dare leave a message, my whole clan will be goners!!!

* 作者:狼和小羊 发表于:2007-10-25 10:37:36
顶上去!让更多的人看看!成何体统!

Nice! Let more people see this! How wrong it is!

* 作者:老希 发表于:2007-10-25 10:38:15
能跟焦书记比吗?这些欢迎的人是怎么了?

Does he compare at all to [past] Secretary Jiao? And what's with all these welcomers?

* 作者:天马行 发表于:2007-10-25 10:39:04
无语!

Speechless!

* 作者:*厅局级的享受* 发表于:2007-10-25 10:42:30
胡总看看吧!我们的公仆、我们的人民就是这样?!丢人!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

President Hu, are you seeing this? Is this how our civil servants, our people, really are? So embarrassing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

* 作者:剑涵 发表于:2007-10-25 10:44:00
这些人肯定是下级组织的,可见巴结拍马在那个地方已经相当流行!!
这些人肯定是下级组织的,可见巴结拍马在那个地方已经相当流行!!
还拿五星红旗!还有军队~~~~~~~~~靠!
一定要温总理看看~这个大书记!!

These people must be of lower rank in the Party organization, you can see how popular ass-kissing is in that place!!
These people must be of lower rank in the Party organization, you can see how popular ass-kissing is in that place!!
They even brought the five-star red flag! And there are soldiers there~~~~~~~~damn!
Premier Wen must see this, this great Party secretary!!

* 作者:dadada001 发表于:2007-10-25 10:45:21
浪费国家资源,该杀!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wasting the nation's resources, […] deserves to be killed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

* 作者:狼和小羊 发表于:2007-10-25 10:46:45
再顶!顶到中央纪委去!查查这位“亲民”的书记是如何赢得老百姓的“爱戴”的!这次欢迎仪式用去多少纳税人的钱!那些政府机关的公务员、那么多单位的员工不上班引起的间接损失有多少!

Props to this! Prop it right to the Central Disciplinary committee! Find out just how this ‘love the people’ secretary won the people's “love”! Find out how much of taxpayers’ money this welcoming ceremony used up. Those government officials, so many office staff…how much was lost during the time they weren't at work!

* 作者:凌村 发表于:2007-10-25 10:54:22
党旗拿去签名。。。。。。是不是违反了党章呀

Using the Party flag to gather signatures…….isn't that in violation of the Party constitution?

* 作者:kt520 发表于:2007-10-25 10:54:39
这样下去,我们的国家要完了!

If things keep going like this, our country is going to be done in for!

* 作者:要有志气 发表于:2007-10-25 11:00:54
我决定每天都要回复一下,版主可千万别删,哪怕是胖子书记给你一百万也别删,一直回复到胡总一想到就恶心的那一天。

I've decided that I'm going to leave one reply here every day. Webmaster, please don't ever delete this, even if Fatty Secretary himself gives you a million yuan, don't ever delete this. I'm going to keep replying until the day President Hu feels disgusted by this.

It seems the Military.Club readers are generally full of anger and grief over this; from towards the end:

* 作者:闲云2004 发表于:2007-10-25 15:31:26
这就是一党制的弊端.缺失了监督和约束的权力是洪水,是猛兽.是中华民族的悲哀.

This is just the abuse that comes with a one-party system. Authority lacking oversight and restrictions is a flood, a beast, it's the sorry of the Chinese people.

* 作者:无聊的一代 发表于:2007-10-25 15:32:02
明天我就撤了他!

Tomorrow I'm just going to take him out!

There's also a Baidu space set up as a sort of fanzine for Secretary Li, by someone claiming in large font themselves to be an interested rural youth motivated by what he sees as laziness among his peers. In what seems was sincere admiration for Secretary Li, on October 24 s/he posted the photos, which gathered its own set of comments, of a markedly different tone, and which were all removed sometime on the evening of the 25th.

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The ‘Li Lianyu—model cadre of a new era’ blog, October 25

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The ‘Li Lianyu—model cadre of a new era’ blog, October 26

And the photo post itself:

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Comments (#s 1-70 and 72-99 of which seemed to have already been missing):

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lilianyu0516
2007-10-25 15:51
友情提醒:欢迎各位朋友来到本博客空间,同时欢迎各位对邳州的发展提出好的意见和建议。但同时警告一部分人,不要在这里进行无礼的谩骂。如果不听劝阻,继续在这里肆意妄为,对我们的领导和邳州人民进行言语攻击,那么你将受到法律的严厉制裁。

Friendly reminder: Welcome all friends who visit this blog, at the same time welcome everyone to put forth suggestions and recommendations for the development of Pizhou. But at the same, warn some people not to issue impolite invective here. If the advice goes unheeded, and wanton disregard continues, of attacks against our leaders and the people of Pizhou, then you will be subject to severe legal sanctions.

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匿名网友
2007-10-25 21:04
坚定不移地团结在以李书记为首的领导周围,坚定不移地走中国特色社会主义道路,以邓小平理论和“三个代表”重要思想为指导,贯彻落实科学发展观,谱写邳州人民美好生活的新篇章!!!

Unshakably group under Secretary Li's leadership, unshakably follow the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics, fully implement ‘scientific outlook on development‘ through the guidance of key ideas Deng Xiaoping Theory and Three Represents, and write a new chapter in the beautiful lives of the people of Pizhou!!!

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网友:一位普通的上海市民
2007-10-25 21:34
李书记,人民的好书记,我太感动了!上海的习书记上调中央,我代表1800万上海市民欢迎李书记来上海当书记!

Secretary Li, the people's good secretary, I'm so moved! Shanghai's Xi Jinping has been transferred to the Central Government, so I represent the 18 million residents of Shanghai in welcoming Secretary Li to come be Shanghai's Party Secretary!

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网友:复旦学子
2007-10-25 21:39
欢迎李书记来复旦做演讲,复旦学子向勤劳勇敢的邳州人民致敬!向敬爱的李书记致敬!

Welcome Secretary Li to come to Fudan University to give a speech. A Fudan student praises the diligent and brave people of Pizhou! Praise to the beloved Secretary Li!

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网友:一位普通的北京市民
2007-10-25 22:11
李书记,人民的好书记,我太感动了!我代表1800万上海市民欢迎李书记来北京当书记!

Secretary Li, The People's Good Secretary, I'm so moved! I represent the 18 million residents of Shanghai in welcoming Secretary Li to come be Beijing's Party Secretary!

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网友:坐山雕
2007-10-25 22:14
李书记,怎么看着你就像金正日呢?人民的好书记啊好书记!!!

Secretary Li, why is it that I think you look like Kim Jong-il? The People's Good Secretary aaahh Good Secretary!!!

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网友:一个普通深圳市民
2007-10-25 22:15
李书记,人民的好书记,我太感动了!我代表深圳市民欢迎李书记来深圳当书记!

Secretary Li, The People's Good Secretary, I'm so moved! I represent the residents of Shenzhen in welcoming Secretary Li to come be Shenzhen's Party Secretary!

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网友:A
2007-10-25 22:16
如果不听劝阻,继续在这里肆意妄为,对我们的领导和邳州人民进行言语攻击,那么你将受到法律的严厉制裁。
____李书记能告诉我您将用什么法律严厉制裁吗?

“If the advice goes unheeded, and wanton disregard continues, of attacks against our leaders and the people of Pizhou, then you will be subject to severe legal sanctions.”
——Could Secretary Li please tell me what severe legal sanctions you are prepare to employ?

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网友:你们
2007-10-25 22:23
我代表全世界人民欢迎李书记!

I represent all the people in the world in welcoming Secretary Li!

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网友:中央领导
2007-10-25 22:43
中央热烈欢迎李书记来当中共中央总书记

The Central Government warmly welcomes Secretary to come be General Secretary of the Central Government of the Communist Party of China

pamiang
2007-10-25 22:51
我代表北京人民热烈欢迎李书记到上海做市委书记

I represent the residents of Beijing in warmly welcoming Secretary Li to go be Party Secretary in Shanghai!

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网友:中国人民
2007-10-25 23:00
这么大的活动,经费是哪里来的?是谁组织的?那么多人停工,这些都需要向人民交代清楚。我们的公务员,纳税人养着你们,给你们的钱不是给你们来干这个的。

This activity, where did its funding come from? Who organized it? So many people off work, they need to justify themselves clearly to The People. Our civil servants, it's the taxpayers who support you; the money we give you isn't for you to be doing stuff like this.

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网友:sara
2007-10-25 23:11
哈哈

Haha

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网友:这是谁啊?
2007-10-25 23:13
书记,你是谁啊?
这待遇和小平同志、江主席、胡主席差不多吧?
胡 主席去你们县也不会这样吧?
如有疑问请亲自问主席!

Secretary, who are you?!
This is about the same treatment that Comrade Xiaoping, Chairmans Jiang and Hu receive, right?
If Chairman Hu goes to your town, he'd get the same treatment, right?
If you have doubts you can ask the Chairman yourself!

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匿名网友
2007-10-25 23:25
全心全意为人民的好书记,赫赫

不过乱删帖子就不好了

A good secretary, for the people with all his heart and all his mind. Hehe.
But really, randomly deleting comments is not good.

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匿名网友
2007-10-26 00:06
李书记在邳州这么小的一块地方都有这架势
到了中央那还不直接压倒江书记?
他不是一个人的书记!他不是一个县的书记!他不是一个省的书记!
他是一个国家的书记!他是全世界人民的书记!他是银河系的书记!
支持李书记竞选宇宙书记!

If Secretary Li has such muster in such a small place as this
If he went to the Central Government, wouldn't he just push Secretary Jiang Zemin straight out?
He's not a People's Secretary! He's not a township Secretary! He's not a Provincial Secretary!
He's a National Secretary! He's Secretary for all people of the world! He's Secretary of the Milky Way!
I support Secretary Li in running for Secretary of the Universe!

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匿名网友
2007-10-26 00:32
李书记,北京人民欢迎你
快来领导我们吧

Secretary Li, the people of Beijing welcome you
Hurry, come lead us!

4 comments

  • […] 其实这条新闻在上周就看到了,但是感觉挺搞笑的,在中国这么个地方,发生这种事情实在是太正常不过的了,实在是不值得又什么大惊小怪的,但是景今天一不小心,发现竟然出现了英文版本的了,而且跟帖者甚众,不知道这属于社会注意社会的骄傲还是一中悲哀。 […]

  • 悲哀 一边吐 一边悲哀

  • 巴依老爷

    难怪我们的总书记、总理这么喜欢走到群众中,真是人生的最大成就!

  • doubtful

    here this website its self is a doubtful place, why they are translating the posts and who decide which to be translated and where are the missing comments(f.ex no.72-99)? it is just for making propaganda through others mouths?

    please don´t think the people who have other opinions are foolish,and don´t think the people on the picture don´t know what they are doing, not too many people like doing this but they know what they could get from it. it just like u.s president bush will be welcomed by lots of people and not everyone of them likes bush, it´s just real life, material world.

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