authority is now telling the world that Chinese people
all support its decision to put Bo
Xilai on trial for three newly invented crimes (since
they were not the ones included in the accusations that
resulted Bo Xilai's initial
arrest more than a year ago, while the accusations
used by then cannot be found in the latest allegations),
the reality is
quite different. Here are some screen shots of the posts
we collected from a various of Chinese online social networks
and forums, which reveal how Chinese authority has willfully
even unscrupulously hijacked public opinion through stringent
online censorship mechanisms. In fact, the major online
social networks in China not only deleted
most comments related to impending trial of Bo Xilai
but closed the user accounts at an unprecedented large
scale on the days leading up to the announcement of the
真的英雄**: I would
really want to know what the contents are in the 70,000
comments deleted by the weibo.com [under
the order of the State Council Information Office].
News refuses to allow viewers to comment on the news? Why
you are so afraid of letting people speak out? There is only
one explanation, you are a group of liars.
萨科奇：On the one
hand they say that to put Bo Xilai on trial is what the people
want, on the other hand they dare not to allow the people
to tell them what the people want.
deleted all comments posted yesterday. Phew.
**无语： If you really
don't want people to post any comments on your site, you
should just close your online forums.
****002: Some guys
seem to believe they can create history by applying three
tricks: deleting the comments that they don't like, hiring
someone to post comments that they like and disabling the
comment function all together.
***银杏下: When you
see all weibo accounts from the government organisations
and state-run media outlets are fanatically deleting viewers'
comments, you know the authority has already lost its argument!
影子*: You may delete
posts that express different opinions from the cyber space,
but you can't delete different opinions from people's mind,
and those who act against public opinions always end miserably!
of China's best and most popular commentators on economic
and international affairs - Multipletext]: As you
the authority have decided to let him stand trial, please
try him publicly! We would like to see how Bo Xilai abused
his position, and want to find out if the "huge" amount
of bribes he is allegedly taken is in any where near the 27
billion landmark. By keeping the details away from
the public view you cannot convince people he is guilty
of anything. Weibo.com's News Headline has been re-weiboed
(retweeted) for so many weiboers (twitterers) yet only
a few comments left, is that a bit unusual? It is not until
I tried to add my feedback to the thread I realised why
it is the case: each entry has to be checked by someone
to determine if it is deemed fit to post.
Anonymous: My blog
was shut down by authority yesterday so I come to your
blog to say a few words:
1, The authority is in a real panic mood as they have no
idea how to win over the public.
2, The opposition to the trial decision is very strong both
within the establishment and in the public, so the authority
resorts to old tricks to dealing with the disagreement: close
blogs and delete comments [and
disable the feedback function of the news.].
3, Bo Xilai has not compromised his dignity, that is why
the authority dares not to broadcast the trial, yet which
only attracts more criticisms. They see no solution to this
4, It's time for Chinese people to wake up from any kind
of fancy dreams and prepare to take on a real fight.
read the responses to the news yesterday and found the opinions
are almost unanimously against the trial of Bo Xilai. I don't
understand why the authority has to openly challenge public
sentiment. When a dictator forces people to call a deer horse
and thinks he can do anything he wishes with his power, he
is doomed for sure. .... And please, do me a favour, just
stop talking about the mass line. Look at what you (Xi Jinping)
are actually doing, you are doing the things exactly opposite
to what you preach. When China boat is sinking, as the top
ruler, you and your family will not be able to end pretty.
Do you know what happened to the last emperor of the great
Ming Dynasty? He was forced to kill his daughters and watched
his wife to commit suicide before hanging himself on the
Coal Hill behind the Forbidden City.
老***: While they
pay lip-service to beast fight, they take real action to
apprehend the hero who beat beasts.
****: Just six
minutes after I posted my comment, it was screened out. Hi
guys, you like to talk about the will of people, I thought
you were serious ... tche!
千秋**: Where is
盼**: All accusations
against Bo Xilai are just baseless lies.
千秋**: Why am I
prohibited to criticize that American called Kissinger?
on with your US rescue mission.
一湘: Each day around
500 users that I followed have disappeared because their
accounts were closed by the administration.
晨晓： Hi CCTV [China's
state-run central television station], you can't
be more coward than you've already been, can you? You dare
not even let a single word that oppose the trial decision
appear on your site.
*****月来： They have
closed my user account for 23 times, but they cannot silence
me before Mr Bo Xilai is cleaned the all wrong charges against
Bo Xilai worked on housing projects for low income families
and unemployed people in Chongqing, I knew he would get himself
in a deep trouble [because he harmed
the interest of the powerful developers and the guys in the
State Council who relied on the housing boom to raise revenues
for the government and for their own families - Multipletext.].
And what the worst, he dared to oppose