Reuters has a good story on the forcible removal of Chinese former President Hu Jintao from the closing ceremony of the Communist Party Congress on Saturday:
Hu, 79, Xi Jinping’s immediate predecessor, was seated to the left of Xi. He was led off the stage of the main auditorium of the Great Hall of the People in Beijing by two stewards, a Reuters witness at the congress said.
Video footage published by AFP showed a steward repeatedly trying to lift Hu from his seat, drawing concerned looks from officials seated nearby. Hu then put his hand on a sheet of paper placed on Xi’s folder but Xi quickly put his hand on the sheet.
Deeper into the story Reuters adds this: “Video of the incident, highly unusual given the meticulous stage management of most such events, was widely shared on Twitter but could not be found on China’s heavily censored social media platforms.”
I think that this is an example of persecution and the art of writing — i.e., communication between the lines under illiberal conditions: “On China’s Twitter-like Weibo, a few social media users alluded to the incident by commenting on old posts featuring Hu, a common tactic used to evade cyberspace censors.” It’s a lesson that might come in handy for us as well.
President Xi Jinping ends the Communist Party Congress with a bang. Seated next to him is his predecessor, Hu Jintao, who left office in 2013. Xi sits passively as his goons frogmarch Hu out of the auditorium. | Who is in charge? No, Xi is. (I couldn’t resist.) pic.twitter.com/HHK1N1J6Qi
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