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News of Special Cemetery Triggers A Hot Joke: On
The “Burying Alive” of Communist Officials
A news report has recently tipped off Chinese civilians,
leading them to come up with an idea to bury alive
Chinese Communist Party (CCP) cadres.
Some people even say that they are willing to donate
extra money to help purge corrupt officials.
On May 9, Chinaxiaokang.com, a website sponsored
by the CCP Central Committee, reported that
a building project of a new “Revolutionary Cemetery”
in Guangzhou has sparked controversy among the public.
Reportedly, Guangzhou authorities plan to invest
620 million yuan to build Fushan cemetery.
It has been included in local livelihood projects.
According to Guangzhou Civil Affairs Administration
and staff of a local revolutionary cemetery,
the planned Fushan cemetery is designed to
“serve a special social group”.
They have revealed that
the buyers of graves at Fushan cemetery,
or the deceased ,whose ashes are to be stored there
must have “seven accredited status”,
such as martyr, state cadre,
army personnel, among others.
CCP officials will enjoy privileges even after death.
The news has swiftly aroused public anger,
and gave rise to a running joke on “being buried alive”.
CCTV journalists are doing street interviews.
The reporter asks an old man:
“Excuse me, what do you think about Guangzhou’s
planned Cemetery that only buries cadres?”
Let me think a moment, the elderly man asks the reporter,
“Are they buried alive?”
The joke has gone viral all over the internet,
even illustrated, by netizens.
The old man’s question has been heatedly quoted
and teased on the internet.
On Sina Weibo, the result of an online search for
“Are they buried alive?” shows over 710,000 posts.
Netizens posted that they are willing to donate
to bury corrupt officials alive.
(Beijing rights activist) Hu Jia: “It’s unbelievable that
Guangzhou has such a plan,
spending 620 million yuan to built a resting place
for dead officials.
Firstly, I’m very angry with that!
Secondly, if they can be buried alive right now,
I agree we should spend 620 million yuan!
If that’s not enough, I’ll donate!”
The “buried alive” joke has really resonated with the public.
Guangzhou citizens think it is because right now Chinese
civilians have run out of patience with CCP officialdom.
Mr Li from Guangzhou: “Talk such as serving the people,
seeking welfare for civilians, it is all a pack of lies.
They’ve thoroughly enjoyed various privileges and
resources when alive.
Now even when they’re dead,
they still want to enjoy privileges.
How can that not make people angry? ”
(Guangzhou rights activist) Guo Chunping:
“Now the authorities plan to use the taxpayers’
hard-earned money to build a cemetery for them.
Of course it outrages the masses, they have suffered too long.
All these years, they have hated official corruption so much.
Isn’t this news bound to fuel people’s anger!”
Li Xiangyang, a civil rights expert, points out that
CCP officials’ corruption has reached its peak.
This can be seen in numerous mass protests
that have occurred nationwide in recent years.
He said the point is that the current system in China
does not have an environment for incorruptible officials.
Li Xiangyang: “All officials have been corrupt in China,
for they’re staying in a reversed weed-out system.
No upright official can possibly fit into this corrupt
bureaucratic system, nor can they operate easily”
Facing strong controversy, Guangzhou Civil Affairs
Administration released a micro-blog message on May 9.
It said that the Fushan cemetery news report
There is a “public cemetery area” inside the cemetery,
which is available for the general public.
The message did not specify the size of
the “public cemetery area”.
Meanwhile, some websites including Chinanews.com
have removed the early news report on Fushan cemetery.
On Chinaxiaokang.com, it still remains undeleted.