Giant Inflatable Toad In Beijing A Sign Of Jiang Zemin’s End?
A summer festival began in Beijing Yuyuantan Park
on July 19.
During the event, a 22-meter high giant inflatable toad,
the largest in Asia, appeared in a scenic spot of the park.
The toad is made of 550 pieces and its bottom side
is 34-meter long.
At first glance, many tourists immediately recall the name
of former CCP leader Jiang Zemin.
Some comment that as autumn is coming,
toads will soon go down into the earth, indicating the end
of Jiang Zemin and his followers.
Mainland Chinese media claimed the giant toad
is a “Renaissance Toad.”
However, what invariably comes to people’s mind
is another term, the “Jiang Toad.”
The news has become a hot topic between people.
Meng Yachun, Beijing soccer club manager: “Chinese always
use the toad as a metaphor for Jiang Zemin.
Some say he was a millennium toad in a previous incarnation,
and that is really something.
On the other hand, the huge toad in Yuyuantan
is a little puzzling.
Is that a sarcastic or flattering move?
It’s really hard to tell.”
In a place close to Zhongnanhai in the capital, a huge toad
that matches Jiang Zemin’s image suddenly showed up,
and it is the largest one in Asia.
Beijing businessman Song Zaimin says this may be indicative
of the collapse of Jiang’s faction, as toads will
go down into the earth when hot summer is over.
Song Zaimin, Beijing businessman: “It is like the final show.
The heat summer is followed by cool autumn.
Then toads will go down into the earth and rest there.
Toads live underground.
They dig underground holes and stay there in winter.
There will be no winter for Jiang.
He has no future and will rest forever.
So it is like a farewell party for him.”
The toad will be even more meaningful
if put in Tiananmen Square.
Song Zaimin: “I think Tiananmen Square is a better place
than Yuyuantan Park to put the giant toad.
The toad is more meaningful there.
If Jiang Zemin can take a photo with it, that will be historical.
The toad really matches Jiang’s image perfectly.”
Guo Yongyao, Designer of the “Renaissance Toad,”
claims that golden toad has represented good fortune
since ancient times in China.
However, Song Zaimin says not all toads bring good fortune,
as the “Jiang Toad” has been a complete disaster for China.
Song Zaimin: “From the June 4 Massacre to the persecution
of Falun Gong…. the latter is especially the worst suppression
by any government against a religious belief the history.
So Jiang has not only committed innumerable crimes,
but those crimes are the most heinous.
Now it is time for Jiang to be done.
I hope that day comes as soon as possible.”
Nobody knows exactly when “Jiang Toads” became
a popular epithet in mainland China.
In the past, there were many mysterious events
indicating Jiang’s connection to the toad.
In early April 2004, Jiang visited Germany when he had been
widely accused of persecuting Falun Gong in the world.
Two days before Jiang arrived, huge ads featuring toads
suddenly appeared in many of Germany’s railway stations.
The ad’s top title was “Look Upward.”
In the ad, two toads stay on both sides looking upward
at a big toad with a crown.
The ad’s bottom title was “The Big One Comes Out.”
Another odd occurrence took place on the Xinhua News
Agency website at that time.
The first thing shown on the screen when the website loaded
was a jumping electric toad.
The strange advertisement remained there for a long time.
On June 13, 2002, Jiang Zemin visited Iceland.
Again two days before he arrived, a photo of a big toad
was published in Iceland’s largest newspaper.
Late October of the same year, Jiang visited the United States.
A restaurant near the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)
Consulate also chose a toad as its logo.
As Jiang’s power declines, “real toads” have also show
a quick depopulation during the period.
The Associate Press reported on February 11, 2006 that
toads in American national parks were dying out at a fast rate.
85 percent of toads were infected with a mysterious
but critical bacterium.
The same year in Hamburg, Germany, thousands of toads
died instantly when their bodies exploded like a balloon.
Mysterious mass toad deaths have been widely
reported in China.
An article from U.S.-based Epoch Times says the fall
of Jiang Zemin is only a matter of time.
Currently, the giant inflatable toad is being exhibited
This may indicate that Jiang and his followers appear strong
but are indeed weak with only “air” inside.
Just a light poke or a windstorm could completely
destroy them for good.
Interview & Edit/Qin Xue Post-Production/Li Zhiyuan