A petition has been launched calling for the release of Zhai Xiaobing, a Chinese blogger who mocked the recent Communist Party Congress in an irreverent tweet and was promptly arrested on terrorism charges. Zhai, a 36-year-old financial worker from Beijing, made the mistake of belittling the Party at its most politically …
A bit harsh
Obviously the men in power are very sensitive about their dictatorial* approach.
* For Chinese readers; insert the expression "loving".
Re: A bit harsh
Could be terrorism, if it inspires terror. It certainly seemed to inspire it in the political elite.
If this had been the United States instead of China ...
... cue the massive flame wars, accusations, black helicopters, CIA rendition teams, ect.
Since it's China everyone simply expressed mild disappointment.
Re: If this had been the United States instead of China ...
Well, probably because it's par for the course. I'm personally glad that we hold Western governments up to significantly higher standards than China, since I live in the West...
He's been arrested for terrorism charges? Oh no so evil, you'd never see somebody from the west have that happen.
Not to mention the number of people arrested for libel / defamation when posting sattire about politicians which somehow comedians get away with on TV daily.
But no you'd never catch that in the west, bad china, BAD!
When I was a little kid, I was told the magic word was "please".
Turns out it's "terrrorist".
> Turns out it's "terrrorist".
It used to be "communist"
I'm so glad I live in the UK and there is no possibility that a sarcastic tweet would land me in trouble with the authorities!
My sarcasm detector went off the scale there. (Just a note for our US cousins)
Yeah, a nation that gave the world George Carlin, Bill Hicks, and The Simpsons would never get sarcasm. (That's sarcastic, for our European readers who were too busy looking down their noses to notice.)
You colonials are just so touchy!
WE ARE NOT!!!1!!eleventy-one!!
I guess the Final Destination for that film fan turned out to be the big slammer.