When a high level official in Guangxi Province was murdered outside his home by a petitioner on Dec. 13, Chinese social networking sites reacted to the official accounts with skepticism and scorn, while some called for the killing of more Communist Party officials.
Official reports in Communist Party-controlled newspapers attributed the stabbing death of He Bin, the chief of the Liuzhou City Planning Bureau, to a robbery attempt gone wrong, when there were microblog postings suggesting that a petitioner allegedly murdered him, according to the Southern Daily newspaper.
He Bin was stabbed repeatedly by petitioner Luo Haomin, who followed him home. During the stabbing, Luo detonated a homemade explosive device, killing He Bin and injuring He Bin’s wife.
Numerous Chinese netizens, suspicious of Communist Party-controlled media, questioned the police’s official account of the murder that it was a robbery gone awry.
Some asked, “Who would carry explosives to rob someone?” and suggested revenge was the motive of the killing. “It must be revenge; the killer wanted to die together with him,” one said.
Earlier this week, the murder attracted more than 60,000 comments on social media sites only in 10 hours. Many netizens celebrated the death of the official and even sent out congratulatory messages to the killer.
Others suspected that corruption was behind the He’s attack and advocated the murder of more Communist Party officials.
Posts such as “kill all the officials … believe me, none of them are innocent,” and “Good job. Why not kill the head of the housing department as well?” were quickly removed by censors, said the Liuzhou Laowai blog.
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