The following post by scholar and former journalist Guo Yukuan (郭宇宽) about his witnessing of the arrogant use of an expensive luxury vehicle with official military plates was deleted from Sina Weibo sometime before 1:36pm Hong Kong time on April 16, 2012. Guo Yukuan currently has just under 22,000 followers, according to numbers from Sina Weibo. [More on deleted posts at the WeiboScope Search, by the Journalism and Media Studies Centre].

Today is the weekend, and at the Minsu Temple in Luoyang, which was overflowing with people, and people were suddenly ordered around and berated, told to make way. It turned out this was for the mount [vehicle] of an old military official, the road cleared before him and a retinue following. As the crowd looked on, an attendant stood at the door, and a small old military official emerged. First, as a fan of Henan Opera [with which the temple is associated], they disturbed my aesthetic mood. Second, as a taxpayer, I felt out of sorts. And finally, as there was also a child [in the vehicle], I felt pained for unfortunate impact this kind of family would have on the child’s upbringing.

The post was accompanied by the following photo taken by Guo Yukuan.

The original Chinese post by Guo Yukuan follows:

今日是周末,洛阳民俗庙会人山人海,忽有马弁开道呵斥众人肃静回避,原来是一位军爷的坐骑,前有开道,后有扈从,众人侧目之际,侍从手挡车门,迎下的原来是一位小军爷。 一是作为豫剧爱好者,他们扰了我的雅兴。 二是作为纳税人,我很不爽。 三作为也有孩子的,我痛心这样的家庭对儿童成长不利。

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David Bandurski

CMP Director

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