On July 20, 2013, a man identified in Chinese media as Ji Zhongxing detonated a homemade bomb in the Beijing International Airport. Ji, who claimed that he had been paralyzed in 2005 after a brutal attack by guards, had sought justice unsuccessfully for years. Ji’s act of violence prompted some soul-searching in China’s media and on the internet. Many said they understood Ji’s anger, and that violence was bred by growing inequality combined with an ineffective justice system. Wu Qiang, a political scientist at Tsinghua University said desperate acts like Ji’s “are the ultimate acts by those at the bottom of society who are unable to find justice.” [SEE ALSO: “Why a Reporter Feels Sympathy for an Airport Bomber.”] In the above cartoon, posted by “cartoon hobbyist” Li Yongqiu (李永秋) to Sina Weibo, a helpless lamb is pushed to a cliff’s edge, pursued by a pack of vicious wolves. As he awaits certain death, the lamb’s wordless dread gradually transforms over his head into a massive grenade, the fuse burning. The cartoon is called: How Bombs are Forged (炸弹是怎样炼成的).

David Bandurski

CMP Director

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