Thursday, June 18, 2015

Baidu Censors Discussion of Historic Vote on Its Hong Kong Forum

At 4:30 pm on June 18, 2015, the state sponsored Global Times published an editorial entitled "Sad Moment for Hong Kong Democratic Process." (政改被否是香港反对派的历史之耻) Some excerpts: 
The Hong Kong Legislative Council on Thursday vetoed the reform proposal to elect the city's next leader, with 28 out of the 37 lawmakers who voted rejecting the plan, eight voting in favor, and one abstaining.
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It's a great regret that the reform proposal has been refused. However, it's not an embarrassment to the country, but a humiliation to the radical opposition camp. 
These screenshots were taken on the afternoon of June 18, and show that Baidu was deleting postings from its Hong Kong PostBar (Tieba 贴吧) forum discussing the outcome of the vote.
I Support You Hong Kong People, Better Nothing Than Fake Universal Suffrage 
Among our mainland Chinese leaders, only the village heads are directly elected. The rest of the senior leaders are all appointed by the Communist Party, so the corruption takes place among these leaders who have not thought for the people, because their promotions are not connected to the people, the people cannot appoint or dismiss them, and they can just commit all kinds of outrages, engaging in corruption. All they need do is kiss up to their superiors and they're set, which has led to severe corruption.
Hong Kong Reform a Slap in the Communist Party's Face 
The Communist Party thought it would pass overwhelmingly huh, who knew Hong Kong people are not as obedient as mainland Chinese people. 

Just like you said! Its going to be 8 votes in favor and 27, 28 votes against. This is the will of the people.

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