This is a translation of this post from Ai Weiwei’s blog. If you aren’t familiar with the term Grass Mud Horse, go here. The links in this translation were added by us to provide some context for those that need it. There are no links in the original post.
The Party has limitless tests for people [to endure]: on the internet you’re “Green Dam‘ed”, in education you’re swindled, in news reports you’re deceived, the milk is poisoned, [if you] lose your job you might as well die, public buses are exploding, land is being stolen, houses are being demolished, children are being sold, miners are being buried, young girls are being raped, and whatever’s left gets “Public Safetyed”, “chengguaned”, “Joint Defensed”, “Public Securityed”, “stabilized”, or “mental healthed”.
If the people arrest someone for rape, that’s anti-China [he’s referring here to the Deng Yujiao case]. Children are crushed to death and if you ask about the quality of the buildings, that’s anti-China. Exposing the poison in our foods is anti-China. Common people who’ve been beaten and abused seeking an audience with higher authorities is also anti-China. Selling children, selling AIDS-infected blood, black [corrupt] coal pits, fake news, those who should be administering justice abusing it, widespread corruption, rights violations, internet censorship; all you need to do is ask a question for it to be anti-China. Are the people who aren’t “anti-China” even people?
If it’s something that’s for the sake of the public, it’s a case of “assembling people to cause trouble”. If it’s something for the sake of the country, it’s a storm of political turmoil. If something is obviously wrong, [those against it] have ulterior motives. If there are too many people who are upset, they are being incited and are unaware of the truth. If an international source criticizes [China], then it’s foreign anti-China powers. In sixty years, [I] have never seen a ballot. There isn’t education for everyone, there isn’t medical insurance, there’s no freedom of the press, there’s no freedom of speech, there’s no freedom of information, there’s no freedom to live and move where you choose, there’s no independent judiciary, there’s no one supervising public opinion*, there are no independent trade unions, there’s no armed forces that belongs to the nation**, there’s no protection of the constitution. All that’s left is a Grass Mud Horse.
*I assume that what he means by this is that no one is paying attention to what the public thinks about things and adjusting policy accordingly.
**I think he’s referring to the army being directly affiliated with the Party rather than the nation, but I’m not sure whether or not that’s true, can anyone verify?