In lieu of posting any news about this disaster — which is widely available in English from any number of sources ((Among the less obvious ones, try following Western media correspondents on Twitter; many of them are on the ground and tweeting from Gansu. I find @melissakchan to be a particularly poignant source of info via Twitter.)) — I would like to repost some photos from Wang Keqin’s blog with translations of his captions. These photos were apparently taken by Wang himself, who is in Zhouqu covering the disaster.
Wang Keqin recently posted many photos from his trip to a rural Henan town. He was there investigating the AIDS situation, but found these slogans posted all over the town and thought they were interesting. He posted them, in his words, “so that people can understand the relationship between China and seeking audience with higher-ups [上访]”. For those who haven’t seen it before, the term “seeking audience with higher-ups” refers to traveling to Beijing or larger cities to report local government misdeeds to higher authorities. Here are some of Wang’s photos, with translations in the captions:
There are several other photos, as well as photos of these same slogans in different spots, at Wang Keqin’s site.
A few comments from the post:
Using public opinion to put pressure on those who report [things to higher authorities]
As soon as you see this you know it is very corrupt there…
Henan’s bad practices are shocking, and [it] has the habit of blowing [things] out of proportion, really needs reform…
If the people and those who report [to higher authorities] were allowed to make slogan posters, I would make these:
Attack illegal [handling of] complaints/reports, protect the interests of the people complaining!
Complaint departments mustn’t dispute over trifles, shift responsibility, or respond slowly!
Complaint departments must always have someone answering the phone, and that guy can’t say “the person responsible for this isn’t here”!
It’s forbidden to beat, threaten, or arrest those reporting complaints!
Realistically safeguard complainants physical safety and interests!
Respect those reporting complaints, protect social stability!
It’s forbidden for officials to cover up for each other or ignore the appeals of those reporting complaints!
Covering up for one another, responding slowly, and responding irrationally, will invariably result in removal from office!
UPDATE: These photos have been removed. Apologies. -ed.
Recently, there have been a fair number of photos on Ai Weiwei’s blog. And they aren’t of candles! Indeed, they’ve all been fairly interesting, so we’re going to post them here in case you missed them. We’ve ordered them from most recent to least recent, the titles are translations of the titles of his posts, which have no text, only photos.
Some of the photos document evidence of the people monitoring Ai Weiwei’s movements, some of them are more obvious expressions of defiance…
WARNING: Some of these photos may be NSFW/NSF people who don’t like seeing fat, middle-aged men more or less naked.
It’s getting bigger every day 6/08/09
[Security] Monitor 6/07/09
[There are lots of photos in this post, but they’re mostly the same so we’ve chosen a representative sample.]
Monitors, the guy in photo number 7?
[Again, some of these photos are repetitive, so we’re posting a sample. For the whole thing, go here.
Jump Again 6/05/08
[Our more, ahem, discerning readers will note that the thing Ai is holding in front of his, er, crotch is in fact the mythical Grass Mud Horse.]
Having Technical Difficulties 6/04/09
Photos from 15 Years Ago 6/4/09