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Ministry of Truth: Merchant Killed by Chengguan

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The following  instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. Chinese journalists and bloggers often refer to these instructions as “.”

State Council Information Office: All websites are asked to remove from their homepages the story of the melon grower beaten to death by in Linwu County, Chenzhou City, Province. Do not make special topic pages, and do not post video or images. Delete any such previous posts. (July 18, 2013)

国新办:请各网站将湖南郴州市临武县城管打死瓜农一事撤下首页,不做专题,不要发视频和图片,已经发的一律删除。

Deng Zhengjia, a watermelon seller, was beaten to death by city management officials (chengguan) on Wednesday. Locals protected his body from being taken by authorities, leading to clashes with the police. Keywords related to the incident are among the top ten Weibo topics: “Linwu” (临武) is fourth, followed by “melon grower ’s daughter” (瓜农邓正加女儿) and “chengguan beat melon grower to death” (城管打死瓜农). A Weibo discussion page about the incident is still accessible as of posting.

Chengguan, who operate separately from the police, are notorious for their violent treatment of street vendors.

Ministry of Truth: Merchant Killed by Chengguan
Deng Zhengjia’s wife wailing over her dead husband. (Weibo)
Ministry of Truth: Merchant Killed by Chengguan
Deng’s son and daughter mourn over their father’s coffin. (Zhou Qingshu/Beijing News)
Ministry of Truth: Merchant Killed by Chengguan
Deng Zhengjia was beaten to death by chengguan on Wednesday. (Weibo)

Ministry of Truth: Merchant Killed by Chengguan
Bloody clashes with police erupted in Linwu, Hunan Province after Deng’s death. (Weibo)
Ministry of Truth: Merchant Killed by Chengguan
A man injured in clashes with police. (Weibo)
Ministry of Truth: Merchant Killed by Chengguan
Keywords on Deng’s murder are among the top ten Weibo topics as of posting. (Weibo)

CDT has collected the selections we translate here from a variety of sources and has checked them against official Chinese media reports to confirm their implementation.

Since directives are sometimes communicated orally to journalists and editors, who then leak them online, the wording published here may not be exact. The original publication date on CDT Chinese is noted after the directives; the date given may indicate when the directive was leaked, rather than when it was issued. CDT does its utmost to verify dates and wording, but also takes precautions to protect the source.

Ministry of Truth: Merchant Killed by Chengguan
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