Planet China

The write stuff

This column reported last week how a Chinese couple in Jiangxi’s Nanchang spent their wedding night handwriting the Chinese Communist Party’s constitution (see WiC325).

The activity seems to have caught on across the country as more Party members answered the call to show their loyalty and hand-copy the 15,000-word charter.

This week internet users found images, for example, of soldiers doing the handwriting exercise before lunch. Some Party units also showed their enthusiasm by posting photos of their entire handwritten manuscripts on social media.

However, what caught particular attention were photos showing a group of construction workers copying out the Party constitution. What was significant: they were sitting at desks (wearing safety helmets) in front of a local courthouse. It was, in fact, a planned demonstration organised by Min Saifeng, the manager of a local developer to protest against the enforced auctioning of the company’s property. Min said the sale is unlawful and the judicial official responsible for the decision should study the Party constitution to become a “qualified Communist”. But copying the Party charter didn’t spare Min from punishment. After the PR exercise she was subsequently sentenced to a 10-day detention for hiring protestors and “disturbing the order of public institutions”.


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