School Forces Students To Participate in Forced Demolition

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From KDNET:

Guiyang Forces 2500 Middle School Students Falsely Dressed As SWAT Police to Participate in Forced Demolition

Guiyang government stated: “2013 October 12, over 2500 people from the Guanshanhu District municipal law enforcement, public security, etc. participated in the demolition of 51 illegal buildings at Jinghua Village, with a total demolished area of 72,243 square meters.

In the 2500-person forced demolition army, the vast majority were local middle school students, who were forced to wear black SWAT police uniforms in order to look like SWAT police were participating in the forced demolition. Some students even wore military training uniforms to appear as public security officers.

The students say they were under orders from the school’s leaders, and they could not refuse.

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Comments on KDNET:

heilvwangzi:

Compared to sending real SWAT police, this saved a lot of money.

天心阁:

This reminded me of the Red Guards back in the days

famei:

Shameless government official corruption.

一家仨胖子:

Sheep in wolf’s clothing, poor sheep.

河边走:

The era of mass demolition.

海的南边:

What kind of country is this? Is this a legitimate government in power or a band of criminals in power?

只要人人都献:

Whose lousy idea was this, even taking the students hostage! Killing the school principal and education department chief [for this] wouldn’t be too extreme!

黑暗睡眠精灵:

When I was in the police academy, there were many such “events/activities”, although not doing things like this, haha. Some people would volunteer for it.

紫狼星主:

Where did the uniforms come from? Posing as police is illegal, wearing fake uniform is also illegal. If these were costumes, then who footed the bill?

From Sina Weibo:

@网易新闻客户端: Guiyang School Accused of Ordering Students to Pose as SWAT Police in Forced Demolition, Responds Claiming It is Just a False Rumor: Previously, Hong Kong media reports claimed that Guiyang students posed as SWAT police during a forced demolition. Recently, reports about “Guiyang Guihang Technical School Forces 2500 Middle School Students Falsely Dressed As SWAT Police to Participate in Forced Demolition” have been circulating on the internet. Today, Guihang Technical School made a announced that the school did not compel students to participate in the forced demolition and reserves the right to seek seek legal prosecution against the rumor-monger. http://t.cn/zRtEtJU

The school in question made a public statement responding to the story and images circulating online claiming that it is a false rumor framing the school by attaching its name to unrelated photographs. The statement denied the school forced students to participate in the forced demolition, “much less the accusation of dispatching 2500 of them”; called on the school’s teachers, students, and employees to vigorously defend the school’s reputation; and that the school reserves the right to pursue legal prosecution against the individuals or organizations spreading the rumor.

A representative for the school said students at the school may participate in community service events/activities but the school “certainly” did not participate in this activity.

UPDATE:

Guiyang 837 College Students Temporarily Transferred to Participate in Demolition of Illegal Buildings, Paid 80 Yuan for Half-Day

According to the above titled news article published earlier today on NetEase and syndicated from Xinhua, the Guiyang city government has confirmed that 837 of the 2671 total people organized were college and university students recruited from nearby, and has also called the individuals and organizations who initially denied the existence of students participating in the demolition of illegal buildings “irresponsible” for “not sufficiently verifying the facts”.

At present, the Guiyang Municipal Party Committee and municipal government have already tasked the relevant departments with launching procedures for apportioning blame against the responsible departments and individuals.

Several government officials involved have been removed from their positions.

According to an investigation by a reporter for the newspaper The Beijing News, recruiting students has become a common practice in large-scale demolition projects in Guiyang. One student who wished to remain anonymous says she and her classmates have already participated in six such projects over the past five months, including the one reported above. The number of students range from as low as a hundred to over a thousand, with the average pay being 80 RMB with an additional 10 RMB as the starting point for overtime.

The recruitment notices students respond to typically describe a “large event” or “assembly” that needs people for “maintaining security”. While many first-timers only realize it is for demolition of buildings after being bused to the site, students over time have come to associate “maintaining security” with maintaining order at the scene of forced demolitions where residents may pose violent resistance. Reportedly, without any self-defense training or weapons, the students are instructed not to get involved should any actual violence occur.

It turns out, the recruitment of students may involve four levels of sub-contracting. The city government contracts the security work to a local security company. Then the security company apparently notifies a man who has recruited student recruiters. It is the student recruiters who in turn spread the recruitment notices amongst the student body and themselves earn a margin over the 80 RMB paid to the student participants. Each level takes a cut. Still, the job is seen as attractive by the participating students given that most other part-time jobs offer lower pay and often much more actual work. “Maintaining security” only requires them to “stand, squat, or even find a tree to sit under.”

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  • Claude

    When are the Chicoms going to realize that every blunder winds up online to only embarrass themselves and show the world what monsters they are? Ultimately it breeds even more dissension towards the state and that inevitability leads to protests if not riots.

    Turn on your government because your government has turned on you.

  • Probotector

    A desperate attempt at a show of force?

    • David

      This is what it looks like. I don’t see any of the kids actually doing the demolition (THAT would be weird) but maybe as a show of force to intimidate the local populace so they don’t cause trouble? That is only a guess. On the flip side it is a neat field trip where the kids got to go outside, dress up and practice group activities (maybe picking up bricks for re-use?).

      • Repatriated

        What they should do is dress them all up like that, give them a 5-gallon bucket and force them to go pick up trash until the bucket is filled…twice. Might actually teach them something?

    • TheSOP

      Yea what would they have done if a peasant to a hoe to one of those kids skulls like that chengguan got not too long ago?

    • Riddler

      If this is a show of force, Japan must be giggling its ass off.

  • biggj

    Lord Vader, this is an unexpected pleasure. We are honored by your presence…
    Darth Vader: You may dispense with the pleasantries, Official. I’m here to put you back on schedule.
    Official: I assure you, Lord Vader. My men are working as fast as they can.
    Darth Vader: Perhaps I can find new ways to motivate them.

    Official:The President’s coming here?
    Darth Vader: That is correct, official. And, Xi Jinping is most displeased with your apparent lack of progress.
    Official: We shall double our efforts.
    Darth Vader: I hope so, Commander, for your sake. The President is not as forgiving as I am.

    • firebert5

      I suppose this answers the age-old question of “Who would win in a fight: Darth Vader or the floating officials?”

      • biggj

        Maybe all 3 officials together might be able to give darth vader a run….but I think the 3 officials are more the like chinese accent guys from star wars. lol Just sneaking bastards haha,.

        • Probotector

          Good old fashioned family racism

        • mr.wiener

          Those were Japanese accents.

        • Repatriated

          Step aside, officials! General “Jabba the Mao” is in da house!

          • Riddler

            Ja Ja Bings be da housemaster tho’

          • Probotector

            This guy is the personification of nepotism.

          • mr.wiener
          • Probotector

            Mao Xinyu

          • TheSOP

            USA did them a favor killing off one of Mao’s sons in Korea (actually it was a South African bomber perhaps), China’s gene pool is a better place thanks to America!

          • Probotector

            Not really. I mean, look at him. Plus, he’s the son of Mao Anqing, who was a schizophrenic.

          • 二奶头发

            All he needs is a hookah. And that guy with the Tentacle hair in the background translating.

          • Repatriated

            I’m sure he could sort a hookah quick. He’d just have to make a call to:

          • Repatriated

            Haha.

        • Warlock

          Your avatar is strangely annoying, dont know why

    • Ricky Beijing

      Man I was missing those guys, needed a good laugh this morning!!

    • Boris

      From the top picture I thought it was ‘Attack of the Clones’. Talk about cut from the same cloth!

    • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

      Sounds legit.

    • Repatriated

      Drone cloning. Might as well get them used to the idea of marching into a factory to assemble iPhones now…regardless of how long they decide to mooch off the parents while furthering their educations in IT fields…that are ridiculously saturated in China now.

    • 二奶头发

      LOL! and in the next scene Lord Vader is choking one of the floating officials with his jedi powers :-)

  • Rei Yu Tian

    what use is demolishing these houses but then building up a town that will be vacant because the general populace can’t afford them?

    If only the government officials did not “accept” money from construction contractors.

    China’s construction contractors are the same as America’s military contractors.

    Both lobbying for war/new construction projects.

    In the end the government fucks its own people over extra pocket change, shame really.

    • willie miller

      Totally agree and in each case its difficult to see where the government ends and the construction contractors/military contractors begin.

      • Rei Yu Tian

        Where can I find a government that serve the people instead of the highest bidder?

        I wish humanity wasn’t so flawed, greed runs deep, it’s human nature.

        • RickyBeijing

          Switzerland, Austria, Germany would be good starts, those guys know what’s goin on.

          • David

            Your kidding right? No insult against the Swiss, Austrians or Germans.

          • GermanExpat

            Dunno about Austria (haven’t lived there [yet]) and Switzerland (haven’t lived here long enough), but Ricky is definitely wrong about Germany. The leading party there just received a big donation from some BMW shareholders to block a law for more strict regulations to prevent air pollutions for new cars … and they even didn’t try to hide this.

            Here at least the students got a share of it.

          • Stefan Xu

            Sweden too.

        • Stefan Xu

          Sweden

          • hess

            Indeed, lagen om offentlig upphandling pretty much makes it impossible for corruption to exist

        • Riddler

          China?

    • Luca Siciliano

      is it possible that one of the criteria that makes a house ‘illegal’ is also that it is built unsafely? In some instances, particularly in seismically active areas it is better to take something down than to have a safety contingency to resolve during critical events; especially if you are planning for growth.
      By and large, the layperson is unsympathetic to decision makers, particularly in such an instance.

      • David

        I am not sure about this case but in the past what made some houses (and whole villages) “illegal” was that some developer like the location and paid some party official a lot of money to get rid of the all the hicks living there. When the people were gone and the buildings knocked down, the developer built the mall he wanted.

  • lonetrey / Dan

    Have everyone hold onto their uniforms!

    Next time they riot, the crowd will have the SWAT team on their side!

    • slob

      SWAT vs SWAT, I like that. Until one side pulls out legitimate weapons and the other pulls out GaoKao practice papers.

      • Joey

        The gaokao is mightier than the dao.

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  • slob

    ChiNazism.

    • chosan

      Transformers director attacked by ‘zombie’ triad wielding aircon unit

      Michael Bay calls police after brothers demand HK$100,000 to shoot scene in Quarry Bay

      PUBLISHED : Thursday, 17 October, 2013, 8:15pm

      UPDATED : Friday, 18 October, 2013, 8:54am

      Clifford Lo clifford.lo@scmp.com

      American director and producer Michael Bay was injured
      yesterday in an attack by a suspected triad member in Quarry Bay during
      filming of his latest Transformers movie.

      It followed an attempt to extort HK$100,000 from his Paramount Pictures crew.

      Two brothers, aged 27 and 28, approached Bay on the set at
      8.30am as the crew prepared to shoot a scene from Transformers: Age of
      Extinction in a ground-floor open space behind the Fook Cheong Building
      in King’s Road.

      The older brother, a technician, uses a ground-floor shop in the area as his office.

      Michael Bay (far left) shoots a scene featuring Candice Zhao
      in Quarry Bay. Photo: K.Y. Cheng”The younger brother was accused of
      moving goods in and out of the shop and walking around in the area to
      cause disruption,” a police source said.

      The brothers, who also put some bricks on the ground to cause
      obstruction, claimed the shooting was affecting their business and
      demanded HK$100,000 compensation.

      • Warlock

        Bullies and gangs, HK is a lawless place where the corrupt and wicked have taken over. You stupid hong kong, you need a return to real rule of law.

    • TheSOP

      Not Nazis, when you look at CCP controlled China it is really just a cult far below Falun Gong and Scientology, but instead of LRon they have a fat balding STD infested pedophile Mao as their “Helmsman”. And then they wonder why people take the piss out of their country?!

      • mr.wiener

        Are you so blind you can’t see things to criticize in the West as well?
        Ever read the fairy tale “The Snow Queen”? You have a sliver of the negativity mirror lodged in your eye.

        • Probotector

          I think his argument is that Chinese blindly follow the teachings of someone as ruthless/perverse/destructive as Mao, and this is something no westerner would do.

          • mr.wiener

            No Westerner?….Our history of the last century give me pause on that statement. Even now the extra judicial hanky panky going on in the state that holds itself up to be an example to the world is worrying me, even more so in that there is not a hue a cry about it, more a muted grumble.
            My main beef with SOP is that he is becoming a mirror image of The guy he is arguing with, every bit as blind to argument , pedantic and repetitive.

          • ex-expat

            Well let’s take Hitler for example. Sure he was “blindly followed,” but look how the Germans see Hitler now. It is far different from the way Mao is perceived in China. Granted there are those that do not see him in such a positive light, but you know what I mean.
            China bashing is something that really doesn’t bother me at all. I spent enough time living in the country to speak the language and to understand it to a point where I have zero respect for the culture. Sure there are nice people and what not, but as a whole the country sucks.
            It’s interesting seeing foreigners defend China/Chinese though. They certainly don’t give a damn about you.

          • Kai

            Hitler isn’t the only example though and the victors write the history books controlling their legacies. What if Hitler had won? How might Germans see him now if the war had the other way?

            How Mao is pereceived in China has changed over time. I think you actually understand this if you stop to think about it. That’s really what is important, that views can be influenced and changed. It’s never truly static and permanent.

          • ex-expat

            That’s true but it is what it is. Nothing is static and permanent. The real question is will China ever be able to denounce Mao? And if so, how will that affect the country’s development?

          • Kai

            I think China has become more critical in its evaluation of Mao over time, and being able to acknowledge the man’s mistakes and faults in addition to whatever he is credited with accomplishing is what’s more important and meaningful to the country’s development. He’s gone from a deified cult of personality to at least 70/30, right?

          • ex-expat

            I agree that China has become more critical. 70/30 is progress no doubt, I guess it’s just a matter of how far it will go.

          • Kai

            Awareness and criticism of Mao’s faults and mistakes go far in China depending on the circle. Academics and historians are plenty honest and objective in general.

            What I think most of us are thinking about is when the average mainland Chinese person will be as conscious of or open about Mao’s faults and mistakes, and when–or whether–we’ll see the official government distance itself further from the figure of Mao. The thing is, Mao is dead. All he is now is a political tool, and there is rarely honesty to be found in political tools, only efficacy.

            Whether we like it or not, Mao was the founder of the current state of China, a person who commanded enough favor and thus power from the people to wrest control of the country from the previous government. People followed him because he offered and delivered enough for them to do so. So long as the current government traces itself back to him and that “legitimacy”, he’ll remain a figure who won’t be fully denounced or completely disavowed.

            But governments (or rather, the people that make up the government) can change, evolve, even peacefully so, and we may see less homage paid to Mao over time as what he symbolizes changes, or becomes less relevant or useful to a changing society. Unfortunately for those who don’t look fondly on Mao, he’s still widely seen and presented in China as someone who championed the disenfranchised and downtrodden, who brought about changes that actually resulted in improvements to enough people’s lives and expectations.

            The popular image and role of Mao, in China, will be a lot easier to change (if one wants to) as generations pass and subsequent generations simultaneously depend less on their ties to him and increasingly aspire to make their own mark in China’s history.

            I think Mao will ultimately be just another leader/ruler in China’s long history, the victor of a civil war who stood for certain things and made his mark. A few people will mentally amuse themselves with alternate histories but Mao will ultimately have little relevance with the problems of the day because you can only go so far in blaming the problems of the day on the past before you realize those very problems exist because the people of the day allow them to.

          • Probotector

            Not without denouncing the party and getting rid of all those Communist emblems, even Russia hasn’t quite gotten rid of all of theirs yet. Plus, I don’t see a Chinese Gorbachev coming along anytime soon.

          • Warlock

            even Russia hasn’t quite gotten rid of all of theirs yet

            Very true.

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Transnistria

            The in dispute republic has a very soviet flag still.

            http://www.vectorfree.com/aeroflot-russian-logo

            Aeroflot still uses the old soviet symbol

            http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/09/24/russia.stalin.controversy/index.html

            Stalin slogan back on the moscow metro. And didnt putin change the russian anthem to be based on the soviet anthem, same music, different lyrics?

          • Probotector

            What did they say to you or what did you hear them say that made you feel this way?

        • TheSOP

          Honestly I can take the piss out of the West all day, and as a matter of fact I do, just not on a site called ChinaSmack.

          • mr.wiener

            Have you ever considered a more balanced approach?

          • TheSOP

            I do depending on the situation and people involved. See my discussion with Linnette on China and South East Asia.

          • Probotector

            Well, the site is about China, and to be fair, all the stories as of late (apart from the pop songs) portray China quite negatively. Have you guys ever considered a more balanced approach?

          • mr.wiener

            I’m not responsible for the stories, they are picked as they are the top trending topics being discussed by Chinese netizins, interesting that they are getting more negative don’t you think?

            SOP comes here to bash China and thus in a reflection of Newtonian physics we get his goodevil twin “white panties”. I’m suggesting if he were to moderate his opinions and not mention Mao and his dental hygiene/sexual peccadilloes in 60% of his posts maybe they could find some common ground.
            I’m not asking that we all join hands and sing “Kumbaya my lord”.

        • hess

          “Are you so blind you can’t see things to criticize in the West as well?” “West” We’re gonna compare a single country to a fuckload of different ones? And whats up starting an argument with someone taking up the fucked up mao worshiping?

  • 用开水烫我!

    this is ridiculous and funny!hahaha!
    i got my hukou back to village,i was quite happy,but latter the village head asked everyone to give up village hukou,at last the whole village could not keep village hukou any more.nowadays,who need city hukou?i was a bit mad at this.

    • Boris

      Why is it funny? We don’t know many details about the houses, but it’s quite possible some folks lost their homes. Do you say things just to get on people’s tits?

      • Probotector

        It’s just her mind poured out onto the internet.

        • Rick in China

          Good explanation. It’s usually just a bunch of drivel with a little bit of mockery and meanness thrown in – then people are like “wtf does that even mean” or some other mystified / “shut up” type comment, and that’s quickly replied to with a string of swears/insults which again, don’t make sense. Kind of amusing to watch the meltdowns that occur daily though :D

    • Middle_Kingdum

      What is “hukou”? Is it your ass? So you say “I got my ass back to village”?

      • David

        Hukou is the family record of registration. I am not an expert but in general It tells where you are born (and other things like who your family is) and is very important to Chinese people. In the past many wanted to have one which says they were from a particulate city because of some advantage they receive (a girls family may want her to marry a guy from Shanghai, for instance so their grandchildren will be registered in his families Hukou from Shanghai). They are also important for things like getting a passport and going to University. What it seems she is saying is they were being forced to give up their Hukou but she was able to keep hers from her village and she did not want one from a city (please correct me if this is not what you meant as it was a little confusing) which is contrary to the modern trend of trying to get one from a big city..

        • Rick in China

          I saw something on the news about people from particular places being offered free housing if their salary is below a certain amount (like <20k/yr), maybe it has something to do with that. Hukou in different places has different types of benefit. Sometimes it's a lot easier to get certain types of paperwork done in smaller towns than big cities, too…

        • Middle_Kingdum

          Okay. Thanks for making that clear.

      • Zappa Frank

        it’s the proof that she’s just a nongmin gone to shanghai, she’s just a sort of work immigrant and this explain a lot about her mind and how polluted river in countryside can have bad effect if used as source of drinking water

        • 用开水烫我!

          do not write to me!
          roll away as far as you can!at least i never hide i am from village.fuck off, snob dog!

          • mr.wiener

            Darling , I’ll make a deal with you. If you keep your language nice. I’ll tell these guys to leave you alone. If they don’t it is trolling and I will moderate their comments.
            Do we have a deal?

          • David

            Good because this baiting and insulting and swearing is getting old.

          • Zappa Frank

            even if she’ll keep her language nice her comments and considerations are usually racist and offensive. Not talking about her way to reply “do not talk to me! you arab/hairy beast/ and so on…”

          • Zappa Frank

            oh.. and tell me, do you think i’ll not write to you because you order it? besides i did not write to you. It’s not my fault if your river was heavy polluted…

          • Warlock

            Dont you like money and free dinners?

          • 用开水烫我!

            at least 10 times better than most of men looking for sex day and night online.let alone those snob dogs.after used girl,turn back insult you poor.
            snob dog,open your eyes read well,do not ever disturb again.

          • Warlock

            What on earth are your rambling about now?

        • Middle_Kingdum

          Not very nice, but funny.

          • Zappa Frank

            yes i agree, she’ s funny, maybe not intentionally, but if we can’t play with her the fun is over…..

      • 用开水烫我!

        fuck off!

        • Middle_Kingdum

          I apologize for my offensive comment, Bunny.

    • TheSOP

      Only funny in a pathetic backward kind of way… kinda like you!

      • 用开水烫我!

        do not write to me.you should have no face to write to me if you really have a bit dignity.i wonder what forward way you have,at least i am not a snob.
        do not make me insult you again!
        fuck off!

        • TheSOP

          你有面子吗?我看不起来…

          • 用开水烫我!

            listen!

            i already leave you alone,can you just do the same?
            i do not wanna insult you already,i just do not care.what the fuck i did to you that you have to always disturb?
            no ear?or just no rich one give you a fuck then come here splash your anger just because i am poor?i do not wanna waste one min on a snob again already.

          • Nessquick Choco

            You … Again ? control your words. Can you , baby ?

          • 用开水烫我!

            i do not know you,go away!
            i just wish this snob hide up forever.

          • 用开水烫我!

            yes,for a snob dog as you,only these girls have a rich daddy have face.die early,snob dog!

          • Elijah

            I’m guessing that “snob” was today’s word in the Word-a-Day Calendar next to the Kermit plushie?

            Good for you for learning new things!

  • Boris

    ‘A representative for the school said students at the school may participate in community service events/activities but the school ‘certainly’ did not participate in this activity.’ Community service events? Like shopping for the elderly? Egg and spoon race for charity? It’s a very fishy statement. It also implies the school authorities agree with the moral standpoint of the demolition, suggesting either: ‘we use the students for positive social events, but this wasn’t one of them’ or ‘we use the students as a rent-a-mob for dubious causes but you’re not pinning this one on us’.

  • B*tches, Leave

    Dear ChinaSmack team, please create an article about http://www.tdzyw.com/2013/1016/32586.html
    I beg you!!! The “flame war” will end with this story :)

    • xiaode

      Nice….

    • Kai

      That’s hella fucked up.

      • David

        Thanks for the “freebee” Kai (a little bit of a joke because, of course, they are all free). I guess I should have said “thanks for the quickie” it just sounded so wrong in my head.

        • Riddler

          Which head? :-)

    • Middle_Kingdum

      What’s going on there? Can you give us a quick translation?

      • Germandude

        Rumors were spread that while the American jumped into the river, his phone and wallet were stolen. This caused some anger online but was corrected after the American guy said that nothing was stolen.

        The second I heard about the rumors, I was wondering why would somebody that goes jogging (and wearing sports clothes like he did at the time), take a wallet and a mobile phone with him?

        Pretty bad try if you ask me.

        • Rick in China

          Phone: Music

          Wallet: Water
          It’s a good idea to carry some type of identification or cash or something on you most anytime you go outside here, no?

          • Warlock

            A phone should not be for music, but that is just me. Can anyone tell me plainly what is the point of an iphone, never owned or wanted to own one, and probably never will, but what justifies the 5,280 yuan price tag?!?

          • Rick in China

            I don’t get why a phone shouldn’t be for music. You prefer carrying several devices – what, a walkman and some tapes?

            The purpose of having a single device that accomplishes many of your digital needs is that you don’t have to carry several things around with you – don’t have to have several chargers (or in your case, extra batteries :)) and don’t have to manage several interfaces. You don’t need to spend 5280 yuan, first of all, it’s not that expensive overseas, and if you sign up to a contract you can lower that price. Or, you can buy an old one – like an iPhone 4, for something like 2000? 2500? and it pretty much functions equally well for most uses.

            That being said, the same argument could be made for anything in the world — “Why do those moreschis cost $5k yuan? They’re just shoes!” Because they’re hand made italian classics dog!

          • Warlock

            I’m just of a device should be what it is intended for, if that makes me a luddite or old school, then so be it, it affects me, not you. Nothing personal by the by. You seem like a personable chap to me.
            I dislike contracts, but teach to their own, much like those store cards tracking what you buy, no time for them!!!

            Good luck with the move to Canada with your wife…how is that going?

          • linette lee

            Most of these smart phones can store like thousand songs in very good quality sound. And the phone is small. I love my iphone. I can’t live without it. I use it for night light when I can’t see the door key hole. I use it for music, camera, video, alarm clock, calender reminder, note pad, internet, GPS, compass, almost everything….all in one tiny little phone. :)

          • Warlock

            A fair point linette. I just am of the persuasion a phone is a phone, as long is it can make calls and text it is good enough. I am an audiophile so listening to music through a phone with tinny sounding earphones is not for me, sennheiser noise cancelling headphones and a laptop with a decent audio card is better. An mp3 player would do for out and about. I just want a simple small phone i can carry around with good battery life….and iphones cant do that sadly.

          • loki

            I say: Use a device for what it is intended to be used for. Smart phones were intended to be used as such. You have to carry around a device why not have it do everything for you and make your life simpler in the mean time. Sennheiser earphones are only so so and plugged into a phone or a newer mp3 player will do just as well if not better than most computers these days. (that is what newer phones are designed to do)
            Hell, my phone plays HD 1080p 3d movies on my 65 inch sony 3d tv through hdmi and it is incredible. Depending on encoding and file size it can be just as good as a bluray. So yeah playing a high bit rate mp3 hmmm no problem.. so yeah buy a phone try the phone then you’ll understand why people use the phones.
            P.S. iPhone sucks, there are real marvels of technology out there try the galaxy s4.

    • Probotector

      Why do foreigners have to humiliate the Chinese people so much? If he hadn’t jumped into the river, showing off, trying to play the hero, then these Chinese brothers would not have felt so compelled to steal his stuff. You make Chinese people look guilty, but you laowai bring this upon yourselves. Get out!

      Sarcasm detector off the scale!

      • willie miller

        Listen, its obvious that those people who took his things knew that the laowai would be very tired from swimming so much and that if he put his backpack on straight after his exertions then the extra weight might cause him to die from exhaustion. In fact its probably a fact that the laowai would have died if those people hadn’t sensibly and compassionately removed his belongings.

        • Probotector

          Surely a glass of hot water would have saved him.

    • Claude

      That guy is f*ing awesome! Did he dive from that distance? He should get an award.

    • TheSOP

      Yea well this one time, in America, there was this Chinese guy and he jumped into a river and like totally saved an American girl. Here let me link to 10 different articles that may or may not have anything to do with the story. Oh and whites killed Native Americans. I’m fenqing bot, feed me sanlu please.

  • In.utero.electroporation

    This kind of education won’t help these students to become caring and compassionate adults.

    • Middle_Kingdum

      Of course, this kind of education will promote a most harmonious society for the dear motherland!

    • Probotector

      Being compassionate causes a loss of face.

  • narsfweasels

    Hey, Uncle Xi, how is that Anti-Corruption campaign working out for ya?

    • Probotector

      Well he made a directive telling everyone not to waste food.

      • narsfweasels

        THANK THE LORD! It’s good to know Uncle Xi is not totally divorced from reality and is OUT THERE DOING GOOD!

    • TheSOP

      Just like Ucle Mao’s Great Leap Forward, did you hear how under Mao one hectare of Chinese land put out enough wheat to feed a small country? True story, and no body starved. But if some Chinese did starve it was totally the Americans fault for putting up an embargo or something. Think happy thoughts, harmonious thoughts, I am fenqing bot, feed me sanlu.

    • Riddler

      I would imagine that in China, as most countries, yes, even in our western countries, corruption is NOT the crime.

      Getting caught and publicly is the crime.

  • YourSupremeCommander

    And they thought they were participating in this years Halloween parade.

  • TheSOP

    Well in another era those young SWAT girls could have been serving as Mao’s sexual slaves, infected with STDs by the fat balding pedophile Helmsman. So if you don’t think China is advancing you haven’t been paying attention. Now even a humble school principle in China can engage in such acts showing that socialism with Chinese characteristics is truly cutting edge. You westerners just don’t understand China, it is too complex for your simple barbarian minds.

    “Mao never bathed or even washed his hands or face. Dr. Li says that during the day his bodyguards went into the room and wiped his body, his hands and his face with hot towels. He never brushed his teeth, which Dr. Li says were coated with a green patina. Mao’s habit, shared by many peasants in China, was to wash his mouth in the morning with tea and then to eat the tea leaves. When, once, Dr. Li suggested to him that he should use a toothbrush, Mao’s reply was, “A tiger never brushes his teeth.””

    • mr.wiener

      In another era…..We’d all be something else, quite often something we wouldn’t like.

      • TheSOP

        I’d be a red guard, ideologically and pathologically adhering the the Maoist line. Simpler more idealistic times.

        • mr.wiener

          Then why the critic and the rehash of Mao’s dental hygiene and sexual proclivities?

    • Warlock

      Fat and filthy and yet, no mention of Lei Feng, a true hero.

    • maybeabanana
  • TheSOP

    I honestly cant differentiate these kids from the PLA regulars, they seem to be about the same level. This is why the JSDF, USAF, USN, and USMC can’t take the PLA seriously, there might be a million of them but they pretty much are only good at singing propaganda songs (while their offspring run around raping women and beating up older couples) or jumping around in the snow in displays of what appear to be attempts at “manliness”.

    • mr.wiener

      The PLA has special forces too and they are not to be taken lightly.

      Seriously you need to kick the China-bashing down from “11”, it’s getting real old real fast.

      • Probotector

        Actually, their special forces aren’t that well trained, compared to those in NATO.

        • mr.wiener

          Be careful you don’t fall victim to one of most well known classic blunders.
          [slightly better known than: Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line].

        • TheSOP

          I don’t know, I heard they can take out Tibetan herdsmen pretty effectively. And protesters in squares don’t stand a chance. After all the PLA is mostly for crushing internal dissent, they haven’t fared so well against external foes.

          Seriously though if you ever watch CCTV 军事 you’d be excused for laughing at some of the crap that passes as training in the PLA.

          • Riddler

            SAS of the UK. Nuff said.

        • Deft

          Untrue. Since 2010, Chinese special forces have ben sweeping the awards at the international warrior competitions and sniper awards.

          This isn’t real world combat testing, but nonetheless… Hubris precedes a fall!

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People%27s_Liberation_Army_Special_Operations_Forces

      • hess

        I had 5 Swedish friends visiting me last year, and when we were at the train station we saw a bunch of soldiers and they asked me why the fuck those nerds were dressed in military clothes? I told them that those were indeed PLA soldiers and my friends just laughed their asses off.

  • 5,000 years of uncivilization

    Guiyang looks a lot like Shandong… a vast wasteland. This news isn’t so surprising. I remember some students in Qingdao being absent from school the day the Chinese government recruited students to protest against Japan. Which is worse?

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  • Agus Dwikarna

    All the pictures need is the students upholding little red books…

    • Riddler

      Agreed.

  • MrC

    Well anyway can wear a uniform in China it seems. i just ignore them all now.

  • Riddler

    I suppose this will look great on their CV’s when they apply for their first job.

  • ha

    Chinese schools do a lot fucking stupid shit

  • Alphy

    Asking students to dress up as police and put then put them in harms way, hmm that doesn’t seem unethical at all. And then when the truth breaks out, let’s call it a rumor! Who really believes that the schools have no idea hundreds of their students are being recruited for these events? Someone is obviously getting a cut of the profit.

    These force demolition wouldn’t be forced if there are good private ownership laws and enforcement. Instead of giving ownership to those already living on the land, Government official just sell the land to developers without consent. You see the same story over and over in rural China because they can get away with it. I am surprise there are not more large scale conflicts because of this.

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