On Monday in Shenzhen’s Longhua district, an aggrieved building contractor decided to protest for his rights (an act known as weiquan/维权) by unfurling banners from a building rooftop, along with stringing two dogs up by their necks.
The black banners read “Injustice-Return my market” (冤 还我市场) and “Death-Dogs are anxious and also jumping from buildings” (死 狗急也跳楼). The two dogs did not manage to survive their involvement in this unfortunate protest-as-performance art piece.
The contractor, surnamed Zeng (曾), had been unhappy with local authorities, who failed to provide him with information regarding whether or not his building would be demolished due to road construction, which apparently hampered his ability to collect 11 months’ worth of rent from his building’s principal tenants.
Though Zeng’s building was supposed to be demolished for road construction, authorities have stated the road is completed, and yet Zeng’s building remains standing.
So what were you thinking, Mr. Zeng? The best way to get people to see the injustice you’ve had to deal with was by what, getting a bunch of attention? If that was your thought process, then you succeeded. Nice one.
But we have to say that your methods are a little off-message, to say the least. There’s going to be a substantial audience that’s going to see your act as a total failure of metaphorical conjuring that comes off as inexplicable, cruel and backward. Something was severely lost in translation here.
It’s an over-the-top dick move that would probably be grounds for lynching in dog-loving parts of the world, Mr. Zeng. Whatever sympathy your situation might’ve deserved is squandered, though you could probably get some of it back by going the self-immolation route.
It’s also just a pure failure of logic. Why would a dog want to jump off a building because your guanxi sucks? You’re also getting your suicide acts crossed, because the dogs are hanging themselves, while also jumping from a building. Seriously, who does that?
The only way we could possibly spin this in your favor is to say that perhaps you became distressed enough that you lost the ability to make good decisions and think clearly, and that you were desperate for someone to notice. A cry for help, regardless of how little sense the specific plea for attention made.
Get a weibo account, Mr. Zeng, if you don’t already have one. You’ll find out pretty quickly that being inhumane to dogs and animals in general is so last century.