By Erik Crouch
While it’s common enough to see protests against officials (see: sex, nail houses, and the generally offensive) residents of Datong, Shanxi, have been protesting in favor of their mayor, Geng Yanbo. Geng has been mayor of Datong since 2008, but was unexpectedly ordered to step down on Friday, for reasons unknown.
South China Morning Post reports:
Some residents claim they have gathered as many as 10,000 signatures on one of their banners. Dozens of residents then knelt and chanted: “Mayor Geng, please come back, Datong is your home.” […] Datong news centre director Gu Shengming said several officials even wept during Geng’s farewell party. “I was also having a hard time, simply because Geng was such a fine mayor,” Gu added.
Authorities have not released any information regarding Geng’s dismissal, but recent experience makes one hope for either a sex tape or tale of international intrigue.