A pair of bureaucrats from Hunan are apparently vying for the title of China’s Most Disgusting Officials (goddamn, is there a lot of competition) and may have cinched the win with these photos in which they torment and mock a cancer-riddled petitioner, to his face. Stay classy, Hunan.
The photos themselves are evidence enough, but South China Morning Post has lovely details that make the situation that much worse:
Duan, a petitioner from Linli county in Northern Hunan province who is suffering from lung cancer, told The Beijing News that the photos were taken in mid-November when he was petitioning outside a Hunan government compound about a dispute with a local water company.
The two other people in the photos were local officials, Duan said, and the photos were taken by his wife as the officials were attempting to drag him away. When Duan’s wife warned the officials she would take photos of them, they posed for the photos which were eventually circulated on the internet.
The officials—who, mind you, were about to “drag him away”—have attempted to quell online criticism by saying that they were festively celebrating with Duan after learning that he was recovering from his cancer. Duan’s huge, bright smile may confirm this. Ohwaitnevermind.
[Image via Xinhuanet]