Photos of a man who’s been identified as a middle-level government official being restrained in a nasty spat over a parking spot have been blowing up on Weibo.
The images show him pointing furiously at the camera-holder under the hold of security guards at a residential area in Beijing after the two had apparently gotten into an argument over a private parking spot. The photos were uploaded to Weibo by the user Dajiangzhiyuan on Sunday, and the post has since garnered over 50,000 reposts and 16,000 comments.
“The man burst out with vulgar language and tried to assault me,” said the blogger, who claimed to be the photographer.
He said the man had told him he was a “high-up in the State Council (China’s cabinet)”.
Not long after being uploaded, netizens identified the man in restraint as Wu Tong, a deputy department chief of Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security.
Users have questioned the authenticity of the post, but the publisher claims to have taken a video that will be uploaded later. He also admitted that the dispute went down last summer, but he waited until now to put up photos.
Either way, the story brings to mind past instances of asshole officials whose acts of entitlement cast them in an unfavorable light. Much like the depiction by this microblog user: