By Michael Evans.
A Henan official has claimed that he was sacked from his post for comments criticizing the province’s controversial program of demolishing rural gravesites.
Zhao Keluo, who lost his seat on the standing committee of the province’s Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Committee, made the claim in a sarcastic “letter of repentance” posted to Weibo.
“I am so naive about politics, I should have been removed far earlier,” wrote Zhao mockingly, adding that he took his position so seriously that he believed the CPPCC was designed to supervise the work of the Party and the government.
The remarks criticizing the grave-flattening campaign were made in May, also posted on Zhao’s Weibo.
In his letter last week, Zhao said that those original comments “were deleted by me after Shi Jichun, director of the United Front Work Department, pointed out that my postings tarnished the image of Henan and Nanyang and asked me to apologize to the public.”
Zhao deleted the ”apology” letter shortly after posting it online, but netizens have continued to spread the letter and voice their support for the outspoken ex-delegate, according to the South China Morning Post.
“Destroying the ancestral roots and culture is just foolish decision making… Mr Zhao, at least you respect justice and retain a conscience, you don’t have to be afraid!” read one such comment.