Chinese Official Fired From Post – AP
A Chinese official who put on an elaborate funeral for his mother that included erecting a massive stage and hiring a 20-piece band has been fired from his Communist Party post and demoted, a state-run newspaper report Tuesday. The China Daily said that Xie Pingfa, a highway administration director in Lufeng, Guangdong province , was removed from his Communist Party post and was demoted for violating party rules on self-discipline and integrity.
Xie had arranged a funeral with his siblings that included setting up a stage more than 65 feet high to allow people in their hometown to pay tributes to his mother and a banquet with more than 100 tables. More than 1,000 people, including eight other officials from the highway administration, attended, the newspaper said. [Full Text]
See CDT’s translation of the original Southern Metropolis News report about the funeral preparations.
[Image: Three thousand residents attended the funeral of Xie Pingfa's mother, from Southern Metropolis News.]