China Rape Arrest After Web Anger

Amid Sina Weibo’s recent rule changes, netizens have spurred the arrest of an ex-official through microblogging. AFP reports:

Police arrested an ex-Communist Party official in central China on suspicion of raping at least 10 underage girls, authorities said Sunday, in a case that has sparked a storm of Internet anger.

The news prompted thousands of outraged comments from Chinese web users, who are increasingly confident in voicing anger about alleged wrongdoing by officials from China’s ruling Communist Party.

“Fine party cadre. Good leader of the people,” said Wang Delong on Sina’s weibo, a microblog similar to Twitter.

On the same site, Yawen posted: “An official again!”

According to CNN, Li Xingong has confessed to the crimes:

Li Xingong confessed to the crimes during police questioning and will face “swift and severe punishment,” according to the Xinhua news agency.

Li was the party’s deputy director in Yongcheng city, Xinhua said.

The report did not offer additional details, such as the victims’ ages or where the alleged crimes took place.

See also previous coverage on Sina Weibo and Microblogging, via CDT.

May 27, 2012 3:55 PM
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