Drawing the News: Blood Spilt Yesterday, Today
This week, CDT presents political cartoons, shared on the Chinese Internet, about a murder at McDonald’s, tightening security after the recent violence in Xinjiang, and the 25th anniversary of the crackdown on the Tiananmen protests.
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A Murder at McDonald’s
On May 28, a female customer at a McDonald’s in Zhaoyuan, Shandong was beaten to death. The Zhaoyuan police arrested six suspects, who are alleged to be members of the “evil cult” of the “Almighty God.” Video of the attack and images of the woman’s body surfaced online, stirring debate about whether fellow restaurant patrons or staff should have intervened. Some are comparing this incident to the death of “Little Yueyue,” a toddler who was run over and ignored by more than a dozen pedestrians before an elderly woman came to her rescue. Others contend that it is too easy for the “Keyboard Party” (键盘党) to moralize, without knowing how they themselves would react in a similar situation.
Central and local governments are tightening security after the recent spate of violence in Urumqi and Kunming. Many localities are easing restrictions on police carrying guns. Beijing has begun dispatching volunteer patrols and put in security checks at several subway stations. Liaoning residents now need proof of identity to purchase matches. Many netizens are concerned at these new measures to maintain stability are themselves quite violent.
Remembering June 4th
On the night of June 3 into the morning of June 4, 1989, the People’s Liberation Army put a gruesome end to two months of protests in Beijing and other cities throughout China. Cartoonists outside of China pay their respects to the dead and illustrate the living spirit of 1989.