Local officials in northeastern China have ordered the mayor of a small city to resign after he ignored scores of villagers who knelt in front of government offices to appeal for an investigation into official corruption, state media said Sunday.
The Dalian city government on Saturday ordered the mayor of Zhuanghe city to resign for his “mismanagement” of the April 13 incident, according to the website of the People’s Daily, the Communist Party newspaper.
The mass petition was widely reported on Chinese websites and Internet users at the time slammed Sun Ming, the mayor, for his lack of response to the villagers. Zhuanghe is a city of about 900,000 people in Liaoning province.
See also a post from ChinaGeeks which looks at media reports and netizen reactions to the incident.