The Phoenix Weekly posted a weibo on December 22 reporting on the brutal police crackdown on Haimen protesters, linking to a report from On.cc (東方互動). Although Phoenix Weekly didn’t give hard numbers on the number of citizens killed and injured, readers were surprised to see any mention of casualties at all. On.cc reported six dead and 200 injured.
Phoenix Weekly is part of the Phoenix New Media group, based in Hong Kong. Phoenix Satellite TV is one of the few overseas networks with landing rights in mainland China. Following is the Phoenix weibo post followed by comments from netizens. Translated by CDT:
Phoenix Weekly: Triggered by anger in Wukan over violation of the people’s rights, riots broke out yesterday in Haimen, a village in the Chaoyang district of Shantou City. Residents are protesting the local government’s plans to expand a coal-burning power plant, saying the pollution will affect their livelihood as a fishing village. The government has long disregarded their demands to halt construction. Protesters took to the streets, occupying local government offices and stopping traffic on the highway. The authorities sent 1000 riot police and SWAT personnel to the scene, who violently cleared the streets. Some protesters were killed.
Xu Changye: @Bijin not Bijing: The Phoenix Weekly is finally reporting real news!
End of Value: The people’s will is Heaven’s will…
TownBright888: I witnessed riot police throwing tear gas canisters into the crowds that included many elderly people and children.
Kuixuan: This country is truly sick. The media have lost their voice, the relevant organs cover up information, web portals are blocked. History repeats itself. As we mock history’s losers, we have no idea who’s watching us go down the same path of no return.
Unmarked Goods: Report: True voice.
Little Lake Little Window: This is the result of years of the government focusing on GDP alone, ignoring the voice of the people and social development~~if things continue on like this, you know what will happen!
WuChengZiandynee: Phoenix Weekly, are you also subordinate?
East Jin Wang Clan: A child that can cry will have milk to drink. If the government has done wrong, it must set things right; if the government hasn’t done wrong, it should continue to suppress the protests. For all this fuss over a power plant, won’t there be even more of a fuss if there isn’t enough power?
SandyShanShanv: Local authorities have censored news.