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躲猫猫(死)(duǒ māomāo (sǐ)): (death by) hide-and-seek
 
躲猫猫(死)(duǒ māomāo (sǐ)): (death by) hide-and-seek
  
[[File:hide1.jpg|250px|thumb|right|''“Prison hide-and-seek competition.'']] [[File:prison death.jpg|250px|thumb|right|''Competition for the lamest excuse for a prison inmate’s death. In first place is “drank boiled water,” second is “played hide-and-seek,” and third goes to “hanged himself with his own shoelace.'']]In 2009, farmer [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2009/02/eluding-the-cat-yunnan-government-asks-netizens-to-help-investigate-detainee-death/ Li Qiaoming] died from serious head injuries while under police custody in Yunnan Province for illegal logging. The prison authorities claimed that Li ran into a wall while playing hide-and-seek with other prison inmates. After netizens grumbled, the authorities agreed to allow an inspection of the prison—but [http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/25/world/asia/25china.html the “volunteer” inspectors were revealed to be employees of state-run media].
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[[File:hide1.jpg|250px|thumb|right|''Prison hide-and-seek competition. (Kuang Biao / Southern Metropolis Daily)'']] [[File:prison death.jpg|250px|thumb|right|''Competition for the lamest excuse for a prison inmate’s death. (Rednet.cn)'']]Death in police custody under suspicious circumstances.
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In 2009, farmer [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2009/02/eluding-the-cat-yunnan-government-asks-netizens-to-help-investigate-detainee-death/ Li Qiaoming died while in detention] for illegal logging. The prison authorities claimed that Li died of a head injury sustained while playing hide-and-seek with other inmates. Netizens balked, saying they suspected Li had instead been beaten to death by the police.
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To assuage online anger, the provincial authorities asked for volunteers for an inspection of the prison. Fifteen inspectors were “randomly selected” from a pool of about 1,000. But the inspection backfired when the public learned that the “volunteers” were [http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/25/world/asia/25china.html the “volunteer” former employees of state-run media].  
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The “hide-and-seek incident” (躲猫猫事件 duǒ māomāo shìjiàn) now symbolizes cover-ups of police brutality.
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'''Sample Usage:'''
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<blockquote>媒体人任东杰: Hunan: Suspect Dies at Public Security Bureau, Police Say He “Died in His Sleep”</blockquote>
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<blockquote>湖南:嫌犯公安局身亡 警方称系“睡死的”</blockquote>
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<blockquote><blockquote>李庄: Died in his sleep? After death by face washing, death by hide-and-seek, death by meal, and death by drinking water, a new way of dying. (October 16, 2014)</blockquote></blockquote>
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<blockquote><blockquote>睡觉死?继洗脸死、躲猫猫死、吃饭死、喝水死后的新死法。 [[https://freeweibo.com/weibo/3766445236437629 Chinese]]</blockquote></blockquote>
  
 
See also [[death by drinking boiled water]], [[hang oneself]], [[death by nightmare]], and “[http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2010/12/young-man-in-detention-dies-of-suffocation-by-quilt/ suffocation by quilt].”
 
See also [[death by drinking boiled water]], [[hang oneself]], [[death by nightmare]], and “[http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2010/12/young-man-in-detention-dies-of-suffocation-by-quilt/ suffocation by quilt].”

Revision as of 20:40, 17 December 2014

躲猫猫(死)(duǒ māomāo (sǐ)): (death by) hide-and-seek

Prison hide-and-seek competition. (Kuang Biao / Southern Metropolis Daily)
Competition for the lamest excuse for a prison inmate’s death. (Rednet.cn)

Death in police custody under suspicious circumstances.

In 2009, farmer Li Qiaoming died while in detention for illegal logging. The prison authorities claimed that Li died of a head injury sustained while playing hide-and-seek with other inmates. Netizens balked, saying they suspected Li had instead been beaten to death by the police.

To assuage online anger, the provincial authorities asked for volunteers for an inspection of the prison. Fifteen inspectors were “randomly selected” from a pool of about 1,000. But the inspection backfired when the public learned that the “volunteers” were the “volunteer” former employees of state-run media.

The “hide-and-seek incident” (躲猫猫事件 duǒ māomāo shìjiàn) now symbolizes cover-ups of police brutality.

Sample Usage:

媒体人任东杰: Hunan: Suspect Dies at Public Security Bureau, Police Say He “Died in His Sleep”

湖南:嫌犯公安局身亡 警方称系“睡死的”

李庄: Died in his sleep? After death by face washing, death by hide-and-seek, death by meal, and death by drinking water, a new way of dying. (October 16, 2014)

睡觉死?继洗脸死、躲猫猫死、吃饭死、喝水死后的新死法。 [Chinese]

See also death by drinking boiled water, hang oneself, death by nightmare, and “suffocation by quilt.”

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