From China Digital Space
躲猫猫（死）(duǒ māomāo (sǐ)): (death by) hide-and-seek
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 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.
媒体人任东杰: Hunan: Suspect Dies at Public Security Bureau, Police Say He “Died in His Sleep”
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)