Chinese officials performing inspection in artificial rain using water gun draws criticism
On the no-rain day, firefighters are making an artificial rain using a fire-fighting water gun on a vast field; and officials holding umbrella are performing inspection of the site in the rain following the guidance of the photographers, Leshan, September 12, 2012.
Water gun used to simulate official inspection in rainOn the evening of September 13, microblogger “小锅巴ll” posted the microblogging through his Chinese Twitter alike Weibo account with the title Leshan Officials inspect construction site in rain. The microblogging also revealed that the picture was taken near a moulding company in Leshan High-Tech Development Zone. Since the microblogging "has photo and truth" (有图有真相) in it, it quickly spreads across Chinese internet and causes uproar and mocking from Chinese netizens.Aside from the first photo, another two pictures were also exposed. What happened can be read out from the pictures: On a day without rain, firefighters were making an artificial rain using a fire-fighting water gun on a vast field. And officials holding umbrella were inspecting the site in the rain following the guidance of the photographers. The pictures also show that the water guns were from firefighting truck and many passersby were looking on."They are officials? No, they are actors!" the pictures have drawn anger and mocking as soon as they were uploaded. "They dared do so when there were lot of passers-by!" Some netizens think the Leshan officials were making a publicity blunt too brazenly. Others think it is even unforgivable that the officials employed public resources merely for show.
Official response: It was not inspection but photography originality for attracting investmentOn September 14, officials of Leshan High-Tech Development Zone told reporters that the pictures were true, but they were not about inspection, instead, the officials were taking a propaganda shoot aiming to attract investment to the hightech development zone. But the explanation is not accepted by most Chinese netizens. Following are the top four comments on popular Chinese news portal 163.com: 流氓小亨: I have nothing more to say, you all understand, it is a widespread practice of Chinese government. loluli: Admirable! It is moving China in 2012.... What good cadres they are: Condition is created when there is no condition.boyyounger: Do you remember when the heavy rain stormed Beijing in July, a group of officials performed "entering the deluge to rescue residents and then lifting corpses"? The snow-white sockings, gleaming lether shoes, bright and tender thighs of the officials are still vivid in my mind. If the officials compete for title "Pretending China", do you think they will be in the top ten?大中华狩鸡网友: It is fucking nauseating！I have thrown up the food I took three days ago!hejingchun20: Fuck, dirty trick, and a behavior aiming to deceive their superiors and delude their subordinates.
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