An official in northern China was sacked from his job after he posted a message on social media called the founder of modern China Mao Zedong a “devil”. Not only this, he called the annual commemoration of his birthday “the world’s largest cult activity”.
The deputy director of the Shijiazhuang Bureau of Culture, Radio, Film, TV, Press and Publication, Zuo Chunhe lost his job over his comment he posted on Weibo, China’s version of Facebook.
After his removal on January 16, the bureau released a statement that mentioned Zuo was fired for “posting wrong remarks” that were in “serious violation of political discipline”. The statement also said he needs to “deeply reflect” on his mistakes.
Global Times reported Zuo was given a major administrative warning and his account on social media site was also deleted.
The ruling Communist Party revered Mao as the founding father of the People’s Republic of China. His image also appears on every yuan banknote.
Mao is specially respected by the leftists who believe the country has become too capitalist and unequal over three decades of market-based reforms, and attitudes towards Mao and his legacy mirror differences between reformers and traditionalists.
Zuo is not only one who lost his job, earlier this month a professor was sacked for posting a comment against Mao on his 123rd birthday celebration. The art professor, Deng Xiaochao at Shandong Jianzhu University posted a statement on Weibo which said that the leader was responsible for millions of deaths caused by the Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution.
His remark triggered protest outside the front gate of the university with Mao supporters holding up portraits of Mao Zedong with banners reading “Whoever opposes Chairman Mao is an enemy of the people.”