Updated: 05/27/2014 12:41 | By Agence France-Presse

China professor's microblog blocked after Tiananmen post

A controversial nationalist professor in China has had his microblog account suspended after he posted a comment about the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, in which he took part as a student.


China professor's microblog blocked after Tiananmen post

File photo of Chinese students passing through the gate of Peking University in Beijing, where a controversial nationalist professor in China has had his microblog account suspended after he posted a comment about the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests

Kong Qingdong, a professor at the elite Peking University who claims to be descended from the ancient sage Confucius, is well-known in China for his outspoken comments, including a tirade in which he condemned residents of Hong Kong as "bastards" and "dogs".

But a remark on the popular Sina Weibo microblogging service -- where he had around 2.75 million followers -- seems to have crossed the line with Communist authorities wary of any discussion of the bloody Tiananmen crackdown, which sees its 25th anniversary next week.

Kong had an exchange last Friday with a user named "I am a sparkling red star" who claimed to have been part of the security forces deployed during the crackdown and argued that Beijing had no choice but to dispatch troops in order to control chaos.

"Nonsense," Kong replied, according to an archive of the deleted post saved by the anti-censorship website FreeWeibo. 

"There were no riots at all. You all opened fire on the masses and bloodily gunned them down, then tried to frame them after the fact. Can you name one student who started the rioting?"

Kong went on to decry the deaths of "hundreds of patriotic citizens", according to a report Sunday in the Hong Kong-based Ming Pao newspaper.

Attempts by AFP to access Kong's Weibo on Tuesday returned an error message that the account was "suspect".

China's ruling party tightly controls online expression, with a vast network of censors swiftly deleting postings on topics such as official corruption, criticism of top leaders or sensitive eras of Chinese history.

The lead-up to next month's Tiananmen anniversary, however, has seen an especially harsh clampdown, with prominent Chinese human rights lawyers, journalists and others detained for attending gatherings on the topic.

The bloody Tiananmen Square crackdown -- which saw hundreds of peaceful demonstrators killed, by some estimates more than 1,000 -- remains one of the most sensitive political issues in China.

Some Chinese Internet users responded with puzzlement on Tuesday to news of Kong's muzzling, noting that the professor is a staunch nationalist rather than a liberal or harsh government critic, the types of commentators whose accounts are typically deleted.

"Sina, you've gone too far," one user wrote. "Why did you ban Kong Qingdong?! This shows us how brain-damaged you've really become!"

Latest Photo Galleries on xinmsn

NEWS VIDEOS

MORE NEWS VIDEOS

facebook recommendations

LIVE NEWS RADIO STREAMING

  • 938 Live

    938LIVE is Singapore's only English news and talk station which transmits round the clock with an engaging and enticing spread of programmes on current affairs, health, business and lifestyle as well as news every half hour until midnight.

  • Capital 958


    95.8FM城市频道的前身是"第三广播网"。上个世纪30年代末,新加坡就有中文广播,一路走来经过不少政治,社会局势的改变,中文广播在本地一直扮演举足轻重的角色。