Civil servant fired for attacking G20 plans

Source:Global Times Published: 2016/7/25 1:03:00

Internet police say viral post was ‘rumors’

A public servant has been fired and detained for 10 days for fabricating rumors that claimed the Hangzhou government had "spent unnecessary on construction" for the preparation of the upcoming G20 summit.

Since July 10, an article "Hangzhou, shame on you" wrote by a netizen named "Pingzi", identified by Internet police as Guo Enping, a deputy director of the street office in Jiaojiang district in Taizhou, East China's Zhejiang Province has gone viral online.

Taizhou's police said in a statement on its official website on Wednesday that local authorities began to investigate Guo on July 15 and Guo was fired by the district government the same day.

On July 19, local police detained Guo for 10 days on suspicion of "causing disturbances by fabricating rumors," said the statement, adding that Guo tried to use this eye-catching article to win online clicks, and he confessed that he had used many sources that have not been confirmed.

In the article, Guo claimed that Hangzhou had renovated every street and every shop, and criticized the government for spending 160 billion yuan ($23.9 billion) on the city's construction for preparation of the summit.

The renovation turned Hangzhou "a beautiful city with culture and history" into "a city which is simply superficially decorated," said the article.

Guo said in his article that at the beginning of July, police officers in the province were dispatched to Hangzhou and each of them will be paid a bonus of 100,000 yuan.

The article also slammed the government for shutting down shops and factories near the G20 Summit venue, which "severely disturbed local residents' lives."

The police statement said that before the article was deleted by Guo on July 12, it had been viewed and reposted many times online.

Recently, the Zhejiang provincial government conducted a public opinion poll in which 96.8 percent of residents were happy that Hangzhou was set to be the host of the summit.

The Group of 2o, also known as the G20, is an international forum for governments and central bank governors from 20 major economies, which was formed in 1999 as an alternative to the G7.

In a report on April 5, Zhejiang provincial government said the province's public security forces will focus on 10 major tasks to ensure the security of the G20, including preventing terror attacks, checking renters' records and building a 1 million-strong volunteer force.

Cracking down on cult activities is also an important part of securing the G20 Summit. Relevant departments should clamp down on cults and lead the public to reject and fight cult activities, Yang Wubiao, deputy Party chief of Hangzhou, told the Global Times during the launch of an anti-cult publicity campaign in May.

In preparation for the summit, the scenic city has given its urban facilities a face-lift for the high-profile event.

All 651 infrastructure renovation projects, covering environmental treatment, airport expressways and hotels for state guests, were completed by the end of June, three months ahead of the opening of the summit, the Xinhua News Agency reported in May.

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