Former Chongqing Communist Party secretary Bo Xilai’s supporters are facing a backlash following the removal of the Politburo member from his post in Chongqing position on March 15th.
Reuters reported last Thursday that Sima Nan, a Maoist-leftist writer and public speaker in Beijing said, “The removal of Bo Xilai is a real shock to me…If this amounts to a negation of the Chongqing model, then I can’t agree with this decision.”
On Friday, Sima was informed his scheduled speeches at universities in Beijing and Hong Kong had been cancelled. He later said his microblog was banned from posting.
Chongqing mayor Huang Qifan was quick to change alliances and reveal many allegations against Bo Xilai, including Bo’s order to make Sima Nan in charge of his local propaganda. Huang also said Bo had instructed Sima to collect and spread news against Wen Jiabao and Xi Jinping, who oppose the leftist movement.
Liangjiang Party secretary Xu Ming, Bo Xilai’s confidant, who allegedly bribed Bo for business gains, went missing after Bo’s sacking. Hu Ping, chief editor of “Beijing Spring” magazine, assumes Xu is being suspended and investigated.
[Hu Ping, Chief Editor, “Beijing Spring” Magazine]:
“As a major official, Bo Xilai has problems. Seeing all is lost, his cronies will likely try to escape.”
Ji Xiaofeng, chief editor of “China Review News”, said that Zhou Yongkang, a Politburo Standing Committee member and avid supporter of Bo Xilai, could be next in line to fall, and maybe even former CCP leader Jiang Zemin, who is protecting Zhou.
Police and military guards have been deployed to Chongqing to prevent Maoist supporters from taking action or attempting to leave the country. A sign was posted in Chongqing People’s Square forbidding singing and dancing starting from March 15, since Bo Xilai had promoted mass sing-a-longs of revolutionary songs there during his post./n