ESWN has translations and photos from BBS posts about student riots (and yes, they really were riots) at Shengda Economics, Trade and Management College of Zhengzhou University in Henan last week. As ESWN notes, this is another clear case of mainstream media getting their reports directly from BBS posts. It also highlights the anger that many college and university students are feeling today as their years of sacrifice don’t result in clear job opportunities.
Excerpts: The national Department of Education issued a document several years ago to require tier-two schools to state their status on the diplomas. It is said that in the interest of fairness to students of all classes, the school hid the fact from the students so that the latter only found out when they received the diplomas. Of course, they are angry. Therefore, this riot occurred for cause.
But the infuriating part was that certain low-life students took advantage of the occasion to loot
stores. The electronic stores especially suffered great losses. The public facilities were also severely damaged.
And from another student post:
This group of several thousand people rushed onto the street. They walked down one street and smashed everything on the street: street lamps, telephone booths, bathhouses, banks, supermarkets … wherever they went, everything was picked clean. The supermarkets and electronic stores were
looted by some active students. Wow!…The front gate of the school was overturned. The statue of the founder was set on fire. Several cars in front of the entrance were overturned and vandalized.
Almost 10,000 people were shouting in front of the flag staff. It was loud and impressive.