Thursday, March 10, 2011
“My father is Li Gang!”
One of “popular” phrase in
last year was “My father is Li Gang.” In October 2010, 23-year-old student Li Qiming hit two students when he drove a car on university campus, killing one and injuring the other. When a crowd tried to stop him from fleeing, Li shouted: “Go ahead, sue me. My father is Li Gang!” Li’s father is deputy police chief in China ; he attempted to use his father’s influence in the accident. Li’s comment exploded on the internet, becoming the Baoding City ’s newest catch phrase in 2010. The case focused popular anger at Chinese elite, abusing of power in the society. As soon as the anger explored in the net, Li Gang appeared on national television, weeping, apologizing, and bowing in front of the camera. However, his son received six years in prison and ordered to pay $69,900 in compensation to the family whose son was killed in the crash, and to pay $13,800 to other victim. This incident in China is tip of iceberg. Probably, a number of similar incidents in China have never explored by the public outcry, justice for the victims in vain China
Souce: Regarding Li Gang's case, see http://www.douban.com/group/topic/15753031/ (access date: 3 March 2011).