A social media account run by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) mocked India’s deadly coronavirus crisis on Saturday with a post deleted after public outrage in both China and India.
The now-deleted post, depicted below, emanated from the CCP’s Commission for Political and Legal Affairs (CPLA) – one of the most powerful organs of the Party, as it oversees the legal system and law enforcement agencies. The commission’s account on Weibo, China’s tightly-controlled version of Twitter, has 15 million followers. The post was shared by numerous other government and law enforcement social media accounts before it was deleted.
The CPLA post provided a side-by-side comparison between China launching the first module of its space station into orbit versus Indians lighting a funeral pyre to cremate their coronavirus dead.
“China lighting a fire versus India lighting a fire,” the caption read:
Someone apparently thought it was a