The account, which has 15 million followers, in a Saturday post shared two side-by-side images of a rocket launch in China and a cremation ground in India, adding a post: “China is lighting up a fire, India lights a fire ”.

A social media account linked to the main law enforcement body of the Communist Party of China (CCP) was criticized in China over the weekend for mocking the death of COVID-19 in India in a post about social networks.

The post was shared on Weibo, China’s Twitter equivalent, by an account by the CPC’s Central Political and Legal Affairs Committee, the powerful law enforcement body that oversees the courts and the police.

The account, which has 15 million followers, in a Saturday post shared two side-by-side images of a rocket launch in China and a cremation ground in India, adding a post: “China is lighting up a fire, India lights a fire ”.

Although the post initially went viral, it sparked widespread outrage on Chinese social media for its callousness, leading the Party-linked account to take the unusual step of deleting the post.

Dong Mengyu, a researcher, said on Twitter that a blogger wrote a post in response saying, “I apologize to the Indians on my own behalf. Post by [Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission’s] The Weibo account does not represent me. We live on the same planet … We feel your suffering. This essay, Mr. Dong said, was later deleted.

The original post, reported Manya Koetse of What’s on Weibo, a website that tracks social media trends in China, was shared 9,000 times before being taken down. This was not the only such post from an official body mocking the situation in India – another Weibo account linked to the Ministry of Public Security, the highest law enforcement authority, shared a similar post.

Both posts sparked widespread derision, at a time when several Chinese social organizations have started fundraising efforts to channel aid to India, including some prominent Buddhist organizations.

A widely followed social media account maintained by attorney Wang Peng, Ms. Koetse reported, posted a response describing the post as “such an inappropriate comparison.” “Every country is faced with disasters! Not to mention that in times of pandemic, every country is involved,” he would have said. “From a propaganda perspective, this is a classic case of propaganda failure,” added another. is so inappropriate for an official account that it does not represent the Chinese people. “

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