Chongqing, another sex scandal shakes the Party
Beijing (AsiaNews) - Another sex scandal has hit Chongqing, the most populous city in China. The authorities of the municipal district of Peiling have announced that they have opened an investigation against Wu Hong, an official of the Office for urban management and law enforcement, guilty of "frequenting prostitutes." The scandal erupted last December 2, when photographs appeared on the internet of him with a young half-naked woman in a hotel room.
The Wu case comes a week after the publication of a pornographic video involving one of the communist secretaries again from the district of Chongqing with a prostitute. According to the user who uploaded the video on the internet, there are other movies involving at least five local communist officials. It is not clear if Wu is one of them. In any case Lei Zhengfu - Head of Beibei district - was removed from his post three days after the publication of the video.
In the anonymous post that accompanies the photographs of Wu, the anonymous author writes that he kept those photographs "for two years" and that he had decided to publish them "after hearing of the scandal that hit Lei." But for the Party the sex scandals are not confined to Chongqing.
On 3 December, the authorities in Shuangcheng, Heilongjiang province, removed one of the Members of the Congress of the People after a local journalist accused him of rape and molestation. In Hengyang, Hunan, disciplinary authorities have impeached the Communist deputy head of the county Wang Peng for bribery and for his consorting with prostitutes.
Some analysts think that this series of scandals are being driven by new Poltiburo to eliminate or marginalize enemy factions.