盘锦开枪 (Panjin, open fire [with a gun] / Pánjǐn kāiqiāng) refers to a reported Sept 21, 2012 incident in Panjin wherein a farmer named Wang Shujie tried to resist the government takeover of his property. Facing Wang’s refusal to give up his land, government officials ordered police on to the scene, and at some point officers opened fire, shooting and killing Wang. The story reverberated on Weibo and many blamed the deputy mayor of Panin, Jiang Weihua (姜伟华). The Epoch Times* reported that
"[he] effectively ordered Wang’s death. Jiang is also head of the local Public Security Bureau. According to Liang [a journalist covering the event], he said words to the effect of: “If he does not cooperate, if he dares to oppose the government, what’s the big deal about killing a few? Shoot! The compensation is only a few hundred thousand, isn’t it? I’ll take care of all that, and the central government doesn’t have the authority to intervene.”"
*One should always be cautious when relying on reporting done in Falun Gong-supported media like Epoch Times and NTDTV, but oftentimes the bias rests more on the editorial selection of articles, and for the most part the facts in their non-Falun Gong or non-anti-CCP articles are generally sound.
In a break from our usual series of highlighting words blocked from searching on Weibo, for the next two days I’ll be looking more deeply at the keywords on chat messenger app LINE’s “bad words” list. For more about this series, see this introductory post.