Former Chinese President Forcibly Removed From Government Event

On Saturday, former Chinese President Hu Jintao was abruptly and forcibly removed from his seat during a government event.

The surprising ejection of Hu occurred during the Chinese Communist Party Congress, a grand ceremony that only takes place once every five years to decide on party leaders and discuss government priorities.

While seated next to current President Xi Jinping, a man in a suit approached the 79-year-old Hu from behind and attempted to lift him from his seat.

Hu refused to comply and tried to remain sitting. As the suited men kept trying to raise the elderly man from his seat, Hu reached for a piece of paper next to Xi.

Xi smiled and pulled the piece of paper away and put it back on top of his folder.

The suited man was eventually able to pry Hu from his seat. As Hu exited, he exchanged words with Xi, who nodded and smiled. He also tapped another government official on the shoulder as he was ushered from the event.

The Chinese Community Party quickly scrubbed footage of the incident from websites in the country. The party has yet to issue an explanation for the sudden removal of a former president from such a public event.

“Search results for ‘Hu Jintao’ on China’s Twitter-like platform Weibo appeared to be heavily censored Saturday afternoon, with the most recent result dated Friday and posts limited to those of official accounts,” said Agence France-Presse.

Meanwhile, the state-run news outlet Global Times praised the event and failed to mention the incident involving Hu.

“The week-long 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) successfully concluded on Saturday in Beijing, and it noted that the establishment of Comrade Xi Jinping’s core position on the Party Central Committee and in the Party as a whole, and the guiding role of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era has set the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation on ‘an irreversible historical course,’” the outlet reported.

According to the outlet, not a single member of the Chinese Communist Party objected to Xi’s “re-election.”