Hong Kong‘s Sing Tao Daily reported on October 17 that the Anhui Jixi Procuratorate released an indictment on October 15, saying that Ge, a 49-year-old man from Jixi, Anhui Province, came to the Hu Ancestral Hall with an axe after drinking at 9 p.m. on October 3 last year and broke the lock on the outer door of the hall and then entered the hall.
He used the axe to chop the two doors leading to the inner courtyard with the god of the gate, and when they did not open, he used both hands to drag and push them to the ground. He then pushed down the four wooden doors of the inner hall, which were side by side with the gate, causing different degrees of damage to the gate, the gate god, the side door, the stone foundation and other cultural relics.
The repair cost of the damaged gate, gate god, side door is estimated at 32,000 yuan (RMB, the same below), and the loss price of the damaged stone base is estimated at 300 yuan.
The Jixi County Prosecutor’s Office believes that Ge, knowing that the Hu Ancestral Hall is a national key cultural relic protection unit, should be held criminally liable for intentional destruction of cultural relics. It is recommended that he be sentenced to 10 months in prison and fined 300 yuan RMB.
However, the official did not explain the motive of the defendant Ge’s vandalism, as well as the reason behind the venting of emotions.
According to the official introduction, Hu Jintao’s ancestral hometown is Jixi, Anhui province, and his grandfather was a Jixi tea merchant who later moved to Taizhou, Jiangsu province.
The information shows that the Hu clan ancestral temple is located in Jixi County, Anhui Province, was built in the Song Dynasty, by the Ming Jiajing years of the famous general Hu Zongxian advocate donated funds to build, the Qing Guangxu 24 (1898) again overhaul. In 1988, Hu’s Ancestral Hall was approved by the State Council of the Communist Party of China as the third batch of national key cultural relics protection units.
On September 13, 2013, six months after Hu Jintao left office, he returned to Jixi with his wife Liu Yongqing, observed the Hu Ancestral Shrine, and went to the ancestral tomb together to pay respect to his ancestors. It is said that this is the first Time Hu Jintao returned to his hometown to pay respect to his ancestors. After his retirement, Hu Jintao had returned to Taizhou to visit his grave in December 2012, March 2016 and April 2019, although Hu never set foot in Taixing for 34 years between 1978 and 2012.
According to mainland Chinese folklore, it is by no means trivial for a clan shrine to be chopped by an axe, said time commentator Situ Jian. Next year is the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of China, the regimented Li Keqiang faces stepping down, while it is still unknown whether Vice Premier Hu Chunhua, reportedly designated by Hu Jintao in alternate generations, will have a chance to take over, but the recent 20-year deep investigation in Inner Mongolia may threaten him. In addition, Hu Jintao’s son Hu Haifeng also has a bad career, several times rumored to have failed in his promotion, Hu and Xi Jinping‘s relationship is delicate. The damage to his ancestral shrine may mean that something may happen to the Hu Family.