The report included a photo of two employees burning books in front of the public library in Zhenyuan, Gansu province. Photo: Handout

Chinese library sparks outrage over report staff burned ‘banned books’

  • Employees set fire to 65 ‘illegal publications’ in front of building after ‘thorough clean-up’
  • Social media users draw comparisons with actions of Qin dynasty emperor believed to have ordered texts to be burned and scholars to be buried alive
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The report included a photo of two employees burning books in front of the public library in Zhenyuan, Gansu province. Photo: Handout
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Phoebe Zhang

Phoebe Zhang

Phoebe Zhang is a society reporter with the South China Morning Post. She likes to write human-interest stories and has written many about people living on the fringes of society. She believes there's no story or person that's too small.