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Chinese farmer ends his life– cheated on seeds, humiliated and deprived of justice (4)

Posted by Author on May 31, 2010

By TOM LASSETER, McClatchy Newspapers, U.S, May. 30, 2010 –

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‘He was helpless,THERE WAS NO WAY OUT’

Zhang Dayan doesn’t have a picture of her late husband, Peng Gonglin. There was no family photograph at the house; that sort of thing is for people with money, not peasants, she explained.

She didn’t want to talk about Peng. “Just leave what happened alone,” Zhang said.

Peng’s older brother, who lives next door and didn’t want his name published, agreed. “Right now, it’s meaningless to talk about this matter,” he said. “My brother is dead.”

Peng’s suicide note told of his efforts to expose faulty seed distribution, the necessity of buying prostitutes for local officials and the beating he received, according to Chinese media reports. The government quickly announced that it was giving his family 200,000 yuan – almost $30,000 in hush money, decades’ worth of salary in the area.

On the road that leads to Peng’s house, a cousin of his rode by in a cart pulled by a tractor.

“We know a lot of farmers who’ve bought fake seeds in this area,” said Peng Yanmin, as the other farmers around him nodded. The government, he said, does nothing to protect them, and some suspect that those responsible for the bad seeds have connections with officials.

What did he think about his cousin’s suicide?

“I think he was helpless,” Peng Yanmin said. “There was no way out.”

He paused. The sky was getting dark; a shower was coming.

The driver started the tractor again, belching black smoke. The men rumbled away. A few minutes later the rain came, falling on the fields where Peng Gonglin once worked. (END)

from McClatchy Newspapers

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