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China’s ‘great firewall’ creator pelted with shoes

Posted by Author on May 20, 2011


Chinese police are seeking a man who said he threw eggs and shoes at the architect of China’s “great firewall”, the world’s most sophisticated and extensive online censorship system.

The claims were cheered by many internet users, in a reflection of growing anger among them about increasingly stringent controls. Admirers showered the anonymous young man with flippant promises of everything from Nike trainers to replace his lost footwear, to iPads, sex and jobs.

The office of Fang Binxing – who is known as the father of the great firewall – denied the attack had happened, while Wuhan University in Hubei province, where the incident reportedly happened, told the Guardian it was not aware of it. No photographs have surfaced of the event. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shoe attack on China web censorship creator Fang Binxing sparks online buzz

Posted by Author on May 19, 2011


SHANGHAI (AFP) — Internet users in China are hailing a student who claims to have thrown a shoe at the architect of the country’s so-called “Great Firewall” of Internet controls during a university appearance.

Police in central China on Friday refused to comment on the alleged attack on Fang Binxing at Wuhan University by a student who identified himself online only as “hanunyi”.

But the student has been hailed by web users — posts that were later deleted by authorities under the very system that Fang designed to snuff out information or comment that the government considers a threat to its authority. Read the rest of this entry »

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Angered bystanders smashed and overturned the military vehicle in central China

Posted by Author on May 16, 2011


An angry mob scuffled with police and overturned a military vehicle in the central Chinese province of Hubei on Saturday after a military officer used a gun to intimidate an old man blocking his way, local citizens and police said.

The officer’s vehicle bearing the plate “Kong (Air Force) L20417” had approached a busy downtown intersection between Renmin Road and Huafeng Road in Xiangfan city, where it came close to two motorbikes seemingly obstructed its path.

The officer in military uniform got out of the car, waving the gun towards the old man, one of the motorbike riders, threatening to open fire if he did not give way. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese Government Agents Send Fraudulent E-mails to Western Governments to discredit Falun Gong

Posted by Author on March 11, 2011


NEW YORK-In an elaborate attempt to discredit Falun Gong in the eyes of Western politicians, individuals in China sent e-mails to a U.S. senator’s office as well as officials in New Zealand disguised as messages from Falun Gong representatives.

One message sent to a U.S. senator’s office, which contained threatening and irrational language, was sent from an IP address traced to a government complex in Hubei province. The message dated January 12, 2011 was disguised as having been sent by Erping Zhang, one of Falun Gong’s main spokespersons. Read the rest of this entry »

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After Suffering Years of Torture, “Upstanding” Man on the Verge of Death in China Prison Camp

Posted by Author on September 21, 2010


The Falun Dafa Information Center, Sep 20, 2010 –

NEW YORK — A 55-year-old man is near death after suffering years of torture at the hands of Chinese police, according to multiple reports from China.

A resident of Wuhan, Mr. Liu Yunchao (刘运潮) is being held at the Fanjiatai Prison in Shayang, Hubei Province. In July 2009, Liu was “sentenced” in a sham trial to three years in prison for practicing Falun Gong. After over a year of torture, twice in August 2010 — on August 8 and August 30 — Liu’s family was notified that he was near death. Each time, they rushed to the prison to secure his access to a hospital and medical treatment. On both occasions, Liu was not allowed to go to the hospital.

According to family members, Liu was emaciated and unconscious. Read the rest of this entry »

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Biggest relocation in China since Three Gorges, 440,000 Affected

Posted by Author on August 13, 2010


By Clifford Coonan in Beijing, The Independent, UK, Friday, 13 August 2010 –

China’s growing thirst for water is driving one of the world’s biggest mass relocations, with 440,000 people leaving their homes to make way for a huge man-made canal project to channel water to drought-prone Beijing.

An advance party of 499 villagers were moved yesterday from their homes near Wuhan in Hubei province, China’s heartland, in preparation for one of the biggest irrigation schemes in history.

By the end of September, 60,000 people will have left the area. The remainder will be relocated by 2014, giving up their homes to make way for the South-North Water Diversion Project (SNWD) which will divert water from China’s largest river, the Yangtze.

“I am surprised nobody cried when the coaches left our village. Last night, we felt sorrow when the whole village gathered to have our last dinner in our home town together,” a villager named Wang told Xinhua news agency, leaving their town in Danjiankou, which by 2014 will be under 560ft of water.

The project is designed to take water from a section of the Yangtze, to satisfy demand in northern China’s drought-prone mega-cities, including the capital Beijing and the busy port of Tianjin. North China has only 20 per cent of the country’s water but 64 per cent of all arable land.

At least 440,000 residents will be relocated to make way for the first stage of the project’s eastern and central routes, with 330,000 of them living in Henan and Hubei provinces.

The last time China moved so many people was when it was building the £15bn Three Gorges Dam project, the world’s largest hydroelectric project, on the Yangtze in the late 1990s. Back then 1.4 million people were forced to move as their villages were submerged beneath a reservoir 410 miles long. The project was completed in 2006.

Environmentalists have criticised both projects and say that the dam scheme has caused ecological problems. The banks of the Yangtze are being eroded by the weight of the water behind the dam, hazardous landslides blight the area as water levels fluctuate wildly and huge waves crash against riverbanks. Construction of the dam flooded 116 towns and hundreds of ancient historical sites, but it remains a potent symbol of China’s technological prowess. However, the Three Gorges Dam project has given the Chinese valuable experience in moving large numbers of people…….(more details from The Independent)

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China police ‘mistakenly beat boss’s wife’ as petitioner in daylight outside government building

Posted by Author on July 22, 2010


BBC News, July 21, 2010 –

Three Chinese police officers have been disciplined for beating up the wife of a senior local official.

The men were reported to have mistaken Chen Yulian for a petitioner, trying to see officials about a grievance.

They attacked her as she was trying to enter her husband’s office building in Wuhan, Hubei province.

Analysts say the case highlights the rough treatment many Chinese petitioners say is meted out to them when they bring their complaints.

Chinese media have reported that the men were plain clothes officers, employed to subdue petitioners outside the government building.

Reports said Mrs Chen was knocked to the ground in the incident last month and beaten for more than 15 minutes before being detained.

The authorities said she suffered minor injuries but other reports said she was still struggling to walk.

It later emerged that the woman was in fact attempting to raise a grievance with officials, over the death of her daughter in what she believed was a case of medical malpractice.

But her husband’s position meant she could not speak to the authorities directly.

He was reported to be in charge of maintaining stability and looking after petitioners.


‘Battered’

“This incident is a total misunderstanding,” a local police bureau official was quoted by Shanghai Daily as saying.

“We didn’t mean to beat the wife of a big boss.”

But Chinese internet users have said Mrs Chen’s identity should not matter and that no petitioners should be subject to violence.

“Does this mean the police are not supposed to beat leaders’ wives, but the ordinary people can be battered?” the China Daily quoted one unnamed person as saying.

Thousands of petitioners attempt to air their grievances with local officials every day in China, often in disputes over land ownership or employment.

Many complain that they are treated roughly by security forces.

BBC News

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Chinese farmer fires homemade rockets to forced eviction teams to defend land

Posted by Author on June 8, 2010


Reuters, Tue Jun 8, 2010 –

(Reuters) – A Chinese farmer has declared war on property developers who want his land, building a canon out of a wheelbarrow and pipes and firing rockets at would-be eviction teams, state media said on Tuesday.

Yang Youde, who lives on the outskirts of bustling Wuhan city, in central Hubei province, says he has fended off two eviction attempts with his improvised weapon, which uses ammunition made from locally sold fireworks.

“I shot only over their heads to frighten them,” the China Daily quoted him saying of his attacks on demolition workers sent to move him off his land. “I didn’t want to cause any injuries.”

The rockets can travel over 100 metres, and exploded with a deafening bang, the official paper added. It did not say if anyone had been injured.

His approach is more aggressive than most, but Yang’s problem is a common one.

Anger over property confiscation is one of the leading causes of unrest in China, with many people forced to give up homes and land to make way for anything from roads to luxury villas.

Yang says the local government has offered him 130,000 yuan ($19,030) for his fields, on which they want to erect “department buildings”. He is asking for five times that amount.

Construction ditches have already been dug across the land of less obstinate neighbours.

A first eviction team attacked him in February after his rockets ran out, but local police came to his rescue. In May he held off 100 people by firing from a makeshift watchtower.

The government is planning to reform property confiscation rules, but rights groups say the changes do not go far enough to address the potentially destabilising issue.

Reuters

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Toxic Beans Scandal Exposes “Unspoken Rules” among Chinese Officials

Posted by Author on March 4, 2010


NTD TV, Mar. 4, 2010-

Another food safety scandal in China.

Last month Chinese agricultural authorities of Wuhan City in Hubei Province announced they had destroyed 3.5 tons of yard-long beans. The beans, produced in Hainan province, were found to contain the highly toxic and banned pesticide, isocarbophos.

Since then, public anger has emerged across China over officials who would rather cover up the scandal.

Officials from Sanya, the city where the contaminated beans came from, publicly criticized Wuhan authorities for violating “unspoken rules” among government officials—that scandals should be communicated internally before being publicized. One Sanya official also accused his Wuhan counterparts of lacking “team spirit” and “causing them to lose face.”

These comments from Sanya authorities have outraged the public. Many are dismayed that public safety is being put at risk so that officials can be spared losing face. Others say the so-called “unspoken rules” to cover up scandals by Chinese communist officials are more problematic than the toxins being added to food and other products.

NTD TV

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China: Laid-off Teachers, Workers Protest

Posted by Author on November 10, 2009


Radio Free Asia, 2009-11-10 –

HONG KONG— More than 100 laid-off elementary school teachers in central China petitioned the local government Tuesday over retirement pensions, members of the group said.

The teachers, who work for the education system in Dawu county of central China’s Hubei province, said they were angered over back premiums they would have to pay to be eligible to receive their pensions.

One protesting teacher surnamed Liu said the group had gathered in front of the county government’s Letter and Visit Office early Tuesday morning.

“Around 100 teachers have come, and we are petitioning over retirement pensions,” Liu said.

“The government asked us to pay 20,000 yuan (U.S. $2,928), but we’ve never had so much money in our whole life. How can we afford that?” he asked.

The teachers said that before they were laid off, their salaries were very low……. (more details)

Machine workers protest

In a separate development on Monday, around 100 laid-off workers in China’s southwestern Sichuan province also petitioned the local government over retirement pension, leading to a scuffle with police.

The workers, from the Changjiang No. 2 Hydraulic Machinery Factory in Luzhou city, had been laid off in 1990s, but had been informed that their benefits would end after the factory was recently sold to a real estate developer.

A protester who asked to remain anonymous said the workers had been forced to petition the government for assistance at the Luzhou city hall.

“Workers are now extremely anxious because the new owner will no longer take care of us. This is why we have to petition the government to pay attention to our benefits,” the worker said.

But rather than hear the concerns of the protesting workers, the Luzhou city government dispatched about 100 police officers to confront the workers, leading to a scuffle between the two groups.

The anonymous worker said the confrontation between elderly workers and young policemen left several protesters injured.

“Our workers are all in their 70s or 80s, but the police are all in their 20s and 30s, so you can imagine what happened when the two groups began to push and pull at each other,” the worker said.

“Three old workers were injured and sent to the hospital in ambulances. According to other protesters, the three remained in hospital at least through Monday night.”

Attempts to contact local officials by telephone went unanswered……. (more details from Radio Free Asia)

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Tens of thousands of Chinese fight the police in Shishou City, Central China

Posted by Author on June 22, 2009


By Malcolm Moore, The Telegraph, UK, June 22nd, 2009 –

It was a dramatic weekend
in the relatively small city of Shishou in Hubei province.

Tens of thousands of rioters torched a hotel and overturned police cars, accusing the authorities of trying to cover up the murder of a 24-year-old man as a suicide.

police cars overturned in Shishou City (from QQ)

police cars overturned in Shishou City (from QQ)

The deceased, Tu Yuangao, was the chef of the Yong Long hotel. According to the cops, he committed suicide by jumping off the roof of the building and left a note.

However, witnesses said there was no blood on the scene and Tu’s body was already cold just after it hit the ground. His parents were surprised that he left a suicide note, since he was allegedly illiterate.

There are plenty of rumours flying around – that two other employees at the hotel had died in the same way, that the boss of the hotel is related to the mayor of Shishou, that the hotel was a centre for the local drug business and Yu was killed for threatening to expose what was going on. There’s also a rumour that three further bodies have been found at the hotel.

There are more details and photos here (EastWestNorthSouth).

It’s a strange story, and it gets stranger. A huge mob, of anywhere between a few thousand to 70,000 people, depending on which report you read, quickly gathered outside the building to protect the body. Tu’s parents refused to let his corpse be taken away, claiming that it held vital evidence of the crime, and instead placed it inside the hotel on ice.

The crowd beat back waves of policemen. On Saturday, someone lit a fire inside the hotel, possibly to destroy the body, but it was saved.

Tu’s cousin apparently then armed himself with two barrels of gasoline and threatened to blow himself up if the body was taken.

The police restored order yesterday, imposed a curfew and took the corpse to a funeral parlour. There is still a lot of anger, however, and the website of the local government has been defaced by hackers.

What’s extraordinary is the speed in which the riot blew up, and the venom directed against the local authorities. Whatever was behind Tu’s death, there’s clearly something rotten in Shishou.

After months of calm, there have recently been a spate of riots being reported in the Chinese media, or on the internet.

Is this because media restrictions have been lifted, allowing news of riots to spread, or has there been a genuine increase in social tension in the countryside?

It is impossible to tell. China no longer publishes the figures for how many riots take place each year, but most people put the figure at around 80,000 and the vast majority go totally unnoticed.

The fact that there have been a dozen riots reported in the last couple of months may not demonstrate anything out of the ordinary. There is no theme that connects the recent protests – some are about property, some are work disputes, some are because of corruption.

But then again, a huge number of migrant workers are still out of work. Their factories have not recovered from the economic crisis. In the countryside, the harvest is finished and people’s savings may be running low. Perhaps the tinderbox is drier than usual.

UPDATE:  Overnight between Sunday and Monday over a thousand students rioted at Nanjing Industrial Technical School, smashing windows, television sets, their teacher’s cars and an on-campus supermarket.

A policeman was attacked, but the crowd was eventually subdued by hundreds of anti-riot police, according to blogs written by participants.

The students were enraged after being told that they would only graduate with a technical degree (the equivalent of high-school diploma) rather than the associate degree (just underneath a normal bachelor’s degree) they were promised at enrollment.

The Telegraph

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China: Rape Victim Accused of Killing Official Loses Freedom Again

Posted by Author on June 20, 2009


By Luo Ya, Epoch Times Staff, Jun 20, 2009 –

On June 16 the Badong County Court of Hubei Province issued a statement that declared Deng Yujia’s “freedom has been legally, fully restored.” Within 48 hours, that freedom had been taken away once again, although the Chinese people have been told she is free.

In a tape recording of a conversation of a blogger with Deng’s mother, the mother says Deng is now being held in a psychiatric hospital.

Deng, a waitress and pedicurist at a Badong resort, had been tried for killing a Communist Party official who was alleged to be raping her. Her act of resistance, subsequent arrest, and trial have captured the attention of people throughout China, with bloggers, former Communist Party officials, and even members of the state-run media writing in her defense. Approximately 500 supporters showed up outside her trial, even though the trial date had not been announced in advance.

The court’s decision, which claimed to give Deng her freedom, found her guilty but did not impose any punishment. The court claimed to give her leniency, in part because of her “bearing limited criminal liability,” meaning that she was mentally ill.

That assertion was never proven at trial as no witness or evidence was presented. Bloggers who have followed this case closely assert that Deng has no mental illness. Nonetheless, the claim that she is mentally ill is now the apparent pretext for detaining her.

Wu Gan, a blogger who goes by the pen name of Tufu, has supported Deng. On the 18th, Tufu got in touch with Deng’s mother, Zhang Shuhai, and told her how Internet bloggers had collected money to help her family financially and in particular wished to offer Deng a quiet place in Beijing where she might recover from her ordeal. Zhang thanked the supporters but refused to take any money.

Tufu uploaded his conversation with Zhang to his blog on June 18. Part of what Zhang says in the recording is: “She is—I am not sure where she is.

“I am back home now, but I don’t know where she is.

“The authorities demand to treat her illness. She is out to a hospital. I am not with her now.”

The conversation with Zhang does not make clear when exactly Deng was detained in the hospital……. (more details from The Epochtimes)

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Chinese waitress walks free after killing official who demanded sex

Posted by Author on June 16, 2009


AFP, June. 16, 2009-

BEIJING (AFP) — A Chinese waitress convicted of killing an official who demanded sex walked free from court Tuesday, after a nationwide Internet campaign hailed her as a heroine for standing up to government sleaze.

In a case that sparked widespread outrage, Deng Yujiao, 21, was put on trial for stabbing to death a local official in central China in May, in what she said was self-defence after he tried to force himself on her sexually.

Deng, a waitress at a hotel in the city of Badong, was initially detained on suspicion of murder after the incident, in which she said the man hit her repeatedly after she refused his advances.

She also stood accused of injuring a second official who had made unwanted sexual advances.

Deng was eventually charged with the lesser offence of intentional assault — still punishable by death, according to the China Daily — as officials caved in to the massive public pressure generated on the Internet.

Internet users fed up with government corruption, abuse of power and official impunity quickly rallied to Deng’s cause, and her case became a symbol of injustice in a society tightly controlled by the ruling Communist Party.

On Tuesday, after a brief trial in Badong in Hubei province, Deng walked free despite being found guilty as charged, on the grounds of diminished responsibility, a judge at the court, who asked not to be named, told AFP.

The judge said the court had decided not to punish her as she had used excessive force in an act of self-defence, she had surrendered to the police, and the officials involved in the incident had made a “major mistake.”…… (More from AFP)

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China Regime Tries to Defuse Waitress Rape Case

Posted by Author on June 2, 2009


By Zhou Meihua, Epoch Times Staff,  Jun 2, 2009 –

The legal case that has grabbed the attention of ordinary people throughout China, in which on May 10 a waitress in China’s Hubei province allegedly killed a Communist official who she said was involved in a sexual assault on her, took a surprising turn last Sunday as the Chinese authorities described the killing in what might appear to be an exculpatory manner. Legal experts, though, say the charges against her remain unchanged.

The announcement, many believe, stems from the regime’s effort to appease the public during the run-up to the twentieth anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre on June 4 and occurs at the same time as measures meant to silence discussion of this explosive topic.

According to a Xinhua news release of last Sunday, on May 10 the waitress Deng Yujiao at a karaoke-spa center, “was coerced by Huang Dezhi and Deng Guida to bathe with them.” When she refused, it was said, “she was violently pulled and pushed around [by the two officials] and was also verbally assaulted.”

Under such circumstances, says the news release, the waitress’s stabbing of the two officials, which killed one and injured the other, is considered by the police “excessive self-defense.”

According to bloggers, the decision is widely seen as the Chinese authority’s attempt to alleviate the widespread anger among the people, who believe that the authority is trying to cover up a rape or attempted rape by communist officials.

Another Version

The Sunday news release offers yet another official description of what happened in the incident, in addition to three different earlier versions of the story.

Earlier, the waitress reportedly was asked by the official Huang Dezhi to provide “special service” (meaning sexual service), which was then changed to “bathing service” (a young woman giving a man a bath). Last Sunday’s version says she was coerced to “bathe with them.”

Besides, the waitress, instead of being “held down [on a sofa]” or “pushed to sit [on a sofa],” as the earlier versions said, is now said to be violently pulled and pushed around while being verbally assaulted.

No rape or attempted rape is implicated in the Xinhua statement.

The news release also says that Huang Dezhi, vice-director of the Investment Office of the town Yesanguan, has been expelled from the Chinese Communist Party and stripped of all his offices because he breached Party rules through accepting his client’s dinner invitation and through forcing a waitress to bathe with him.

In addition, the third official, Deng Zhongjia, who earlier had been left out of the picture by the authorities because “he did nothing illegal,” is said to have been fired from his job for the “bad influence he may have in society.”…… (more details from The Epoch Times)

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Sex and corruption in China’s Dream City

Posted by Author on June 2, 2009


By Kent Ewing, Asia Times Online, June 2, 2009 –

HONG KONG – Until recently, Deng Yujiao seemed an unlikely hero. The 21-year-old pedicurist worked in obscurity at the Xiongfeng Hotel in central Hubei province’s Badong county. The hotel’s Dream City leisure center is probably a euphemism for a brothel, but she was known only as a toenail cutter there until May 10.

On that night, she says she was assaulted by two government officials, one of whom slapped her repeatedly with wads of cash while insisting that she have sex with him. When the two men pushed her onto a sofa a second time, she recalls, she reached into her bag for a knife, an instrument she used in her trade, and began slashing away.

One of the officials, Deng Guida, the 44-year-old head of business promotion for the town of Yesanguan and the apparent would-be sex client, died from his wounds; his unnamed colleague, also 44, survived.

While there was little public sympathy for the dead man or his injured cohort, suddenly a previously unknown pedicurist working in a seedy hotel was being hailed by Chinese netizens as a champion of women’s rights and hero of the underclass. Women’s groups, including the semi-governmental All-China Women’s Federation, took up her cause, and even state media picked up her story, which has become a national sensation.

Until last week, that is, when the country’s censor tsar, jittery about public ire manifested in any form as the 20th anniversary of the June 4 Tiananmen Square crackdown approaches, decided to pull the plug.

“Hubei’s case concerning Deng Yujiao,” a gag order from the Central Publicity Department stated, “has been under judicial investigation in accordance with the law, and news organizations should halt following up the case temporarily and call back journalists working in Hubei immediately.”

Since the department issued this edict, two journalists – Kong Pu of the Beijing Times and Wei Yi of the Nangfang People Weekly – have reportedly been beaten and detained as they attempted to interview Deng Yujiao’s grandmother, and Yesanguan has been sealed off by local authorities……. ( More details from Asia Times Online)

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China allows horse race gambling 60 years after Mao banned it

Posted by Author on December 1, 2008


Saibal Dasgupta, TNN, via Times of India, 30 Nov 2008 –

BEIJING: Mao Zedong abolished organised gambling after the Communist Party acquired power in 1949. Organised gambling on race horses returned to China on Sunday after a span of nearly 60 years since Mao declared gambling along with opium as a serious vice that had to be eliminated.

The first event of betting of race horses took place today in Wuhan in Hubei province in central China.

Spectators were allowed to bet on four horses at the Orient Lucky City racecourse, the official Xinhua News Agency said. The Chinese constitutions still regards gambling as a serious illegality, which is what makes the decision to allow horse race gambling very significant……. (more details from Times of India)

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Central China Hit by Taxi Driver Strikes

Posted by Author on November 26, 2008


Radio Free Asia, Nov. 25, 2008-

HONG KONG—Authorities in the central Chinese province of Hubei are scrambling to mediate a strike by taxi drivers, the latest in a string of industrial disputes to sweep China amid the global financial crisis.

Hundreds of taxi drivers entered the second day of a strike in Suizhou city over increased business costs.

“There is a new municipal government rule which requires each driver to pay a fee of 4,000 yuan (about U.S. $500),” a cab driver surnamed Zhang said.

Failure to do so by the end of the year would result in the confiscation of taxi licenses, she added.

Suizhou taxi drivers say they are currently making only about 100 yuan (U.S.$12) a day, and the new charge will virtually wipe out any profit. Talks between the drivers and city traffic management last week failed to reach a resolution.

Few taxis were visible on the streets of Suizhou Tuesday, as hundreds of taxi drivers gathered at the city’s railway station to petition the government. Drivers say one of their number was detained by the authorities……. (more details from Radio Free Asia)

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China blocks anti-corruption website for 6 months

Posted by Author on November 10, 2008


By Chris Thomas, SOH News, on Thursday November 6th, 2008-

Since May 2008 when the News Office of Hubei authorities illegally shut down the anti-corruption website “China’s supervision network”, the chief of the website Wang Jin-Xiang appealed to Hu Jin-Tao many times without any outcome. He also disclosed that the authorities’ blockade of the website was not supported by any legal documentation and banned him from filing a lawsuit.

Wang Jin-Xiang expressed at an interview with a reporter that the website has gained popularity among commoners, but the authorities accused us of news diversion. Without any legal procedure, a website that exposes the degenerated society of China and communist officials has been sealed off.

He said: [recording]

First, we believe that this practice is inconsistent with the law. Second, our network is to supervise government officials, which is not against the law. Our network, in fact, won the favour of people (in Here) people are allowed to speak. The phenomenon of corruption and law-breaking practices need to be exposed while our website is a platform to encourage freedom of speech. We demanded them to provide legal paper, which the Hubei Provincial Telecommunication Administration Bureau also refused to issue.”

He added: “China’s Supervision Network has been the interest of many righteous people, and petitioners involved in many wronged cases for redressing would also like to publicize their situation over the Internet, in the hope of gaining legal consultations. They often talk about their cases on this website.”

Finally, he also said that China’s Supervision Network is different from other websites in the Mainland, for it stands out as the most in nationwide participation and large web traffic with several tens of thousands of registered users. The deliberate act of the Chinese Communists in blocking the most concerned website in the Mainland is groundless and it’s also unreasonable to ban lawsuit’s against it’s illicit action.

The above news is brought to you by Fu Ming, Lou Lan and hosted by Chris Thomas for Inside China Today on SOH Radio Network.

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China: Prominent Advocate of Direct Local Elections is Disappeared by Authorities

Posted by Author on November 7, 2008


Human Rights in China (HRIC), November 04, 2008-

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Yao Lifa (姚立法), a teacher in Hubei province and prominent proponent of direct elections, disappeared on October 31, 2008, on the eve of the election of the Qianjiang Municipal People’s Congress in Hubei. Local authorities admitted that they were responsible. In 1987, Yao competed in the municipal election and became one of China’s first independent candidates in local elections.

Yao’s wife, Feng Ling, said that Yao left home to go to his school, the Qianjiang City Experimental Primary School, around noon on October 31. That evening, Feng received a two-word text message from Yao: “Take Care.” Feng called Yao’s cell phone many times, but Yao did not pick up.

On November 1, a director at the school, Chen Zhenfu, told Feng Ling on the phone that “Yao Lifa has gone out of town to study. Don’t worry.” But Chen refused to put Feng in touch with her husband. The school principal also hung up on Feng many times that day. When HRIC called the school to inquire about Yao, Chen finally said, “It was our unit’s decision to send Yao Lifa away to study.”

“The kidnapping of Yao Lifa clearly shows that the local authorities are willing to go to any measures to prevent the people from having a say in their government,” said Sharon Hom, executive director of Human Rights In China. “HRIC urges the authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Yao Lifa and respect citizens’ right to vote that is guaranteed by China’s constitution.”

On October 12, a little more than two weeks before Yao Lifa’s disappearance, the Qianjiang municipal government prevented Yao from attending a conference on “Election Law Reform and the Construction of China’s Rule-of-Law” organized by the law school of Zhongnan University of Economics and Law in Wuhan and other institutions. The authorities sent more than 20 people to keep him under round-the-clock surveillance.

Informed sources told HRIC that, as Qianjiang prepares to hold its municipal election on November 12, Yao Lifa has angered the local authorities by offering legal advice to the local people and exposing evidence of local government manipulation of the election. Yao Lifa was previously put under house arrest during the Beijing Olympics in August 2008 and the 17th National Party Congress in October 2007.

On November 3, Yao Lifa’s son, Yao Yao, used the Open Government Information (OGI) regulation that went into effect in May 2008 to ask the Qianjiang municipal government to make public information on his father’s disappearance.

Since 1987, Yao Lifa has been competing in the elections of the Qianjiang Municipal People’s Congress as a “self-nominate” citizen candidate. In 1999, when he won a seat in the 4th Qianjiang Municipal People’s Congress, he was among China’s first successful group of “self-nominated” candidates elected to local congresses. As a deputy for five years, he was active in protecting the basic rights of the people, and offered constructive criticism of the government. Yao Lifa has for many years helped villagers elect their deputies, and has become the symbol of the people’s push for democratic local elections.

Human Rights in China

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Pond in Central China Mysteriously Disappears, 4th Time in Past 60 Years

Posted by Author on May 8, 2008


By Feng Yiran, Epoch Times Staff, May 06, 2008-Guanyin Tang suddenly dried up

A massive amount of water from Guanyin Tang (Guanyin Pond) in Hubei Province disappeared on the early morning of April 26, according to Enshi Evening News on May 2, 2008.

Guanyin Tang, located in Baiguo Township, Enshi City of Hubei, was a circular pond that normally holds about 80,000 cubic meters of water. The emerald green colored water was usually level with the surrounding land. The pond never lost much water by evaporation.

(Photo: Guanyin Tang suddenly dried up. / Online snapshot collected by The Epoch Times)

At 7 a.m. on April 26, one villager noticed that the Guanyin Tang’s water level had fallen considerably, butvillager Chen catched two large fishs it was not clear why. He noticed that the pond was swirling with thunderous thumping sounds. The green pond vanished within five hours. Many villagers flocked to the now dry pond to see it for themselves. They were astonished at what had occurred. The pond, once near 100 meters in diameter and tens meters deep, is now dried up with mud deposits lying at the bottom. A villager Chen said he was able to catch two large fish weighing about 25 pounds each.

(photo: A villager catched large fish. / Online snapshot collected by The Epoch Times)

According to the Gazetteer of Baiguo Township, a similar incident previously occurred three times at Guanyin Tang— in 1949, 1976 and 1989. Curiously, each time correlates to a significant historical event: in 1949 the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) usurped state power; in 1976 the arrest of the Gang of Four[1] was preceded by the deaths of the three CCP statesman Zhou Enlai, Zhu De and Mao Zedong; and 1989 saw the June 4 Tiananmen Square Massacre.

Some scholars point out that Chinese history has revealed the relationship between the universe (Heaven) and man― the Mandate of Haven determined human events. All that man did was entirely based on the manifestation of Heaven’s will; the social order, the rules of human conduct and human ideals were all underlined by the manifestation of this will. As such, when a dynasty enjoyed favorable climatic, geographical and human conditions, the people lived a life of peace and stability during the dynasty; but when a country had corrupt leadership the people would exhibit completely immoral behavior, thus incurring natural and man-made calamities like the disappearing of Guanyin Tang. They suggest that when these unusual astronomical phenomena happen frequently, the world will soon undergo a tremendous change.

[1] Note:
The “Gang of Four” was formed by Mao Zedong’s wife Jiang Qing (1913-1991), Shanghai Propaganda Department official Zhang Chunqiao (1917-1991), literary critic Yao Wenyuan(1931-2005) and Shanghai security guard Wang Hongwen (1935-1992). They rose to power during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) and dominated Chinese politics during the early 1970s.)

– Original report from The Epochtimes: Pond in Hubei Province Mysteriously Disappears

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House Church Building Banned By Chinese Government Officials

Posted by Author on January 29, 2008


Press Release, China Aid Association, Jan 28 2008-

Hubei – China Aid has learned that House Church members in, Jiang’an District’s Wuhan City were banned from using their building by Government officials on October, 31 of 2007. Officials declared that pastor Zhao Fuhai and his congregation were in violation of State regulations by holding worship services in an “unregistered religious site”. They then confiscated 3,000 Yuan from the offertory box before banning the building from being used by the church. The congregation must now search for an alternate location to hold services in.

Fear of reprisals from Government officials is a constant threat to house church members, who simply wish to worship in freedom and security. The Government’s action towards this house church, as well as countless others, is clear proof that the CPC is not progressing in its stance on religious freedom, but rather increasing its persecution among the house church in China……. (more details from China Aid Association)

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Dry, Polluted, Plagued by Rats: The Crisis in China’s Greatest Yangtze River

Posted by Author on January 19, 2008


Jonathan Watts in Beijing, The Guardian, UK, Thursday January 17 2008-

The waters of the Yangtze have fallen to their lowest levels since 1866, disrupting drinking supplies, stranding ships and posing a threat to some of the world’s most endangered species.

Asia’s longest river is losing volume as a result of a prolonged dry spell, the state media warned yesterday, predicting hefty economic losses and a possible plague of rats on nearby farmland.

News of the drought – which is likely to worsen pollution in the river – comes amid dire reports about the impact of rapid economic growth on China’s environment.

The government also revealed yesterday that the country’s most prosperous province, Guangdong, has just had its worst year of smog since the Communist party took power in 1949, while 56,000 square miles of coastline waters failed to meet environmental standards.

But the immediate concern is the Yangtze, which supplies water to hundreds of millions of people and thousands of factories in a delta that accounts for more than 40% of China’s economic output. According to the Chinese media, precipitation and water levels are at or near record lows in its middle and upper stretches.

The scale of the problem was revealed by the Yangtze water resources commission in a report on the Xinhua news agency’s website yesterday. It said that the Hankou hydrological centre near Wuhan city found the river’s depth had fallen to its lowest level in 142 years.

The measurement confirmed fears raised in recent weeks by the appearance of islands and mud flats not normally seen at this time of year. Local farmers reported far more ships than usual being trapped in unnavigable shallow waters.

Jianli county is among the areas suffering water shortages. Officials say the problem has grown worse in the past decade, raising concerns of a link to climate change.

“Before 1996, we were short of water for three months of the year, but now there are only three months when we can use water as normal,” Wu Chunping, the vice-manager of Jianli county’s water utility, was quoted as saying by Xinhua. “I heard that the water level will drop further in February.”

Li Lifeng, director of the freshwater programme of WWF China, said: “The major worry is for aquatic species and birds. If the water level goes too low they will lose a huge level of habitat.”

Among the endangered animals likely to be affected are the finless porpoise and the Chinese sturgeon, which returns to the sea at this time of year.

With the Yangtze three times as crowded with traffic as the Mississippi, conservationists fear the animals will be torn up by boat propellers or contaminated by more concentrated pollution from the 9,000 chemical plants along the Yangtze. Birds such as the Siberian crane may also suffer from the impact on their wintering area.

Local media have expressed concern that the drought could lead to a plague of rats similar to the one near Dongting lake last year after a drought was followed by fast-rising waters that drove the vermin to seek food in farm fields. “When the waters fall, the reeds die and the rats are driven inland in search of food,” said an official in the Yueyang farming and aquatic bureau who declined to give his name.

Original report from the Guardian

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China’s Longest River at Lowest in 142 Years

Posted by Author on January 19, 2008


Reuters, Jan 17, 2008-

BEIJING, Jan 17 (Reuters) – China’s longest river, the Yangtze, is suffering from a severe drought this year with water levels in some areas falling to the lowest in 142 years, state media said on Thursday.

China is suffering its worst drought in a decade, which has left millions of people short of drinking water and has shrunk reservoirs and rivers.

Hardest hit are large swathes of the usually humid south, where water levels on several major rivers have plunged to historic lows in recent months.

On Jan. 8, the Yangtze water level at Hankou plunged to 13.98 metres (46 ft), the lowest since records began in 1866, the China Daily said on Thursday, quoting the Wuhan-based Changjiang Times.

“This year’s drought is rare,” Li Changmin, a farmer from central Hubei province, was quoted as saying. “Just days ago, I saw ship after ship running aground. I have never seen that before.”

Since October, more than 40 ships have run aground in the main course of the Yangtze, the world’s third longest river which stretches 6,300 km (3,900 miles) from west to east, the traditional dividing line between north and south China.

This year’s dry season came a month earlier than usual and water levels fell sooner than expected, an official was quoted as saying.

“Also, large amounts of water were stored at the Three Gorges Dam last month, which caused the flow volume in the river to fall 50 percent. But the Yangtze River Water Resource Commission said the drought has nothing to do with the dam,” the China Daily said.

The Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydroelectric project, is an engineering feat that seeks to tame the Yangtze.

Backers say the dam will end devastating floods downstream and generate clean electricity. Critics call it a reckless folly that has brought wrenching dislocation for many people.

Drought and floods are perennial problems in China but meteorologists have complained about the increased extreme weather, pointing to global climate change as a culprit.

Original report from Reuters

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