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Forced Eviction Death in Eastern China Sparks Clashes with Police

Posted by Author on May 14, 2011


Clashes broke out between police and residents in a forced eviction stand-off in Lianyungang city in northeastern Jiangsu province on Friday after an evictee died, officials and local residents said.

The standoff began after hundreds of demolition workers approached the home of Shizhuang village resident Liu Zengluo early Friday, relatives and local residents said.

Liu died after confronting the demolition gang, but the official version of his death and those of his relatives differed sharply. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese Christians Persecuted in Two China Provinces Henan and Jiangsu

Posted by Author on March 7, 2011


(Henan and Jiangsu – March 7, 2011) On the afternoon of March 1, agents from the DSPS (Domestic Security Protection Squad) of Xiayi County, Henan Province came to a house church in Hanzhen Town and took away three Christians, two of whom were women. The agents seized copies of the Bible, over 1,000 yuan of cash and copies of a book titled “A Stormy Life” by Zhang Mingxuan, president of the Chinese House Church Alliance.  After the DSPS agents conducted an interrogation that lasted over three hours, they released the three Christians and warned them not to associate with Pastor Zhang Mingxuan.  The agents also accused them of believing in a cult.

At 7 p.m. on March 4, Public Security Bureau agents from Suqian, Jiangsu Province went to Nanyang, Henan Province and took Pastor Shi Enhao, vice-president of the Chinese House Church Alliance, back to Jiangsu for detention. The latest update is that he was released on March 6. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Central China, China, Christianity, Freedom of Belief, Henan, Human Rights, Jiangsu, Law, News, People, Politics, Religion, Religious, SE China | Comments Off on Chinese Christians Persecuted in Two China Provinces Henan and Jiangsu

Source of Organs for Transplants a Mystery in China- No voluntary donations in Nanjing City for a year

Posted by Author on March 6, 2011


Each year 1.5 million people in China need an organ transplant, but no one wants to donate. This was shown in a recent study reported by the Yangtse Evening Post. After one year, a pilot organ donation program in Nanjing City found zero volunteers.

The Feb. 24 piece in the Post said Nanjing was one of the ten cities chosen for the 2010 pilot because of its rapidly expanding population of 6.3 million. Not only were there no takers last year, but over the past 20 years there were only three voluntary donations, the article said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kindergarten Children punished by applying electric iron on faces- Teacher Not Properly Punished, Parents Say

Posted by Author on December 26, 2010


By Quincy Yu, Epoch Times Staff, Dec. 26, 2010 –

A teacher at a private kindergarten in Xinghua City, Jiangsu Province, chose an unusual and painful form of punishment for seven young children who had spoken out of turn in her class on Dec. 14: she applied an electric iron to their faces. Two of the children had to be taken to hospital.

Local Communist Party authorities in a press conference on Dec. 18 explained that the teacher had assumed that the iron was no longer hot when she pressed it on the faces of the children, since it had been unplugged for a while. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Children, China, Education, Family, Incident, Jiangsu, Law, News, People, SE China, Social, World | 1 Comment »

UFO Frequently Visits China Recently

Posted by Author on September 28, 2010


Recently, reports of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFO) have been occurring frequently in China.

On July 7 this year, more than 20 flights were postponed at Xiaoshan International Airport in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, because of a sighting.

Whenever such reported sightings occur, Wang Sichao, a research fellow at the Purple Mountain Observatory (PMO) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, is much busier than usual. In addition to studying the sightings, Wang, who started work on UFOs nearly 40 years ago, has to check and reply to mail about UFOs from all across China.

Lately, Wang predicted “great events” concerning UFOs were going to come out in China in the next two years. In an interview with Beijing Review, he shared his views and stories with reporter Tang Yuankai. ……(more details from Beijing Review)

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China reports fresh cholera outbreak- at least 19 cases detected

Posted by Author on September 11, 2010


AFP, Sep. 10, 2010 –

BEIJING — Nearly 20 middle school students have been diagnosed with cholera in eastern China, the government has said, in the second outbreak of the potentially fatal disease in the nation in a month.

A total of 19 cases have been detected at a school in Huaian city in Jiangsu province, prompting health authorities to issue a warning for the region and urge increased disease monitoring, the Jiangsu government said Thursday.

The students began falling ill on September 2, displaying common symptoms including fever, abdominal pain and serious diarrhoea and vomiting, it said in a statement.

The city is on the border with Anhui province, where authorities covered up a cholera outbreak for 12 days last month out of fears that publicising it would shock the local population, state media said earlier this week.

The Anhui health department acknowledged Tuesday that at least 38 people in the province had been sickened with cholera since August 16, with all patients already out of hospital and no new cases discovered this month.

Cholera can be fatal if not treated quickly and normally breaks out in impoverished regions with poor sanitation. Reports of cholera in China have become increasingly rare in recent years.

It was not immediately clear if the strain of cholera found in Anhui was the same as the one detected in Huaian.

No fatalities have been reported in either outbreak. (AFP)

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Tens of Thousands in Standoff with Police in Eastern China Over Land Grabs By Officials

Posted by Author on July 20, 2010


By Rona Rui, Epoch Times Staff, July 19, 2010 –

Yet another large-scale violent clash has broken out between angry villagers and police over land grabs by government officials in China’s eastern Jiangsu Province, this time involving tens of thousands of protesters. Local media made no mention of the incident.

During the five-day standoff between July 14 and July 18, several thousand villagers took over the government building while the government called in riot police. At one point the crowd of angry protesters grew to as many as twenty to thirty thousand.

The incident took place in Gaoxin District, Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province. It began when thousands of local villagers from Tong’an Township of Gaoxin District gathered at the township government building. They came to express their indignation over the local government’s illegal takeover of their farmland. Tens of thousands of mu (1 mu = 0.16 acre) had been illegally expropriated during the past seven years without fair compensation to the villagers.

When the villagers found officials unresponsive, they became angry and took over the government building, breaking some equipment and bringing government business to a halt as officials fled.

On the morning of July 16 the government called in approximately 500 riot police to break up the protest. While most villagers had gone home to rest, riot police started attacking the remaining protesters.

According to local residents, the riot police beat up the several hundred remaining villagers in order to drive them away. Enraged villagers retaliated with bricks and beer bottles. Dozens of villagers were injured and taken to hospital. Several dozen more were arrested. The confrontation lasted about half an hour.

The police violence caused even greater anger among the villagers. After sunrise on July 17, local residents and relatives of those arrested, proceeded to blockade National Highway 312 in Gaoxin district to continue their protest.

Many more local residents rushed to the blocked highway during the day. According to local residents, villagers from surrounding communities also came to support the protest, and at one time there were as many as twenty to thirty thousand.

Witnesses at the scene told The Epoch Times that in 2003 under the guise of constructing new high-tech industrial parks, the local government started to forcefully take away land from farmers. The farmers never received the compensation promised by the government, and the tens of thousands of mu of farmland had lain deserted for the past six plus years. Recently the local government started to auction off the land at prices ten or more times the purchase price. The government’s unjust compensation caused great resentment among local residents.

The incident has alarmed the city government of Suzhou. The communist party secretary of Suzhou rushed to the area on July 18 and held a meeting with local officials to discuss countermeasures. The government also dispatched more police from the surrounding cities of Wuxi and Zhangjiagang. There were several thousand police.

No additional information of further police crackdowns was available at the time of this article submission.


News Censored

During these several days of conflict, no local media reported the incident. Internet blog postings by eyewitnesses were quickly deleted by the regime. Local residents expressed hope that more media would come to the scene to experience the severity of the situation.

Forced land expropriation, forced relocation, government corruption and police brutality are commonplace in China and have become a source of anger and unrest in many areas. The Epoch Times and other media have recently reported on several large-scale protests in different areas of the country.

On July 5, ten thousand villagers in China’s southeastern Jiangxi Province staged a protest against police brutality, relocation and corrupt local officials. The relocation of villagers was ordered by local authorities because villagers had expressed concern over health issues arising from pollution by a local mining company. The enraged citizens, armed with bricks and stones, smashed town hall windows and turned over police cars in response to police beating two women petitioners into a coma.

On June 11, ten thousand citizens had a standoff with police in Maanshan City, Anhui Province over a student being assaulted by a local official. Military police and riot police were dispatched to break through the crowd with batons, shields and tear gas. Many people were injured. Local media did not report on the massive protest.

The use of force and media control are two of the means by which the Chinese communist regime attempts to maintain social stability.

The Epochtimes

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Elderly Man Self-immolates to Protest Forced Relocation in South China

Posted by Author on February 4, 2010


Epoch Times Staff, Feb 3, 2010-

68-year old Zeng Huanjia of Yancheng City, Jiangsu Province poured gasoline over himself and set himself on fire in front of his home on Yingbin Road,

68-year old Zeng Huanjia of Yancheng City, Jiangsu Province poured gasoline over himself and set himself on fire in front of his home on Yingbin Road,

At about 3:15 p.m. on Jan. 26, 2010, 68-year old Zeng Huanjia of Yancheng City, Jiangsu Province poured gasoline over himself and set himself on fire in front of his home on Yingbin Road, causing extensive burns. He was sent to Shanghai Reijin Hospital for treatment and his condition is still critical.

At about 3:00 p.m. on Jan. 26, 2010, three policemen from the local public security bureau came to subpoena Zeng Huanjia’s eldest son, who was not at home. They met Zeng Huanjia who had just come home. The policemen stopped him at the door and told him: “If your son does not show up, we will force him to go.” Zeng did not want to accept the subpoena notice, so he said: “you are pushing me to death.” Then he ran out into the road and set himself on fire.

Policemen Standby without Helping

Mrs. Sun, Zeng’s neighbor, told The Epoch Times: “I was at home when I heard screams outside. We went out and saw him on fire. There were many people surrounding him. I called 110 (emergency number) for help. I was shaking.”

Mr. Shang, Zeng Huanjia’s son-in-law, said, “When Zeng’s youngest son went out, Zeng was already on fire. He yelled for help, so four of us rushed out to extinguish the fire. The three policemen were watching from behind. It took us a while to put out the fire, about 30 minutes. Later one of the policemen who had just graduated from school got a fire extinguisher. The other two stood aside and stole the subpoena notice that was left at our home.”….. (more details from The Epochtimes)

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Riot Police and Strikers Clash at South China Manufacturing Plant

Posted by Author on January 18, 2010


By Gu Xiaohua and Gu Qing’er, Epoch Times Staff, Jan 18, 2010 –

Protesters hold a banner that reads: "Evil Factory! Return My Annual Bonus." (The Epoch Times)

Thousands of striking workers clashed with over 300 riot policemen at a manufacturing company in Jiangsu Province on Jan. 15. Workers were striking over hazardous working conditions and news that their annual bonuses would not be paid.

Lianjian Technology Co. Ltd. in the city of Suzhou manufactures liquid crystal displays for cell phones. Around 7:00 a.m. on Jan. 15, 800 of the company’s 13,000 workers protested at the gate, holding banners that read “Evil Factory!” and “Return My Annual Bonus.”

On Jan. 15 thousands of workers of Lianjian Technology Co. Ltd. in Suzhou City of Jiangsu Province went on strike. (th Epochtimes)

Company leaders came out, threatening workers that no bonuses would be paid if they continued to protest. The workers responded with increased anger, and more people joined the protest.

Company leaders then called for riot police to suppress the uprising. Mr. Liu (alias) a company staff member, told The Epoch Times reporter: “Hundreds of policemen with batons and shields blocked the roads. They dispersed the crowd and beat people without even asking who they were.”

He characterized the police actions as “vicious,” and said that, at one point, he saw seven or eight of them beating one person. He was also aware of seven or eight workers who were injured.

“One woman was hit with a baton and lost consciousness, but they still dragged her away. We were so angry at seeing that, we threw stones at the police,” Liu said.

Injured riot police were quickly dispatched to a hospital. Workers, several of whom were severely injured, were left unattended and eventually taken to hospitals by their fellow workers.

The crowd dispersed around noon, and the company closed for the afternoon. Workers are debating whether to resume work or not. They have asked company authorities to release workers who were arrested.

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Taxi drivers confront officials in southeastern China over unlicensed competitors

Posted by Author on January 13, 2010


Radio Free Asia, Jan. 12, 2010-

HONG KONG— Hundreds of taxi drivers in southeastern China have staged a strike in protest against government inaction on shutting down “black taxis” or unregistered cabs, according to strikers and local government officials.

One taxi driver, who declined to give his name, said that more than 800 protesters drove their taxis to the front of Yancheng City Hall in Jiangsu province Monday, demanding local authorities crack down on the illegal operators who were causing them to lose business.

“We can’t get customers now because they are being grabbed up by black cabs. The black cabs are driven by disabled people and their minimum charge is only five yuan (U.S. $0.70). That is too cheap,” the driver said.

“Driving a taxi is a profitable business, but it is hard to get an operator’s license from the government. Those disabled people want to make money [anyway].”

Another driver surnamed Chen said that not only do unregistered taxi drivers lack licenses, but many lack drivers’ licenses too.

“Nonetheless, they dare to openly operate on the roads,” Chen said.

“We’ve reported this problem many times, but the relevant management turned a deaf ear to our complaints. Even the city government doesn’t want to tackle the problem and has neglected their duties for almost two months since we brought it up,” he said.

According to the taxi drivers, black cabs are often privately owned cars that have been remodeled to appear as normal taxis.

They complained that the drivers of unregistered cabs often lack insurance, leaving passengers with little recourse for compensation in the event of an accident.

Strike leads to scuffle

Authorities in Yancheng dispatched a number of police officers on Monday, including special police, to deal with the cab drivers at city hall. The two sides scuffled, but no one was injured during the confrontation.

“The police wanted to take away several demonstrators, but we stopped them,” said another driver who asked not to be named…….(more details from Radio Free Asia)

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China Democracy Activist Guo Quan Sentenced 10 Years for Subversion

Posted by Author on October 20, 2009


NTDTV, 2009-10-20 –

A former Chinese judge and university professor has been found guilty of “subversion of state power” and given a 10-year prison sentence. Guo Quan had challenged China’s one-party rule.

Guo had been detained several times since 2007 for things like posting articles on the Internet that called for a democratic system in China. In 2008, he founded the New Democracy Party of China.

Guo’s online postings eventually became a target of China’s Internet police, and he was fired from his job at Nanjing Normal University. Last November, he was arrested in Nanjing and has been detained ever since.

On Friday, the Suqian Intermediate People’s Court in Jiangsu Province found Guo guilty of so-called “subversion of state power.” The ill-defined charge is often used by the communist regime to suppress political dissidents.

One legal expert told Sound of Hope Radio that the verdict is against China’s own constitution.

[Professor Zhang Zanning, Chinese Law Expert]:
“This is like the modern literary inquisition. Legally, it doesn’t have a foot to stand on. Doesn’t China’s constitution allow the freedom of expression and the freedom of association? So this verdict violates the constitution.”

NTDTV

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Mother Discovers Meaning of ‘Subversion’ in China

Posted by Author on August 17, 2009


By Yun Gao, Epoch Times Staff Aug 17, 2009 –

One by one individuals in China are coming to recognize that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is not the future for China. In a courtroom in Jiangsu Province, a CCP member suddenly came to look upon the Party in a new light, as she watched her son be tried on the charge of “subversion.”

Prof. Guo Quan, who has endured several arrests the last few years, was arrested this last time on Nov. 13, 2008. His mother, Ms. Xiao Gu, says that she “had never understood the thoughts of my son.” Yet, as she left the courtroom on Aug. 7, she shouted: “Son, you are great! I am proud of you!”

These words marked a dramatic reconciliation of Ms. Gu to her son’s path of political dissidence.

Open Letters on the Internet

Prof. Guo first went public with his criticism of the CCP in an open letter he published on the internet addressed to CCP head Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao. The letter called for China adopting a truly democratic system in which multiple parties would compete in elections.

Other letters followed. In one he called for the military forces to be placed under national, rather than Party, control. In another he called for the protection of the rights of the workers who lost their jobs during the privatization of state-owned companies.

Retribution came swiftly. Professor Guo was forbidden to teach—he was an associate professor at Nanjing Normal University—and was expelled from the Democratic League. The Democratic League is one of eight fake political parties controlled by the communist party, whose purpose is to give China the appearance of having a democratic system.

Chinese New People’s Party

Three days after being expelled from the Democratic League, Professor Guo launched a party called the Chinese New People’s Party. The name New People’s Party was chosen because Guo wanted to distinguish it from parties like the Democratic League……. (more details from The Epochtimes)

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Outbreak of lead poisoning in south China province

Posted by Author on January 2, 2009


by Michael Anderson, SOH Radio Inc, December 30th, 2008 –

Over forty children from Xinshanhe Village in Pizhou city in Jiangsu province have been diagnosed with lead poisoning. Locals claim that these are the results of polluted air pumped out by a local lead alloy company. It severely contaminates the air of villages around the factory. Villages also claim that they have been stopped from taking their children to Beijing for treatment and that the company in question is being protected by local communist officials due to the large amount of tax it pays.

Mr Hwang from Xinshanhe village says that he took his child to Beijing for a medical checkup in the beginning of the month on two occasions, and both times he was forcibly taken back home by Beijing officials and Chunxin personnel. He says they were then beaten. He says that this has happened to other people around the village. They have been prohibited from getting treatment in Beijing. They are restricted by local officials to receive treatment in Nanjing.

ChunXin Alloy Corporation has been operating for 20 years, and the polluted air extracted from its factories have caused many illnesses to residents in the region as well as agricultural losses. Mr Zhou also from Xinshanhe village says that there are dozens of people in the villages around him suffering from lead poisoning, especially children. He says that the fumes coming from the factory have a high lead content that falls into the water causing contamination of the water. This is then consumed by residents.

Mr Huang told reporters that Chunxin illegally took over acres of farmland to in order to expand its factory, and forced farmers to sign away their land. These farmers who have lost their lands and livelihood only managed to get back a few hundred dollars in compensation last year after years of trying.

SOH Radio Inc.

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China Toy Manufacturer’s Gifts List to Officials Exposed

Posted by Author on December 31, 2008


Epoch Times Staff  Dec 31, 2008 –

Chinese New Year is the gift season for businesses in China. A Nanjing toy manufacturer’s list of gifts to governmental officials was accidentally revealed to the public on December 27, 2008. T

he list showed that Jiashide Toys Products paid 144,800 Yuan (approximately US$ 21,198) as “gifts” to Chinese officials in 2007.

According to the manufacturer’s records, Jiashide Toys manufactured and exported soft toys. The company shut down October 2008 for unknown reasons.

Many suppliers visited the factory recently to collect on outstanding accounts/debts amounting to over 400,000 Yuan (approximately US$58,552). The owner was nowhere to be found.

The debt collectors decided to ransack the factory to collect debt evidence and came across a list of 2007 New year’s “gifts” that were paid to regime officials.

The roster specifies more than 40 “gift” transactions, actually bribes, and detailed the names and the amount paid each individual. According to the recipient’s importance, the “gift amount” is staggered, from a high of 10,000 Yuan cash to supermarket vouchers worth 200 Yuan.

The list also detailed 94,000 Yuan of expenditures for gift cards, 24,000 Yuan cash, 17,800 Yuan in vouchers, and 9,000 Yuan worth of brand-name clothing—144,800 Yuan in all.

This disclosure once again showcases the common practice of merchants and others offering bribes in the form of “gifts” to Chinese officials during holiday time, hoping for a favour from the regime. There is no other way to do business in China at present—Chinese officials are the barriers to either smooth or rocky business transactions of any kind in China. These bribes are guarantees for business owners and could be looked on as “public relations between the regime and the citizens.”

The Epochtimes

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China Culls 377,000 poultry in East China After Finding Bird Flu

Posted by Author on December 18, 2008


By Lee Spears, The Bloomberg, Dec. 16, 2008 –

Dec. 16 (Bloomberg) — China culled 377,000 poultry in eastern Jiangsu province after finding the H5N1 strain of the avian-flu virus in chickens in the area, the Ministry of Agriculture said on its Web site.

The virus was found in poultry being raised in Dongtai city and Hai’an County, both in Jiangsu, the ministry said. There was no outbreak of the virus in the region, the statement said.

The areas where the poultry were raised have been disinfected, other poultry have been placed under quarantine, and transport of all poultry from the two areas has been halted, the statement said. Experts have been dispatched to the affected areas to survey the situation, it said.

Contact with migratory birds carrying the virus is one possible cause of infection in the poultry, the statement said. The announcement comes after dead chickens in Hong Kong last week tested positive for the H5N1 strain, and India culled more than 250,000 birds in its northeast to contain an outbreak.

At least 387 people in 15 countries have been infected with the deadly H5N1 strain of the avian-flu virus since 2003, according to the Geneva-based World Health Organization. Almost two of every three cases were fatal. China has had 30 bird-flu cases in humans and 20 deaths since December 2003, according to WHO.

THE Bloomberg

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China Professor Arrested for Democracy Activities

Posted by Author on November 15, 2008


By Gu Qinger, Epoch Times Staff, Nov 14, 2008 –

Associate professor of Nanjing Normal University and deputy chairman of the China New Democracy party, Guo Quan, was arrested in Nanjing City yesterday morning and charged with subversion of state power.

“He was arrested as he was taking our child out the door around 8:00a.m.,” said Guo’s wife, Li Jing. “[Police] showed his mother an arrest warrant which read ‘subversion of state power.’ I was not very clear what happened then. The police held me this morning in Gulou police station, and I was questioned before my release. About twenty policemen raided our house and took away his belongings.”

“He could be sentenced for subversion of state power,” police told Li Jing.

Two days ago, Guo posted on the Internet that he would file a case with two other dissidents: Wang Zhaojun, standing member of the Anhui Province Political Consultative Commission, and Zheng Cunzhu, a contact person for the China Democracy Party in the U.S. The case targeted NetEasy.net, a Chinese company on the U.S. stock market that promised to assist the Chinese authorities to filter contents related to Guo and his colleagues.

But that might not be the direct cause of Guo’s arrest. “Guo has been writing articles advocating Chinese democracy over the years and collaborating with overseas dissidents,” explained Zheng. “For example, he wrote a famous open letter to Chinese leaders calling for the establishment of a multiparty democracy in China on November 14 in 2007.”

– The Epochtimes: Deputy Chairman of China New Democracy Party Arrested

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China’s Organ Harvesting Confirmed By a Former Detention Center Prisoner

Posted by Author on May 3, 2008


By Li Jie, Epoch Times Staff, May 02, 2008-

In early 2006, The Epoch Times first exposed the Chinese Communist Party’s crime of harvesting organs from live Falun Gong practitioners. Since then new evidence continues to surface.

Recently a witness from Wuxi City, Jiangsu Province has come forward and revealed what he discovered during his detention in Wuxi City No.2 Detention Center. According to the witness, many cases of organ harvesting occurred during 2002.

He was detained from 2005 to 2007 because he made opposing comments about China’s unlawful control of personal speech and media. During his imprisonment he learned that not only death row prisoners were killed for their organs, but Falun Gong practitioners too. For the safety of the witness’s family in China, we will not disclose his name.

Reporter: Under what circumstance were you able to find out about the organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners?

Witness: Between March 2005 and early 2007, I was unlawfully imprisoned in Wuxi City No.2 Detention Center. To add insult to my injury, the prison guards repeatedly moved me from cell to cell. Each time I was moved to a different cell, the despicable guards told the inmates I was nuts and that they shouldn’t talk to me. The inmates were even instructed to give me a hard time. During my detention, I was kept in 17 different cells. Inmates that had been imprisoned for a long time told me that organs were harvested from about two or three Falun Gong practitioners in every cell between 2002 and 2003.

Reporter: How did the subject come up?

Witness: In the detention center, each inmate must have at least two physical examinations a year. During the examination, the veteran inmates quietly told me, “It’s time to harvest organs from these people. Look at those strong young men. It is their organs that will be harvested.”

Reporter: Who were those “strong young men”?

Witness: Death row inmates and Falun Gong practitioners. The doctors carefully examined these people, but hardly paid attention to other inmates. It is no longer kept a secret that organs are removed from death row prisoners. Executions are carried out before the Chinese New Year and October 1 every year, so physical examinations are made in January and September when the doctors check on the health of prisoners to determine which parts are fit for organ transplant. These veteran inmates have noticed that Falun Gong practitioners are examined with unusual care. This means they may be targeting them.

Reporter: How did these veteran inmates know that Falun Gong practitioners’ organs were harvested?

Witness: Falun Gong practitioners have their own spiritual belief. Those inmates think they are just obstinate. All it takes for practitioners to be released is to guarantee in writing never to practice Falun Gong again, but they will not do it. So they are subjected to beating and torture. Sometimes the guards will deny practitioners food. Other times the guards feed them pigswill or food spoiled by fungi. I know for a fact that there are two prison guards in each detention center in Wuxi whose job is to beat up inmates. They will beat and torture practitioners until they are nearly dead. Sometimes the prisoners suffer internal injuries that prevent them from eating. Sometimes their lips and mouths are injured by severe kicking, making them unable to eat. After administering saline solutions for two days, the guards will stop and ignore them. By then, these practitioners are half dead. The next day they are hauled out of the cell and their organs will be removed. We will never see them again.

Reporter: How can these inmates be certain these practitioners are killed for their organs, instead of being released?

Witness: You asked me how the veteran inmates know for sure if these practitioners are killed for their organs instead of being released? Firstly, these people will not promise to stop practicing Falun Gong, so there is no way they will be released. Second, practitioners are taken to an isolated room. Many doctors dressed in white will go to the room and collect them, and they are never seen again. One day a new prisoner was put in our cell. He told us that a practitioner’s family was arguing with the guards outside. They questioned why their relative had died so suddenly and why the body was cremated before it was shown to the family. The inmates were puzzled. After all, that practitioner was alive when he was removed from the cell two days ago. How could he die so suddenly? He must have been murdered. Why did they deny his family the right to see the body before cremation? It is because his organs had been removed. Think about it. They harvest organs from executed prisoners, why wouldn’t they go one step further?

Reporter: Does this happen to every cell? How often?

Witness: I was imprisoned for two years and kept in 17 different cells. In each cell, one inmate related real stories about practitioners being killed for their organs, often more than once. Even though I didn’t witness the crime in person, I did see how violently they beat up Falun Gong practitioners. The guards would bind them to a board with their limbs stretched out and keep them tied for long hours. They would not be allowed to visit the toilet. I have also witnessed guards prying open practitioners’ mouths with sharpened bamboo sticks for force-feeding or stuffing their mouths with wooden blocks. I have no idea if they have changed the way they operate now.

Reporter: In other words, inmates in detention centers knew about organ harvesting from live Falun Gong practitioners as early as 2002, before the crime was exposed to the world?

Witness: That’s right. Inmates from detention centers knew about it in 2002. When I read the reports about the organ harvesting after I left China, I totally believed and agreed in the accuracy of the reports.

Original report from The Epochtimes

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China: Jailed Writer to Receive PEN’s Freedom to Write Award

Posted by Author on April 20, 2008


By Ben Hurley, Epoch Times Australia Staff, Apr 16, 2008-Mr. Yang Tianshui

A Chinese dissident writer and Epoch Times contributor has been awarded the prestigious 2008 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award.

However Yang Tongyan will not be able to attend the award presentation night in New York later this month, as he is currently serving a 12 year jail term in China for “subversion of state power”.

(Photo: Renowned freelance writer Mr. Yang Tianshui from Nanjing City, China. /The Epoch Times)

Presented by International PEN, a global literary organisation and advocate of free expression, the award honours international literary figures who have been persecuted or imprisoned for exercising the right to freedom of expression.

“We are honouring an incredibly brave colleague of ours, once again in jail, for exercising the right to freedom of expression,” Larry Siems, Freedom-To-Write program director, told The Epoch Times.

“We hope that this award and attention will help him gain recognition and encourage his release.

“We hope that it will also bring attention to the 37 other writers in jail so they will also be released before the Olympic Games this summer.”

Mr Yang is known for his critical writings published on websites such as Epochtimes.com and Boxun.com, which include pieces written while in prison.

He ‘disappeared’ on December 23, 2005, having been detained without warrant in Nanjing on December 23, 2005, and held incommunicado at Dantu District Detention Centre in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province. Having heard nothing of his arrest or detainment, his family received a formal notification one month later from the Public Security Bureau of Zhenjiang City.

Mr Yang was convicted of subversion of state power for posting anti-government articles on the Internet, organizing a branch of the outlawed China Democracy Party, participating in China’s Velvet Action Movement and being elected as a member of its “Interim Government of Democratic China,” and accepting illegal funds from overseas to transfer to jailed political dissidents and their families.

He was sentenced on May 16, 2006 to 12 years’ imprisonment, after a three-hour trial that was closed to the public.

In previous pieces published on The Epoch Times website, Mr Yang publicly put forward concrete steps towards democratic reform, as well as praised individual actions against the communist regime’s information blockade.

In one article entitled “Yearn Hero Liu Chengjun”, published on Epochtimes.com on July 24, Mr Yang praises the actions of Falun Gong practitioner Liu Chengjun, who in March 2002 tapped into cable TV networks in Changchun city and Songyan city with several others, to broadcast highly-censored information about the state-led persecution of Falun Gong.

Mr Liu was arrested on March 24 after a large-scale search. He was sentenced to 19 years in prison by the Changchun People’s Intermediate Court on September 20, and passed away in the Jilin University Sino-Japanese Hospital on December 26, 2003, with evidence that he had undergone grueling, long-term torture in custody.

“In China, how many people have the capability and courage to use modern technology to strike the autocracy, except Liu Chenjun and his fellow Falun Gong practitioners?” lamented Yang Tongyan.

“Their action terrified the rulers, encouraged people who pursue freedom and democracy, and made those who have not realized the moral power of Falun Gong to be ashamed.

“No word can express our yearning and reverence to brother Liu Chengjun.”

Yang Tongyan is one of nearly 200 members of the Independent Chinese PEN Center, which was established in 2001 by dissident writers inside China and in the diaspora.

PEN has invited Yang’s lawyer, Mr Li Jianqiang, to travel from Beijing to accept the award on Mr Yang’s behalf at PEN’s Annual Gala on April 28 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Li, an ICPC member himself, has represented at least eight of the 38 writers and journalists PEN believes are imprisoned in violation of their right to freedom of expression in China. He had his license to practice law revoked last year for his efforts.

Original report from The epochtimes: Jailed Epoch Times Contributor to Receive Award

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Double Challenge to Communist Rule in China

Posted by Author on January 1, 2008


By Mure Dickie and Jamil Anderlini in Beijing, The Financial Times, December 26 2007-

In two highly unusual public challenges to core tenets of Communist rule in China, an academic has announced the launch of a democratic opposition party and farmers in four provinces have claimed ownership of land seized by local authorities.

Former Nanjing university professor Guo Quan on Wednesday claimed his “New Democracy party” enjoyed widespread backing for its goal of ending Communist “one-party dictatorship” and introducing multi-party elections. “We must join the global trend,” Mr Guo said. “China must move toward a democratic system.”

Separately, farmers in the provinces of Heilongjiang, Shaanxi, Jiangsu and the city of Tianjin have announced on the internet that they have reclaimed collective land from the government and redistributed it.

Collective land ownership is one of the foundations of the Communist state. But one of the main sources of unrest in China in recent years has been the seizure of land that is then sold to developers who often work with officials to make huge profits.

Authorities have already detained at least eight of the activists behind the internet statements, people familiar with the situation said on Wednesday.

China routinely detains or jails people whom officials judge to pose a threat to Communist party rule and has dealt harshly with past attempts to set up opposition groups.

In 1998 authorities detained dozens of people involved in setting up the “China Democracy party”. Some of its main organisers were sentenced to more than 10 years in jail.

This month’s land claims break new ground by appearing to be co-ordinated across widely separated regions of the country and by being based on presumed individual property rights.

On December 16, police in the northern province of Shaanxi detained Zhang Sanmin, Cheng Sizhong and Xi Xinji on suspicion of incitement to overthrow the state. The detentions came four days after they posted an open letter on the internet claiming to have asserted rights over 10,000 hectares of land in the name of 70,000 farmers.

That action came less than a week after the detention of Yu Changwu, leader of a group in the north-eastern province of Heilongjiang that claimed to represent 40,000 peasants in the reclamation of 100,000 ha of land.

In the eastern province of Jiangsu, two young couples were under effective house arrest after joining a group that asserted ownership of land confiscated by local officials to build hotels, discos and restaurants.

A fourth group in the northern port of Tianjin staked a claim on behalf of more than 8,000 people for 60 ha taken by officials for development.

The announcement of the new party and the land claims follows the release last month by a provincial government adviser, Wang Zhaojun, of a sweeping open letter indicting the nation’s entire political system.

– Original report from The Financial Times: Double challenge to Beijing orthodoxy

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Expelled by the Communist, Chinese Professor Becomes a New Democratic Party Chairman

Posted by Author on December 28, 2007


By Xin Fei, Epoch Times Staff, Dec 21, 2007-

Former associate professor of Nanjing Normal University Guo Quan, was expelled from the China Democratic League—one of China’s political flower vase organizations, because he continually publishes open letters promoting democratic reform in China. Soon after, he was invited to be the acting chairman of the newly established Chinese New People’s Party (CNPP) on December 17.
In an Epoch Times interview, Quo said that although the CNPP was just established, it already has 8,000,000 members; they are from all walks of life in China, including farmers who lost their land, workers who lost their jobs, retired military servicemen, students, etc.

Guo stressed that those who have been members of other democratic parties, as long as they oppose autarchy and promote democracy, they can also be members of the CNPP at the same time; but those who are members of the Communist Party must withdraw before joining the CNPP.

Removed for Publishing Open Letters

Since November 14, Guo started publishing his open letters to the nation’s leaders. On December 6, the Nanjing Normal University (NNU) Communist Party Commission stripped him of his professorship and made him a librarian. The authority also searched his house, confiscated some personal property, and interrogated him for 12 hours on the evening of December 7.

On December 13, the vice chairman and organization commissioner of the Democratic League Committee of NNU visited him and said, “Your open letters have brought great pressure on the Democratic League and Nanjing Normal University. We think firing you is too great a political price to pay, therefore we are here today to ask for your resignation.” Guo replied, “I will only accept being fired, I will not consider resignation.”

In the morning of December 14, the chairman and vice chairman of the Democratic League of NNU came to Guo’s office again to request his resignation, they said, “Your open letters have caused a great impact domestically and internationally, and placed the government in an awkward position. Your open letters opposing the Communist Party’s one party reign is against the constitution, the constitution stipulates that Chinese people can only support and must insist on the leadership of the Communist Party.

The constitution of the China Democratic League also firmly supports the leadership of the Communist Party. Therefore, we have solid ground to fire you. But it is our consideration that if we fired you, the Democratic League in Nanjing Normal University would not receive the party’s Advance Award for 10 years. Please consider the cost to the Democratic League and resign.”

Because Guo insisted on not resigning, on the afternoon of December 14, he received a notice from the “China Democratic League Nanjing Normal University Commission’s expelling him from League Membership.”

As the acting chairman of the CNPP, Guo is currently preparing his seventh open letter to the Chairman of the China Democratic League, Jiang Shusheng.

Founding the New Party to Awaken the Public

Guo stated that since 2002, he and his team have provided legal and technical assistance to human rights activists nationwide. As of now, his human rights defense team has more than 10 million members.

Since being expelled by the China Democratic League, the human rights team that Guo has worked for announced the transformation of the human rights organization into a new party, the CNPP. On December 17, the party entrusted him to take the post of acting party chairman.

Guo said the name of the CNPP has two meanings: one is to differentiate it from the other so-called democratic parties—political flower vases in China; the other is to educate people about democracy and thus awaken people. This is based on the concept of how the Chinese traditional culture inspires people’s wisdom.

Guo said that he was drafting the CNPP party’s constitution. And before China lifts the ban of forming a party, the CNPP will not carry on any form of registration in order to avoid the Communist Party’s suppression.

He said, “The CNPP is a democratic party completely open to the public. Regardless of religion, belief or social standing, as long as the person wholeheartedly supports democracy, they can claim themselves as a member.

But Guo specifically stressed those who have joined the Chinese Communist Party before must withdraw in order to join the new party.

Guo said that after China lifts the ban on forming parties, this party will carry on the registration in accordance with the new law. The election of the party chairman will commence immediately afterwards, any member of the CNPP can announce candidacy. Before that Guo will be acting chairman.

Uniting All Forces Opposing Dictatorship

Guo said forming the CNPP has great significance because China has a large number of people with courage and wisdom that support democracy. But their strength cannot be brought into full play without being united.

He said that the first task of the CNPP is to unify people, to consolidate their strength, and to unite all people that want to build a real and meaningful democratic China in which people are the master.

Guo said, “Without democracy, there is no ‘New China!'(1) Those who advocate, ‘if there is no Communist Party, China will collapse and be in chaos,’ have the hidden agenda of protecting the autocratic regime. China can move forward only when it is free from the present autocratic reign.”

Note: (1) The Chinese Communist Party has promoted the slogan a ‘New China’ since before 1949 to justify its existence in the minds of the people.

– Original report from the Epochtimes: Former Chinese Professor Chosen as Acting New Party Chairman

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House Church Christmas Services Raided by Police in Multiple China Provinces

Posted by Author on December 27, 2007


China Aid Association (CAA), December 19, 2007-

Henan Province- On December 16, 2007, Less than two weeks before Christmas, China Aid has learned that, Pastor Liang Qi Zhen, Vice President of the Chinese House Church Alliance, was detained by PSB officials in Er Qi District. After disbursing Liang’s congregation, police officials took him by force and transported him to an undisclosed location where he was tortured for several hours. Liang’s ears and right hand were injured during the lengthy assault. After being released, Liang was able to identify the one who tortured him as Er Qi Security Bureau policeman, Li Seng. No legal procedure was established during the entire incident. PSB officials continue to threaten the church members to abstain from gathering.

Jiangsu Province- A house church in Chang Zhou City was attacked by police officials in December during a Christmas celebration. The church, centered in the Bu Ge Qiao area, was in the midst of a Christmas service when police raided the gathering and detained four female members. During the apprehension police assaulted one of the members until she became unconscious. She was later taken to the hospital. Her condition remains unknown.

Yunan Province- On December 5, 2007, policemen and members of the Bureau of Ethnic and Religious Affairs raided a house church meeting in Kunming, and detained several members including, Ms. Piao Guihua, the renter of the property. After searching the building, police seized several hundred Christian books and note-pads, and then burned them outside the residence. Police also destroyed the identification cards of three of the church members.  After several hours of interrogation, the members were released and told to remove all property from the residence by 10am. The landlord of the building was also instructed to cease rental agreements with Ms. Piao. The same house church has been raided on several occasions beginning in December of 2004, September 2007, November 3, 2007, and November 29 2007. In each instance, police officials have confiscated the offering donations along with Bibles and other Christian literature. In every raid, police officials have failed to issue legal documentation of the property taken…… (more details from China Aid Association)

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Man dies of bird flu in China: report

Posted by Author on December 4, 2007


AFP, Dec. 2, 2007-

BEIJING (AFP) — A man in east China died of bird flu Sunday, the country’s 17th fatality from the H5N1 virus, state media reported.

The 24-year-old man was hospitalised last Tuesday after being diagnosed with pneumonia, Xinhua news agency reported early Monday, citing the Jiangsu provincial health department.

The man’s condition deteriorated in hospital and he died on Sunday, it said……. (more details from AFP)

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Professor Guo Quan’s Open Letter to Chinese Leaders Requests Democracy

Posted by Author on November 30, 2007


By Xin Fei, Epoch Times Staff, Nov 22, 2007-Guo Qian, Nanjing Normal University Associate Professor

China Democratic League member, and Nanjing Normal University Associate Professor Guo Quan, published an open letter to Chinese leaders Hu Jintao and Wu Bangguo on November 14, 2007, in which he calls for a “democratic government based on multi-party elections that serves the interests of the people.”

(photo: Professor Guo Quan teaches Chinese traditional culture. Photo supplied by Guo Quan / the Epochtimes)

Professor Guo’s letter is the third open letter in the past three weeks requesting democracy and political reform. Authors of the first two letters are Politburo Standing Committee member Wang Zhaojun and entrepreneur Zheng Cunzhu. Many believe these open letters mark the start of a new age in which Chinese learn to openly express their political ideas.

In an interview with The Epoch Times, Guo Quan highly praised Mr. Wang Zhaojun, author of the first open letter. “For his age and social status,” said Guo, “Mr. Wang has amazing understanding and sympathy for ordinary people.” Guo noted that he agrees fully with Wang’s views, “I always support those who truly speak for the people, and I always agree with ideas that will benefit the people.”

Professor Guo explained that he started to write the letter in July after long consideration. The materials of the letter are from 18th of the 71 articles he wrote earlier.

In his letter, Guo advocates the abolition of the one-party dictatorship, arguing that the people have the right to choose their own ruling party and to implement a democratic government through multi-party elections. He reasoned, “As taxpayers, the people have the right to choose their own public servants, just like shoppers have the right to select what product they want to buy. Government officials are public servants the people pay for, so the people have the right to replace any official who is not doing a good job.”

Guo Quan said that the only way to ensure that the government carries out its responsibilities to people’s wellbeing is to ensure people’s right to choose their own government. So the one-party dictatorship has to be abolished and multi-party elections should be realized.

Professor Guo criticized the Chinese authorities’ declaration that Chinese people are not well educated enough to have a democratic system.

“They treat Chinese people as idiots,” said Guo with indignation. “Actually as long as Chinese people are allowed to make their own choice, they will certainly choose the best. It is common sense to choose the people who will do good to us. How much education does it take to see this?”

Guo Quan pointed out that what the communist regime says is different from what it does. “How can this regime ‘serve the people’ when it is already so corrupt? In any other country, people would not tolerate such a corrupt party to rule the country.”

Guo Quan attributes all of China’s problems to the country’s political structure. He added that at present, the few “bigwigs” who hold over 90 percent of the total wealth in China are sacrificing people’s health and the nation’s future, to maintain their luxurious lifestyle.

Guo Quan urged Chinese people stand up for themselves. “Let’s all voice our wills. Let’s find ways to allow more people to speak out!”

“Each voice serves as a vote,” remarked the professor, encouraging people to “go out to the street”. “By going out to the street,” he said, “I’m not only talking about holding demonstrations and giving speeches in the street or other public places. I’m also talking about using public media and Internet to speak out your true will. The more people speak out, the better the effect.”

Guo believes that, as a butterfly’s wings may cause a tornado, a few small voices will bring about great changes.

Guo Quan also commented on the notorious persecution of Falun Gong. As a former judge, Guo pointed out that “the whole process of suppressing Falun Gong goes against the law.” He said it is completely against the existing laws that Falun Gong practitioners are completely denied their rights to defend themselves in public.

Guo Quan expressed his admiration for Falun Gong practitioners’ anti-persecution efforts and truth-clarification over the past eight years. As a Christian, Guo said that if one has faith in God, one’s belief will give one a strong will. Guo added, “I treat those who have righteous beliefs as my brothers and sisters, including Falun Gong practitioners.”

As for the possible solutions in which China can move toward democracy, Guo Quan thinks that Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s “Three Principles of the People” and “Three Lines of the Governments” is a road which can effectively promote social development in China for its future. The democratic system of Taiwan which shares the same root, the same culture and the same race, is therefore the only road to progress in the human rights cause in China. The disintegration of the former Soviet Union has lessons for China as well.

Guo Quan, born in 1968, is a member of China Democratic League. He was a cadre in state-owned enterprises, a secretary of the Committee of Nanjing Municipal Economic Reform and a legal staff member. After finishing his post-doctoral program in 2001, he joined the faculty there, where he is an associate professor of Literature in Nanjing University. He successively held the posts of postgraduate class teacher in the School of Humanities, director of the adult education office, assistant dean and managing editor on an academic journal produced by the College of Letters in Nanjing Normal University. He is also an adjunct researcher of the Center of Nanjing Massacre Studies.

original report from the Epochtimes

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