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No redress after 10-year petitioning of brother’s sudden death in east China prison

Posted by Author on July 23, 2010

Radio Free Asia, 2010-07-23 –

— Wang Shengli has been petitioning the authorities in the northern port city of Tianjin for a decade over the death in prison of his younger brother Wang Shengjie.

Hounded by local officials and sentenced to a year in a labor camp in 2008 for disturbing public order, Wang said his decade of petitioning with no redress had left him close to despair.

“I thought about killing myself sometimes when I was in Beijing,” said Wang, who was detained by Tianjin officials on his way to a hospital appointment in the capital in August 2008.

“I thought about death. I couldn’t seem to find any hope in staying alive,” he said.

“[One time] I stood under the portrait of Chairman Mao on Tiananmen Gate, and bowed to him. I said that today’s society is so very dark, and there are so many demons riding the heads of ordinary people, tyrannical abusers, feeding on the people, beating them.”

Last month, authorities in Beijing dispersed a group of protesters who gathered near a railway station in the southern part of the capital and sang revolutionary songs from the Mao era.

China’s army of petitioners say they are repeatedly stonewalled, detained in “black jails,” beaten, and harassed by authorities if they try to take a complaint against local government actions to a higher level of government.

Death in jail

Wang’s troubles began after he was contacted in August 2001 by the authorities in Tianjin’s Yangliuqing Prison and informed that his brother had died suddenly on Aug. 28 of a heart attack.

Prison officials said Wang Shengjie was on his way to the showers at 3 p.m. after finishing work when he suddenly complained of feeling unwell. He squatted down on the floor, and then collapsed and died, they said.

A state prosecutor at the jail had immediately ordered an autopsy.

“They reported after this examination that there were no marks or injuries on my brother’s body, and that there was no evidence that he had been beaten,” Wang said.

“They had already sent my brother’s body to an undertaker’s in Zhongbeixie township.”

The next morning, Wang Shengjie’s relatives were escorted to the funeral parlor by officials from the local procuratorate.

“I looked and saw that my brother’s body was still dressed in prison clothes,” Wang recalled.

“I asked if he was still a criminal. They said that no, he wasn’t. So I asked why he was wearing prison clothes.”

Wang said his younger sister and a friend was shocked to see Wang Shengjie’s body when it was turned over.

“There were more than 20 injuries on my brother’s body. There were rope burns and lash marks from a whip, and marks … on his ankles,” he said.

“At the time, the prison officials looked flustered by this, and said that they hadn’t seen them before, and that they could lose their jobs over it. I took photos. They tried to stop us. The police also looked very nervous.”…… (more details from Radio Free Asia: Death in Custody Unresolved)

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Supplier Strike Halts Toyota Plant in China

Posted by Author on June 19, 2010

By NORIHIKO SHIROUZU, Wall Street Journal, June 19, 2010 –

TIANJIN, China—Toyota Motor Corp. suspended production at an assembly plant in China on Friday because of a strike at a supplier factory, as the impact of labor unrest escalates for the world’s largest auto maker in the biggest car market.

Hitoshi Yokoyama, a Beijing-based Toyota spokesman, said a shortage of certain plastic interior parts from the supplier plant, where workers have been striking since Thursday, began curtailing production at Toyota’s car plant in Tianjin Thursday night. By Friday afternoon, all three of its assembly lines had been idled.

Toyota doesn’t know how long the shutdown will last but is doing its best to resume work as soon as possible, Mr. Yokoyama said.

The Tianjin plant, which makes Corolla, Rav4 and other models and has capacity to produce 400,000 cars a year, is one of Toyota’s largest in China. It has assembly plants in three other Chinese cities—Changchun in the northeast, Chengdu in the southwest, and Guangzhou in the south.

The worker unrest at the Toyota supplier plant is part of a wave of labor action across China in recent weeks that also has hit Honda Motor Co. Honda resolved strikes at two supplier plants in the southern province of Guangdong that also temporarily halted production of vehicles…….(more details from Wall Street Journal)

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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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China: 1,000 University Students In Uproar Over Traffic Accident and Police Injustice

Posted by Author on January 1, 2008

By Zhang Mingshen, Central News Agency, Via the Epochtimes, Dec 28, 2007-

TAIPEI— On Christmas Eve a traffic accident caused a major uproar at Nankai University in Tianjin City 137 kilometers (85 miles) east of Beijing.The incident happened after a car hit a student on campus and the driver assaulted the victim. Later, about 1,000 students joined in the protest and clashed with the police who ignored the perpetrator and instead began arresting students.

The protest began at around 8:30 p.m. on December 24 and continued until about 1:00 a.m. on December 25.

The vice president of Nankai University, Zhang Jing, promised not to look further into the cause, and to focus on improving traffic conditions on campus and handling things according to the law. However, some leading students have been arrested.

The whole event started when a bicyclist was hit by a Buick near the Student Union building. The driver refused to apologize, and began cursing the bicyclist. The driver later called the police to demand the victim’s apology.

After police arrived at the scene, more and more students also gathered there. The driver called a few thugs for help who beat some students, but the police only dragged the students into police cars and let the thugs go. This sparked further anger among the witnessing students. A group of students surrounded the police car and let out the arrested students.

Students hoped the university principal would give them an explanation, but the principal never showed up. Around 10 p.m. impatient students started to become agitated. Angered by the police who took no action against the offender, some students ripped off the license plate of the Buick, and some began attacking the car.

Approximately 1,000 nearby students repeatedly shouted, “Hand him (the offender) over,” but received no response from the police. Then, some students overturned the car. Others waved five-starred red flags and sang the school song together.

During the protest, students and police had physical confrontations. Some policemen were knocked down by the students.

The incident continued until the vice principal promised to take up the matter himself and had the Buick towed away. He said things on campus have now calmed down.

Since the June 4 student pro-democratic movement in 1989, authorities have been sensitive about any gatherings on college campuses. The government tried to block the passage of information about this incident and forbade the media from reporting it. Even relevant messages in online discussion board were deleted at once.

– from the Epochtimes: Christmas Eve Turbulence in Nankai University of China

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8,000 Chinese Farmers in North China Demand Reclamation of Stolen Land

Posted by Author on December 31, 2007

By Gu Qinger, Epoch Times Staff, Dec 25, 2007-

Over 8,000 farmers in suburban Tianjin City—a municipality 85 miles east of Beijing— held large scale protests in an effort to prevent the construction of a tourist area near the Shangmatai Reservoir. In addition the farmers demanded that they be granted the rights to their farmland that they say local authorities seized in the name of building the reservoir.

Claiming to build a reservoir for irrigation purposes in 1992, local authorities of Tianjin confiscated over 1,615 acres of rich farmland belonging to six villages. Although farmers were promised a total of over 8 million yuan (US$1.09 million) in compensation for the loss of their property, they have never received a penny.The reservoir has been utilized as an aquaculture unit since 1993, but about a year ago authorities decided to end their fishery business and build a resort near the reservoir. Angry villagers demanded that local officials return their farmland, and took action to prevent the construction of the park. Villagers say that although local authorities did not issue a legal contract for the land grab, they have evidence of the confiscation. Village representatives are using this evidence to sue the local officials responsible for the take-over. With legal assistance, the farmers attempted to sue the officials in both a local court and the Beijing Supreme Court, but they refused to accept the case.

For local farmers, the reservoir has been a disaster from the very beginning. Not only did it cost them precious property, but the reservoir was also never used as promised for protection against drought and floods, including the drainage of flooded fields. What’s worse, as the aquaculture base consumed large amounts of irrigation water, subsequent harvests have been extremely poor. In addition, farmers were forced to pay taxes on the lands they had lost, because local authorities reported the confiscated property as wasteland.

Now the villages are in desperate need of land. On average each villager owns less than a third of an acre of farmland. In one village the average land per farmer is less than 0.16 acre.

Since plans for the resort were unveiled, villagers have repeatedly appealed to higher authorities who refuse to meet with them. Villagers have also sought help from the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Land and Resources, the Ministry of Water Resources and other governmental organizations, but none were willing to get involved.

In an effort to protect their land, villagers planted corn at the proposed construction site. Local police bulldozed the corn field right before harvest, and beat the villagers who tried to stop them. Police are also monitoring villagers’ phones, and preparing to arrest village representatives.

But the villagers remain determined to protect their property despite this suppression. Farmers are appealing to the media to publicly state their intentions. “Our land should be ours forever,” they said in one report, “We demand that authorities return the 1,615 acres of farmland to its rightful owners.”

Original report from The Epochtimes

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55 Kinds of Famous Toxic Food in China

Posted by Author on August 26, 2007

ChinaScope, 08/25/2007-

It was reported and widely reprinted in Chinese official websites and Blogs that there are 55 kinds of toxic food in China, ranging from daily rice, flour, vegetables, meat and eggs, fruits to famous seasonings and gradients, formulations, etc. [1, 2] Vegetables with very toxic residual pesticide were labeled as “harmless” vegetables and widely sold.

A. Rice, Flour and manufactured food (4)

1. Highly Carcinogen rice (old rice, rice for peasant workers) and manufactured food made of such rice. Eating this kind of rice will lead to nausea, vomiting, and cancer in the long-run.
2. Bleached flour: contains excessive amount of oxidized benzoformyl, causing fatigue, dizzy, amenesia, more dreams and neuroasthenia
3. Black-hearted moon cake – moon cakes with fertilizers
4. Dumplings made with unwanted meat and unwashed cabbages in Xinda Food Factory, Town of Panzhuang, Ninghe County, Tianjin City[3]

B. Meat and eggs (9)

1. Taicang Meat Floss made of meat from dead pig and mother pig, mixed with large amount of pea powder and bleached with hydrogen peroxide, and added with additives, food colors to make the meat floss looking good
2. Chicken/duck meat, pork and milk with large amount of chloramphenicol, oxytetracycline
3. Muscle-type pork feed with Clenbuterol
4. Convenience food with brine or smoked meat from sick-dead animals;
5. Mule meat posing as Pingyao Beef
6. Jinhua Ham submerged in Dichlorvos
7. Toxic sausage in Taixin city, Jiangsu province
8. Toxic “peasants” food in Wenzhou, Fujian province
9. Red yold eggs from hens feed with CAROPHYLL®Red

C. Vegetables and fruits (10)

1. Vegetables with excessive residual pesticide- “harmless” vegetables in Zhangbei county, Hebei province with highly-toxic residual pesticide, such as omethoate and methamidophos. These vegetables were labeled “harmless” and claimed to have never been sprayed with pesticides. These pesticides were used because they are cheap and strong, making good-looking vegetables that sales very well. The peasants told the journalists that they never eat these vegetables. [4]
2. Potatoes smoked by sulfur
3. Sichuan kimchi preserved by prohibited industry salt
4. Toxic leeks sprayed by “3911” pesticide, these leeks are thicker, wider, longer and with deeper color
5. “Fresh” shoot preserved by sulfur and industry salt
6. Sinister bean sprouts that were raised using growth hormone, rootless agent, bleached by Na2S2O4 [5]
7. Toxic longans bleached and smoked with sulfur
8. Strawberry and monkey hunting peach (Actinidia) that are fast-matured by growth hormone
9. Dried fruits with large amount of bacteria (100 times higher than national standard)
10. Preserved red dates with formaldehyde

D. Non-staple food, waterishlogged food, seasonings and gradients, formulations (24)

1. Toxic seeds (watermelon, pumpkin, sunflower) processed with mineral oils
2. Smelly Tofu processed by pig excrement
3. Yuba processed by chemical and carcinogens, such as industry gelatin, basic orange (chrysoidine), Rongalite (Sodium Formaldehyde Sulfoxylate)
4. Sweet potato starch noodles processed by rongalite and food colors
5. Longkou vermicelli contains rongalite;
6. Degenerated soy milk
7. Toxic milk powder in Anhui province
8. Rice noodles contains carbolic acid
9. Sanyuan “Quanjia (all good)” Lactobacillus in Shanghai with numerous streptomyces
10. Tremella, red peppers and Pericarpium Zanthoxyli
11. Black fungus (Auricularia auricular) stained with black ink
12. Green teas stained with green color
14. Various waterishlogged foods contains formaldehyde
15. Liquor mixed with industry alcohol
16. “Wine” made of Saccharin and food color
17. Hogwash fat took out from drainages
18. The famous chongqing Hot-pot Seasoning using paraffin as the coagulant
19. Red chili oil soup stock that that are leftovers from thousands of people
20. Toxic lard in Hunan province
21. Extra low price chicken extract
22. Toxic soy sauce processed with hair water
23. Shanxi “Very Old Vinegar” added with industry acetic acid
24. Fruit juice made nearby bathrooms with sorbic acid, potassium sorbate

E. Others (4)

1. “health chopsticks” submerged in sulfur
2. Low quality drinking fountains
3. Unqualified disposable medical devices
4. Numerous counterfeit and fake medicines

[1]-[5] please check the original report from

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List of the Most Wicked Labor Camps in Modern China

Posted by Author on August 21, 2007

Under China’s “reform through labor” policy, hundreds of modern labor camps are built up through out the country to hold political prisoners, dissidents, religious, lawyers, journalists, human rights defenders along side dangerous criminals.

Torture to death

Torture is widely used in these labor camps to force prisoners to reform.

Till the year 2003, “at least 69 labour camps have directly persecuted Falun Gong practitioners to death (Appendix 2 contains detailed information)”, said in a report by World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG).

“Even practitioners who were senior citizens older than 65 years, infants as young as eight months, or disabled had no impunity”, it said.

Two specific cases:Ms. Wang lixuan and son

“In November 2000, Ms. Wang Lixuan and her nearly eight-month-old infant son were both tortured to death at the Tuanhe Labour Camp in Beijing. ” ( details)
(photo right: Ms. Wang Lixuan and her 8-month-old son)

“In October 2000, 18 female Falun Gong practitioners were stripped of their clothing and thrown into the male criminals’ cells at the Masanjia Labour Camp in Shenyang City, Liaoning Province. ” ( details)

The worst- organ harvesting

large-scale of organ harvesting is happening in China labor camps, said by two well-known Canadian human rights activists, David Kilgour and David Matas, in their independent report “BLOODY HARVEST– Revised Report into Allegations of Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China”.

List of most wicked labor camps

I’m trying to collect information from the Internet to list out some of the most wicked labor camps in modern China.

By click on the name on the list, you can find out the labor camps’ location, introduction, cases of abuses and killing, victims and Perpetrators.

1. Masanjia Labor Camp
– Shenyang City, Liaoning Province, Northeast China

2. Harbin Wanjia Labor Camp
– Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province, Northeast China

3. Beijing Tuanhe Labor Camp
– Daxing County, Beijing City, Capital city of China

4. Beijing Tiantanghe Women’s Labor Camp
– Daxing County, Beijing City, Capital city of China

5. Beijing XinAn Labor Camp
– Daxing County, Beijing City, Capital city of China

6. Hebei Gaoyang Labor Camp
– Gaoyang County, Baoding City, Hebei Province, north China

7. Tianjin Banqiao Labor Camp
– Tianjin City, north China

8. Harbin Changlinzi Labor Camp
-Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province, northeast China

9. Shenyang Longshan Labor Camp
– Shenyang City, Liaoning Province, northeast China

10.Shenyang Zhangshi Labor Camp
– Shenyang City, Liaoning Province, northeast China

11. Changchun Heizuizi Women’s Labor Camp
– Changchun City, Jilin Province, northeast China

12. Shandong Zibo Wangcun Labor Camp
– Zibo City, Shandong Province, east China

A few more will be added on the list later.

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Death of China Ministerial-Level Official: Suicide or Homicide?

Posted by Author on June 16, 2007

By Zhang Jielian, Special to Epoch Times, Jun 14, 2007-

The sudden death of 62 year-old Song Pingshun, chairman of the Tianjin Municipal Political Consultative Committee in his office has caused numerous rumors regarding the actual circumstances of his death.

The Chinese communist regime has reacted by withdrawing news reports and deleting a large number of internet articles regarding the background of Song’s death.

Conflicting Reports

There are various reports regarding the cause of Song’s death. The earliest overseas report claimed he died by murder when his throat was cut. Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported that he died of a gunshot wound according to a Tianjin resident. Some said he died from falling off a building. Others said he hung himself after taking medication. Reuters indicated that he died from an overdose of sleeping pills, according to sources.

There are sources that indicate that on the evening of June 4, Song had a two hour meeting with Wu Guanzheng, the incumbent Secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection. Soon after Wu left, Song was found dead in his office.

Song Pingshun was very aggressive, during Jiang Zeming’s campaign, in persecuting Falun Gong when he was appointed the Secretary of the Committee of Politics and Law in Tianjin. Even though the topic of the conversation between Song and Wu remained unknown, Song’s immediate death suggests the involvement of political forces and concealed circumstances far beyond a typical corruption issue.

Analysts believe that the cause of an official’s death during “discipline auditing” are one of the following: 1. Suicide was committed because one could not bear the torture during the investigation. 2. Suicide was committed to protect friends and relatives. 3. Suicide was claimed for those who are tortured to death. 4. Murder was committed to protect higher ranking officials.

The Official Response

Amidst all the speculation, the regime’s mouthpiece Xinhua News Agency set the tone on the evening of June 8 by publishing an official confirmation of Song Pingshun’s death.

Xinhua reported that the police had conducted an investigation and laboratory examination and concluded that Song died of suicide. Xinhua also suggested Song committed suicide because of pressure of a criminal investigation on him saying that other related government departments have received several reports regarding Song’s crime on curruption, and have also initiated investigations.

Xinhua has made a fundamental mistake by concluding the death of a ministerial-level official as suicide without providing a single word of detail. It shows the regime does not care too much about Song’s death and wants to put an end to it as soon as possible.

Also, people should pay attention to another point in the Xinhua report. It claimed the investigation of Song’s crime has been initiated, but dead people can’t defend themselves. The purported investigation only serves to support the official answer for Song’s death. This could indicate that Song’s “suicide” was planned before hand.

However, to collaborate such claims, many reports of “Song’s suicide under the pressure of a criminal investigation” emerged on many overseas Chinese media, which were filled with topics such as corruption, mistresses, an illegitimate child, and so forth. Those reports also hint that there is an abnormal relationship between Song and the retired, former Politburo Standing Committee member Li Ruihuan, who is a political enemy of Jiang Zemin and distanced himself from Jiang because of the persecution of Falun Gong. Those reports attack Li and also provide more support for the conclusion —Song’s suicide was caused while under pressure, and the political agenda is very obvious.

The hidden facts surrounding Song’s death have become even more prominent. On June 9, Xinhua suddenly deleted its June 4 report regarding the incident. The regime has also deleted all other reports on the internet.

Judging from the regime’s past corruption cases, in a normal anti-corruption investigation, suicide should not have been the only escape for Song according to his political position and roots.

People should also pay attention to the fact that Song had not been officially put under a “discipline audit.” This means the official investigation against him had not started before his “suicide.” Whether it’s a suicide or homicide, Song’s death only signals the scandal involved the protection of the high authority.

Song’s Boss

Song had worked in the Political and Legal Affairs office of the Tianjin Public Security Bureau for over 20 years. He had superior performance ratings after the persecution of Falun Gong was initiated. Luo Gan, chief of the Central Political and Legal Affairs Committee, was his boss, who later became the head of the infamous 610 Office for the extermination of Falun Gong.

Song Pingshun was promoted from the public security system. He had profound influence upon Tianjin’s political and legal system. Starting in the 1990s, Song dominated the Tianjin Public Security Bureau (PSB). He was promoted to Secretary of City Committee of Politics and Law in 1993 with full responsibility for law enforcement, while serving as the leader of the Public Security Bureau.

From 2003 to 2006, Song was both the chairman of Tianjin Municipal Political Consultative Committee and the Secretary of the Committee of Politics and Law. Which provide him direct influence in the decision making process, as well as the law enforcement process..

Some Background—Cause of the Zhongnanhai Incident

On April 25, 1999, over ten thousand Falun Gong practitioners visited Zhongnanhai, where the regime’s central authority is located in Beijing. This incident led to the persecution of the Falun Gong. However, the real cause of this incident was the violent arrest of Falun Gong practitioners by the Tianjin Public Security Bureau.

The persecution of Falun Gong, the biggest repression in the regime’s history, was started by the Tianjin Public Security Bureau’s actions while Song was in charge. Song naturally became the direct manipulator of the incident. Reviewing this history, we can examine Song’s real mental burden, and find out the events that subjected him to death or psychological collapse.

Former Beijing Police Political Safety Section chief, Zhong Guichun commented about the arrest of Falun Gong practitioner in Tianjin city, saying that it was obvious that Tianjin police wanted to make the incident bigger than it was. Initially, people like He Zuoxiu published articles defaming Falun Gong to test practitioners’ responses, when they went to the publisher to clarify the issues,

The authority intentionally overlooked their request to clarify the issues, especially the Tianjin police, which arrested nearly fifty practitioners. The police director also lied to the public saying, “Tianjin police did not arrest one person.” He also hinted “this problem cannot be solved in Tianjin, you should go to Beijing to approach the upper lever authority.” This directly triggered the 10,000 plus Falun Gong practitioners’ group appeal at Zhongnanhai in Beijing on April 25, 1999.

The appeal in Beijing was then described by the authority as a “siege,” and became “evidence” to justify its crackdown on Falun Gong.

It is obvious to people who understand the regime’s law enforcement system that the cooperation between Song Pingsun (head of the Politics and Legal Committee in Tianjin) and Luo Gan (Song’s boss and head of the Politics and Legal Committee in Beijing) is crucial to understanding the above appeal incident.

As a result of the incident, the nationwide persecution of Falun Gong was launched. Luo Gan was promoted to the highest leadership group of the regime—the Political Bureau because of former regime leader Jiang Zemin’s favor towards him; and this is when Song gained his political capital.

From the above analysis, it is not difficult to deduce that Song knew a lot of secrets regarding the appeal at Zhongnanhai on April 25, 1999, and he was a key person capable of unveiling the incident.

During Song’s rule, there were 73 Falun Gong practitioners in Tianjin who were confirmed tortured to death by human rights groups. There were tens of thousands of practitioners in Tianjin who were brutally persecuted.

According to a current investigation, all military hospitals in Tianjin are involved in the harvesting of organ from live Falun Gong practitioners. Judging from the above information, Song, as a hard core supporter of Jiang Zemin and Luo Gan, was very possibly directly involved in the organ harvesting operation.

Knew Too Much

Song knew too much. If Song was investigated or looking for another boss, he would become a lethal weapon to Luo Gan and Jiang Zemin.

Recently, in the regime’s internal power struggle, Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabo won a landslide victory over Jiang Zemin’s faction. According to insider information, secret investigations into the persecution of Falun Gong from different political and security systems have started, including the truth of the April 25 Zhongnanhai Appeal, the Tiananmen Square Self-Immolation, etc. The persecution of Falun Gong is an issue that Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao could not live with, it is logical that they want to clean themselves from this crime — although they did not start the persecution, the persecution is still being carried on during their watch.

On the contrary, it is also logical for Jiang’s faction to destroy any evidence now, because they are losing control on the political battlefield. Luo Gan is facing retirement at the upcoming Seventeenth Party Congress. He must be planning how to prevent his own liquidation by Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao. After having lost his power, he must destroy witnesses as an important preventative measure. Besides, the Central Discipline Committee is already paying attention to the Song affair.

Media Cover-up

Although there is much speculation regarding the reason for Song’s “suicide,” which include Song blackmailed a foreign investor and his purported many lovers. I think all these are just a smokescreen to divert people’s focus.

Song once bluntly told people, “The paintings hanging in my home could easily be worth several hundred million. Do I need to get money through bribery?” As a veteran communist official exercised in the political battle field for 40 years, it is unreasonable for Song to commit suicide for a corruption issue just after meeting with the Central Discipline Committee. People familiar with communist politics know that power, money laundering and a villainous private life are the character of a communist official.

Besides, since former Shangdong Provincial Party Chief Zhang Gaoli had been appointed to Tianjin City, Song had demonstrated his intention to get close to Hu Jintao. Just recently on May 31, Song made a speech to praise and show his full support to Hu Jintao and Zhang Gaoli.

Is it possible that Hu would turn down Song’s defection and refuse a weapon against his political enemy Jiang Zemin and Luo Gan, just to snare Song for corruption and affairs related to his private life that are typical for party officials?

A Warning

Song’s death, whether a suicide or homicide, is a gain for Luo Gan and Jiang. Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao should also see the impact of striking from the angle of Falun Gong’s persecution.

The political battle surrounding the persecution of Falun Gong will continue. The truth won’t be able to hide long. Song’s death is a warning to others who know of and have evidence incriminating Luo and Jiang. The best protection they have is to make public the evidence they have before they encounter similar circumstances.

original article from the Epoch Time

Posted in China, Commentary, corruption, East China, Falun Gong, Law, Luo Gan, Official, Opinion, People, Politics, Social, Tianjin | Comments Off on Death of China Ministerial-Level Official: Suicide or Homicide?

Telephone Messages(1)- Harvesting Organs in China

Posted by Author on July 25, 2006

Telephone Message 1

Call time: March 15, 2006
A: Investigator B: Doctor (Director Song Wenli, cell: 13920128990)
City: Tianjin (Tianjin No. 1 Central Hospital, also called the Orient Organ Transplant Center)
Telephone company record: 3/15/2006 19:23

organ harvesting demo (2)A: Hi. Is this Tianjin first central hospital’s Director Song?
B: Yes, please speak.
A: …His doctor told him that the source of the kidney is very good as [the organ supplier] practiced qigong. (asked: “What type of qigong?”) Falun Gong, because people who practice Falun Gong have good health…[interrupted]
B: Of course. We have a similar situation here. We also have these so-called supplier bodies that are still breathing or still have a heartbeat. We also have them, of course. Um, we might have some of this type. So far this year, we’ve probably had more than ten kidneys of this kind … (to be cont’d…)

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Voice record (MP3 file) available on WOIPFG’s website:
Telephone Messages: Evidences of Harvesting Organs in China

by David Matas and David Kilgou

Posted in Falun Gong, Genocide, Law, North China, Organ harvesting, People, Religion, Religious, Social, Special report, Tianjin | 4 Comments »

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