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China orders demolition of leading rights activist’s home

Posted by Author on November 18, 2008


AFP, Nov. 17, 2008-

BEIJING (AFP) — Beijing authorities have issued an order to destroy the home of one of China’s leading rights activists, who has been in police custody for more than 200 days, her husband and lawyer said Tuesday.

The plight of Ni Yulan is one of the highest-profile of the many so-called “land grab” cases in China, where city residents are evicted from their homes or farmers kicked off their lands to make way for developments.

Ni, 47, is a long-time campaigner against such government-backed land grabs and was jailed for a year in 2002 for her activist work, and she is now facing losing the home she shares with her husband.

Beijing’s Xicheng court recently ordered developers to level Ni’s home and told the family to vacate the premises by Friday last week, her husband, Dong Jiqin, told AFP, adding he had refused to leave.

“They stuck the demolition notice on our front door,” Dong said.

“Nobody came to talk with us, there were no negotiations for compensation, no public hearings.”

Dong said the notice informed him they would be given an apartment somewhere else in Beijing, but there were few details and no official came to speak with them about the offer.

Ni was sentenced in 2002 for “damaging public property” after being arrested at a rally aimed at stopping the demolition of another courtyard home in Beijing.

Dong and rights activists said she was beaten in the 2002 arrest and has since had to walk with a cane due to injuries sustained then.

At that time, Dong and Ni’s courtyard home, in a historic part of central Beijing, became a target for developers and she was re-arrested in late April this year as she campaigned to stop it from being knocked down.

Ni was charged with “obstructing official business,” and she has been in custody ever since, although she has not appeared in court.

Her lawyer, Hu Xiao, said he was pushing for court proceedings to begin quickly.

“She is physically weak and her jailing has put a lot of stress on her,” Hu told AFP.

“She is a handicapped person, so we have asked the court to begin her trial as soon as possible out of respect for her health.”

Dong and Hu said they had hoped a death sentence handed down last month to the head of the Xicheng court, which has overseen Ni’s case, for corruption related to building projects may have helped their cause.

The sentencing of Xicheng court chief Guo Shenggui was announced a few days after one of China’s top law enforcement officials vowed to protect the rights of ordinary citizens in land grab cases.

Dong said he had all along suspected that Guo approved her jailing in 2002 and the police harassment that had followed them ever since.

But he said he feared now that their initial hopes following Guo’s downfall were misplaced.

The Xicheng court refused to answer questions from AFP on Tuesday.

Land grab cases are one of the most sensitive social issues in China, and frequently lead to protests.

As all land belongs to the state in China, local officials enjoy immense powers to determine land-use rights, and critics say residents and farmers are often forcefully evicted in shady deals between the government and developers.

In the latest such incident reported in the state-run press, up to 2,000 people attacked a local Communist Party headquarters in northwest China’s Gansu province on Tuesday.

The protesters smashed windows of the party building and nearby cars in Longnan city to protest the forced demolition of homes and eviction of tenants there, according to the Xinhua news agency.

– AFP

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(Video) Hundreds Villagers Clash With Thousand of Armed Police in Southeast China

Posted by Author on October 17, 2008


Radio Free Asia, Oct. 15, 2008-

A new clash erupts in southern China over the value of farmland slated for development.

HONG KONG— Police fired tear-gas and detained more than a dozen villagers in China’s southern Guangdong province during a clash with hundreds of demonstrators protesting what they describe as inadequate compensation for their farmland, witnesses said.

A witness surnamed Li said violence broke out Tuesday when villagers from Guangning county tried to stop construction workers from filling in their farmland with soil for the building of an industrial park.

“Hundreds of us villagers tried to stop the equipment from reaching the farmland.  They mobilized more than 1,000 police and used tear-gas on us. The villagers were incapacitated. Then they threw rocks at the villagers and beat them,” Li said.


A video sent by a witness acting as a citizen journalist in Guangning county, Guangdong province (RFA).

Police moved into the villages and rounded up participants, he said. “The police have cordoned off the villages and many are unable to leave the villages. More than a dozen from Hebu, Chayuan, and Mabu villages were detained.”

Scores injured

Another witness, a woman surnamed Xie, said scores were injured in the incident, including many elderly villagers. “There were between 1,000 and 2,000 police. Many villagers were beaten,” Xie said.

“Villagers in their 70s and 80s marched ahead of the crowd. They didn’t want their children and grandchildren to lose the land. The police pushed them, they fell. The young ones went up to help them. And the police started beating people,” she said.

Ma Meiju, a woman in her 50s from Chayuan village, was beaten by armed police and admitted to Guangning county hospital for treatment, her son said.

When her husband, Li Hairong, and younger son, Li Jincai, tried to intervene, the two were arrested on charges of obstruction of official business.

“Three or four armed police pushed my mom down in the woods and beat her over the head with a wooden stick. They also kicked her in the stomach and the leg,” Ma’s elder son said.

“My dad and brother went up with a couple of bottles containing gasoline and were detained on charges of obstruction of official business. Who could stand by and watch when their mom and wife are beaten? Something is wrong with police beating a woman,” he said.

On Wednesday, villagers said hundreds of police remained on alert and were searching for three people identified as protest ringleaders, identified as Li Fujing, Li Qiaozhong and Lu Dahua.

A Dong, a resident of Cha Yuan village, said police had posted “wanted” photos of three people accused of “obstructing government work” and urged residents to share information about them. “We’re still wondering what crimes they are accused of committing,” he said.

Officials have warned residents that they must submit land compensation claims by Oct. 22.

Car torched

Villagers said that police had searched the home of one of the wanted men, Li Fujing, and that unidentified people set his car on fire. Another witness reported seeing four vehicles ablaze around 2 a.m. Wednesday.

“The fire broke out suddenly…Many people woke up and tried to put out the fire. There are many residential houses nearby,” one villager surnamed Li said.

Another villager surnamed Xie said Li’s home “was searched and somebody set his personal property on fire. I think they just want to smoke them out to turn themselves in.”

Checkpoints, phone trouble

Another villager surnamed Lin returned home Wednesday after leaving briefly to avoid trouble with the police. He said many villagers’ mobile phones weren’t working and police were out in force.

“Many armed police are standing guard at every entrance to the village and roadblocks have been set up too,” Lin said. “Passengers in cars are subject to ID checks. I saw hundreds of police just in our village—and lots of plainclothes police around all the affected villages. “

Officials at the county police station hung up the phone when contacted by a Hong Kong-based reporter.

“I cannot make calls to the outside, but outside people can call me,” one villager said. “And other villagers can  make only local calls. I first noticed this problem on Oct. 13.”

Villagers ‘causing trouble’

A Wuhe township government official who refused to give his name and job title acknowledged that efforts were made to expropriate farmland on Monday, that police were called in to maintain order, and that some villagers had been detained.

“On Monday a small number of villagers caused trouble. We requested assistance from police to maintain order. After the crowd was dispersed on Monday, the construction went ahead as planned today,” the official said.

He declined to say exactly how many villagers had been detained.

According to the Wuhe township government official, the industrial park requires the expropriation of more than 1,000 mu (67 hectares) of farmland.

He said the villagers had been compensated at an above-market rate and only a small number had resisted the land expropriation because of their belief in fengshui, an ancient Chinese system of aesthetics believed to create harmony through physical surroundings.

“The industrial park is a municipal-level priority project. The entire expropriation process was conducted in accordance with the law, but some villagers refuse to turn the land over because of their superstitious belief in fengshui,” the official said.

The villagers claim that they were only offered a one-off compensation scheme at the rate of 16,000 yuan (U.S. $2,344) for each mu expropriated. Many were unhappy with the offer and said they had signed several petitions during the last year.

Intimidation tactics

One woman, surnamed Li, said that the authorities pressured villagers to sign the land-sale agreement, and in late September even began to intimidate their children.

“The kids came home from school and said they were forced to sign statements vowing not to cause trouble. It’s the right thing to do for farmers to protect their farmland. We never signed the agreement to sell the land,” she said.

“But they carried out the scheme anyway. And now they are after those of us who petitioned our case. The people’s police [are] in full gear, including bullet-proof vests, and with police dogs,” Li said.

Villagers said that as of late Tuesday between 40 and 50 villagers were still under surveillance.

Some were taken away and their whereabouts are unknown. They said that when reporters from the Zhujiang Daily, a local newspaper, tried to go to the protest site, the trip was inexplicably cancelled.

Land protests spreading

Land disputes have spread across China in recent years, with local people often complaining that they receive only minimal compensation when the government sells tracts to developers.

In June, 900 vegetable farmers in China’s central Hubei province were involved in violent clashes with police over the course of ten days when authorities tried to seize their farmland for redevelopment.

The local government attempted to develop the land despite the fact that the farmers had rejected a compensation package that many said was too low. Scores of farmers were detained during the protests and at least one was detained.

In April, one villager was killed and five critically wounded when armed police opened fire on up to 100 protesters demanding a halt to the building of a mine in China’s southern Yunnan province.

Villagers had refused a compensation package offered by the mining company for the tract of land and were angered when the company proceeded with construction plans.

Radio Free Asia

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China: Thousands of Residents Protests Over Sichuan Quake Aid

Posted by Author on May 30, 2008


By Don Lee, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer, U.S. May 29, 2008-

LUOJIANG, CHINA — This county in Sichuan province sustained relatively little damage from the devastating May 12 earthquake. But nine days later, Luojiang felt one of the biggest political aftershocks: Thousands of residents jammed a public square here, demanding that local officials explain why relief supplies were misused.

The protesters, many of them young students, fought police with their fists and water bottles, witnesses said. They smashed police vehicles, even flipping one upside down.

“The government was corrupted, so ordinary people were all protesting,” said Yang, a 13-year-old student who left her family store nearby to participate.

The Chinese central government has been widely applauded for quickly and effectively mobilizing national resources for rescue and relief efforts, but the magnitude 7.9 quake and its aftermath have sparked anger toward local governments. In several cities and towns, residents have accused officials of corrupt acts, including taking the best tents for themselves and underreporting the extent of quake casualties so as not to draw scrutiny from Beijing.

Protests and complaints against local officials aren’t rare, but what’s different is that the grievances are being captured on television or being reported by a press that has traditionally been tightly controlled but has had more freedom in the immediate aftermath of the natural disaster.

As well, parents whose children were killed are protesting the failure of local leaders to provide answers about why so many schools collapsed while structures around them, including government buildings, remained standing. Some believe local officials are trying to cover up shoddy construction.

In Mianzhu, villagers clashed with police Sunday over the government’s handling of disaster relief and its response to the collapse of the Fuxin No. 2 Elementary School, where as many as 129 children were buried alive. Earlier that day, dozens of parents marched to complain to higher authorities in Deyang, and, in a scene that has been widely publicized, were met by Mian- zhu’s party secretary, Jiang Guohua, who kneeled and begged them to stop.

“None of us were listening to him. We all kept walking,” said Chen Xuefen, 32, whose 11-year-old son was killed when the school crumbled. “They ignored us. It has been so many days since that day, but no one came to investigate. . . . I told him [Jiang], ‘Now you’re kneeling to us, but if you can return my son to me, our entire family will kneel to you for three days and nights.’ “……. (more details from Los Angeles Times: In China, protests flare over quake aid)

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(photos) China: Residents in Scenic Hangzhou City Appeal On Street for Forced Eviction

Posted by Author on May 16, 2008


By Gu Qing’er, Epoch Times Staff, May 15, 2008-disabled Mr. Zhang lead a beggar's life

Mr. Zhang, a handicapped citizen in Southeast China’s Hangzhou city, has made up his mind to lead a beggar’s life. He was illegally forced into eviction by the local government in 2007 and is now protesting outside the local government office.

(Photo right: disabled Mr. Zhang lead a beggar’s life)

Because he lived in the famous historical heritage area of Wushan scenic district, Zhang used to have a steady income and made a fairly good living. For more than 1,000 years, Hangzhou city has been a famous tourist attraction.
There is painful and tragic story behind every family.
Most residents here rely on their inherited stores to make a living and many do okay. But many others, like Zhang, were thrown into poverty because of an eviction order from the local Shangcheng District Government.

(photo right: Hangzhou Residents appealing on street)

Before the evictions, local residents argued with the government based on two previous municipal policies issued in 2002 and 2004 respectively that defined the area as historical heritage block — meaning it could only be renovated but not torn down.
Residents distribute flyers about how the local regime forced them to evacuate
Buildings could be privately-owned but had to maintain the original historical ethos and traditional cultural style. But Shangcheng District Government paid no respect to that document.

Zhu Yangdi, another local resident, told The Epoch Times that his family had been living in the city for more than a hundred years, and she and his brother operated teahouses to make a living after being laid off from state owned enterprises.

(photo right: Residents distribute flyers about how the local regime forced them to evacuate)

“The officials took my house and rented to others to run the teahouse business. We are laid-off workersThere is painful and tragic story behind every family-2 without a source of income, our children need to go to school and we now need to pay rent. Our lives are extremely difficult now. We have no alternative but begging in front of the district government.”

The Zhu family’s “Big Bowl Tea” used to have a bit of a reputation in the area. But now, seven of the nine teahouses run by the authority occupy the land once used by the Zhu family.

(photo right: There is painful and tragic story behind every family)

Many other local residents have had a similar experience. After the local regime drove them out, theyEvicted resident rented the land to other businesses to open new stores.
Local residents have appealed numerous times in the past year, and for this they were arrested, harassed and beaten. There is currently no indication that their poverty-stricken existence will end any time soon.

(photo right: Evicted resident in front of local government building with big red word “Yuan”– injustice, on T-shirt.)

– Original report from the Epochtimes: Forced Eviction Leaves Hangzhou Residents Begging in the Streets

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Amnesty Calls For Release of China Beijing Olympics’ Forced Eviction Victim

Posted by Author on April 3, 2008


Amnesty International, 1 April 2008-

Housing rights activist Ye Guozhu is serving a four-year prison sentence after he applied for permission to hold a demonstration against forced evictions in Beijing.

In December 2004, Ye Guozhu, then aged 49, was convicted of “picking quarrels and stirring up trouble” because of his opposition to the seizure and demolition of property to make way for new construction projects for this year’s Olympic games.

Ye Guozhu’s restaurant and living quarters were among many properties seized when officials of Beijing’s Xuanwu District conspired with developers to forcibly evict a large number of city residents. He received no compensation.

He is reported to have been tortured while in detention. Suspended from the ceiling by the arms and beaten repeatedly by police before his trial, he was also beaten with electro-shock batons in Chaobai prison, Beijing, towards the end of 2006.

He was then sent twice to Qingyuan prison for periods of “discipline”, most recently in February 2007 for 10 months, apparently because he tried to appeal his conviction.

The Chinese authorities have failed to either confirm or deny these reports, but official sources have confirmed that he was receiving treatment for ‘hypertension’. They have also confirmed that he was held in Chaobai prison and due for release on 26 July 2008.

The prison authorities are reported to only be giving him basic medicine for high blood pressure and preventing members of his family from supplying him with medicine. Ye is believed to be held incommunicado while under “discipline” in Qingyuan prison.

Ye Mingjun and Ye Guoqiang, son and brother of Ye Guozhu, were detained by Beijing police on suspicion of “inciting subversion” at the end of September 2007. They had protested against forced evictions that were reported to have been carried out to clear space for construction for the Beijing Olympics.

Ye Mingjun was released on bail in October 2007, but warned not to speak to the media as this could have a “negative impact” on his situation and that of his father. Ye Guoqiang was released on bail in January 2008, but on condition that he did not contact anyone overseas or continue with his petitioning activities.

The development of Beijing in preparation for the Olympics has seen many homes torn down. Jiang Yu, spokesperson for China’s Foreign Ministry said that, as of June 2007, 6,037 families had been displaced by Olympics related projects since 2002.

The Geneva-based Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions estimates that more than 1.25 million people have been displaced in Beijing in connection to urban redevelopment projects, some of which are directly linked to construction projects for the Beijing Olympics, and that that number will rise to 1.5 million by August 2008. Many have reportedly been evicted without full procedural protection or due process and without adequate compensation.
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Most residents are relocated to what has been called poor housing on the outskirts of Beijing. Real estate companies – often owned by or affiliated with the local authorities carrying out the evictions – may then sell the land to developers for a profit.

Forced evictions are in violation of human rights including the right to adequate housing enshrined in Article 11 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, which China has ratified. While the Chinese government has taken steps to protect people from forced evictions – implementation of such laws and regulations remains weak.

Amnesty International considers Ye Guozhu to be a prisoner of conscience, imprisoned solely as a result of his peacefully held beliefs. Amnesty International calls for his immediate and unconditional release.

The organization further calls on the Chinese government to stop the forced eviction of individuals from their homes carried out without full procedural protection, due process, government provision of adequate alternative accommodation for those unable to provide for themselves, and adequate compensation for any property affected.

– Original report from Amnesty International: Call on the Chinese Prime Minister to release Ye Guozhu

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Police Occupied Neighbour Room To Monitor Zeng Jinyan With 4~8 Stationing At The Entrance of The Building

Posted by Author on February 22, 2008


Reporters Without Borders, 20 February 2008-

After imprisoned human rights activist Hu Jia was formally charged on 29 January, police stepped up surveillance of the home he shares with his wife in a Beijing apartment building. The police took over an apartment (No. 552) near the couple’s apartment (No. 542) and three security cameras were installed in the grounds of the complex. Between four and eight policemen continue to be stationed permanently at the entrance to the building.

Hu received a visit from his lawyer Li Jinsong in prison on 4 February. The lawyer said Hu showed no sign of being mistreated. His three cell-mates are non-political detainees.

Hu’s parents and his wife, Zeng Jinyan, were able to visit him on 10 February, but Zeng was not allowed to take their baby daughter. Several prison guards monitored the meeting. Zeng said Jia appeared “tired and stressed.” The prison has given him the medicine he needs.

Zeng has received permission to leave the apartment three times in the past two weeks. On two of these occasions, she took the baby to see a doctor. Each time she went out, neighbours said they saw policemen enter the apartment.

On 11 February, Zeng recovered several items previously confiscated by the police, including her mobile phone.

– Original report from Reporters Without Borders: Hu Jia allowed visit by family, surveillance of home stepped up

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Beijing Evicted Households Condemn China Communist Regime’s Groundless Suppression (MP3)

Posted by Author on February 14, 2008


by Chris Thomas, Sound of Hope Radio News, February 13th, 2008-

(press Play button to play)

A number of rural farmers from Da-Tun and Wali Village in Chaoyang District, Beijing, told reporters that properties of many farmers in suburban Beijing had been forcibly levied and dismantled by the Chinese Government. However, the authorities failed to make reasonable compensation and resettlement. Although they have repeatedly appealed to authorities, they have been groundlessly suppressed.

When asked how they spent the New Year, Li Yu-Kui, a rural resident from Wali Village of Chaoyang District, expressed sorrowfully that his inherited estate was arbitrarily brought down for nearly five years and the problem still remains undissolved. Without income and depending on aid from relatives and friends, they have no home to return to, not to mention the New Year. He said “I have two commercial shops with business licences that paid the state tax in time. Without assessment, or court verdict or any kind of compensation, my assets were seized. To report this grievance and wrongs to the Party’s Central Committee, and the State Council, I had been detained numerous times and was twice sent to forced labour camps.”

A former rural resident of Da-Tun Village, Lu Qing-Cheng revealed that after his property was forcibly dismantled in 2001, he went to appeal to the Central Government (located in Zhong-Nan-Hai) with another six evicted households. Consequently, over twenty of us were seized and detained for eight days, including a six-year old. He stated that it is like this in China, they would simply ignore you if you appeal, and if you sue them, the court would not accept your file. They allotted me the worst unit with no sunshine and the walls were tilted. I turned it down. They then offered me a relatively decent place. But the building with no drawings was not even registered by the government, and it can’t be found over the Internet. It was privately built without state approval, called “the bean curb dregs”.

Another rural resident of Wali Village, Li Xinyuan indicated that his property was demolished with a compensation of only 50,000 yuan offered. He said: “The Government offered me 50,000 yuan, and that is not sufficient to cover our overhead. At the time, I had two school-aged children, and the prices are so high. What is there for me to buy a house?”

According to reports, many farmers from Wali Village and Da-Tun Village of Chaoyang District have been experiencing a troubled life since the forced evictions that caused them to lose sources of livelihood, and they are unable to buy new houses.

The above new is brought to you by Lu Fang, Chen Jie-Cai, and hosted by Chris Thomas for Breaking News on the SOH Radio Network.

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Southwest China: Crematoriums Have No Fuel to Burn the Bodies of Snowstorm Victims in Guizhou Province

Posted by Author on February 5, 2008


By Feng Changle, Epoch Times Staff, Feb 03, 2008-

Current heavy snowstorms have caused power failures and severe daily supply shortages in many areas of China. For days, The Epoch Times has received messages from Internet users in those cities. On January 30, an IT employee from southwest China’s Guizhou province traffic department sent out messages.

He reports that a snowstorm caused the breakdown of the main rail line in Guizhou and has cut off electricity in the eastern part. Renhuan City in Guizhou has been hit most severely with no water or electricity for two weeks already. All roads to the outside have been closed. The entire police department he belongs to was sent to the Renhuan area for rescue work.

He sent the following message: “Some people have already frozen to death but crematoriums have no fuel to cremate the bodies. If the central government does not take emergency measures to airdrop food supplies, there will soon be many more deaths here.

“Renhuan City is now a dead city. The central streets are covered by a layer of ice; some roofs are covered with ice 7cm (2.75 inches) thick. Due to a manpower shortage, our entire traffic police force are on the streets and they are about to collapse from exhaustion. This is the most brutal disaster that I have ever experienced. Sometimes I can’t help but wonder if this is just a movie. How nice it would be to have stability and peace.

“Nothing can be sent here. Roads are treacherous. Oil trucks have skidded and turned over on the highway and even the administration center has no electricity. Coal costs 24 yuan (US$3.20) a kilo, candles 5 yuan (US$ 0.67) a stick, frozen cabbage 10 yuan (US$1.35) a kilo and there are limited quantities. The government is helpless too. The situation here can only last 2 days at the most.

“We have lost contact with the counties and towns under us for half a month. The situation over there is probably even worse. All cell phones and equipment are out of electricity. How can we communicate or take photos?

“I am currently using the only usable fiber optical channel, which is currently dedicated for government use only, but the alarm on its UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supplier) has sounded several times and it to will soon be dead.

“There are so many areas hit by this adversity spreading to so many provinces, cities, districts, counties and towns. I can’t be overcritical to investigate who is responsible for causing such a calamity, but can only hope the central government will step up rescue efforts and mobilize all possible means to rescue our homes and fellow countrymen.”

Original report from the Epochtimes

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China Snowstorm: Death Toll Could Be Much Higher

Posted by Author on February 5, 2008


BBC News, Saturday, 2 February 2008-

China’s government has warned people to brace for more bad weather as the country struggles to cope with the worst snow storms in over 50 years.

State weather services said the worst-hit provinces faced several more days of snow and freezing rain.

The crisis has affected an estimated 100 million people, and caused some 54bn yuan (£3.8bn) of damage.

The government has doubled the number of soldiers assigned to help with relief efforts, state media said.

More than 300,000 troops and almost 1.1 million reservists have been deployed.

‘Hidden toll’

“The most difficult period is still not over yet. The situation remains grim,” Premier Wen Jiabao said during a Cabinet meeting, the China Daily reported.

Officials say that emergency medical teams have treated over 200,000 sick and injured people, and that 60 people have died because of the cold.

But the true figures are likely to be much higher, says the BBC’s China editor Shirong Chen, who says the government is working hard to convince the public that it is in control of the situation.

Massive crowds of travellers remain stranded as they try to get home for next week’s Lunar New Year holiday.

In Guangzhou, people spent the night in the open in sub-zero temperatures and heavy rain as they waited at the city’s main train station.

The government has provided shelters, but they are not big enough for the hundreds of thousands of people still stuck there, the BBC’s Daniel Griffiths reports from the station.

Many of the stranded are poor migrant workers, for whom next week’s holiday is traditionally the only break they will get all year.

Crop concerns

Snow has been falling in central and southern regions for three weeks.

Officials have warned that many could face food shortages in the future as a result of wrecked winter crops.

With millions reported to be without water and electricity, the government has ordered coal production to be increased and imposed emergency price controls.

President Hu Jintao has visited coal mines to urge help to end the power shortages and Premier Wen Jiabao has been visiting stranded travellers in the south of the country.

But many are questioning the government’s ability to deal with the crisis, correspondents say.

Chenzhou, a city in Hunan province with a population of 4 million, has reportedly been without electricity for at least eight days.

China’s official Xinhua news agency quoted a national grid official as saying authorities would work to partially restore power supply to the city on Saturday.

– Original report from BBC News: China warns of more bad weather

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(video) Modern China Life: AIDS Activist Hu Jia’s Family Traced and Monitord by Polices 24 Hours a Day

Posted by Author on January 25, 2008


From Youtube-

01/18, 2008: Zeng Jinyan remains trapped at home with her 2 month old baby and all communication with the outside world cut off. It is unknown whether they have anything to eat; what is known is that one blogger* sent a parcel of milk formula, but it was intercepted by police.

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– From Youtube

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Pastor’s 2nd Open Letter to China Chairman Over Officials’ Assault of Home Church

Posted by Author on January 11, 2008


by Zhang Ming-xuan, Press Release, Chinaaid, Jan 10 2008-

Dear Respected President,

Merry Christmas! Today is Christmas Day. It is on this day that Jesus, the savior of the world, was born, which brings peace to China and around the world. Moreover, today is a momentous and joyous day all the world over. However, driven to desperation, I wrote you a second letter. Although I am not sure whether you can read it, I am sure that you will not be ferocious with me, an uneducated hairdresser. I would like to speak to you about the truth of the harmonious society that you have consistently advocated. Some corrupt political officials, who are always deceiving their superiors and subordinates, bring disgrace to you and our Party. I am determined to sacrifice my life for Jesus and our peaceful nation, even though I may be imprisoned or sentenced to death, if only for the hope that China will be really harmonious, strong, prosperous, free in religion, and full of love.

My orphanage was forced to move out of its building on Christmas Day. I am shocked as to how people would be able to drive these orphans out of their school and force them to be homeless. I have been preaching the Gospel and have done well for more than ten years in Beijing, but as of now I have become an opponent to the Party and our State. The police office, the Religion Bureau and the United Front Work Department in Sanhe City, have disregarded what they have heard at the conference of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China on the 18th of December. Instead they have struck the Chinese Home Church Alliance and have begun persecuting Christians even worse than before.

What’s more, you have been emphasizing that our Party give fundamental consideration to the people’s interests, and unite the religious believers at large in hopes of achieving a better society. We are always trying our best to fulfill these goals. Why are they always treating me as an enemy? Is it not natural for Christians to celebrate Christmas Day? It is a normal religious activity, which should be protected by the Constitution.

Unfortunately, on Christmas day many tragedies have taken place in the homeland: five Christians were arrested in Shangqiu city Henan province; three were arrested in Yichun city Helongjiang province; orphans were forced to leave school and leave their home in Sanhe City, Hubei Province.

What’s worse, the landlord was called and threatened not to let us spend Christmas Day in the home, by the Director of Security Order in the village. The plain-clothes police, head of police office, District of Dongba Town, Chaoyang Area, Beijing. The officials stated that if we spent Christmas Day in our church, they would confiscate the land contract. “The land is mine, and the house is yours; I will seize your contract, and dismantle your house; you will be put to prison by the Religious Bureau and police office and United Front Work Department”, the district pretentiously said to the landlord. The landlord dared not to disobey their orders, and we had to spend Christmas Day in a hotel on the 23rd of December.

President Hu, the Land belongs to the Nation, but the district tells us arrogantly that it is his. They intimidate the populace, which brings great crimes to the Party, our Nation and the People, and destroys the great blueprint of building a peaceful society.

Unexpectedly, these orphans and students were driven out of the yard (20 rooms), which was rented for five years by Chinese Home Church Alliance in Beixiangkou, Yanjiao Town, Sanhe City, Hebei Province. These homeless orphans were driven out by the town government officials, police office, Religious Bureau and United Front Work Department in Sanhe City with their ulterior schemes.

The school (main in English and computer) was attacked by them on the 14th of October, and I was taken to be questioned by the chief of Religious Bureau in Langfang City, but he found me blameless. My phone was inspected and my personal freedom was kept under close custody during the opening of the Seventeenth National People’s Congress. A foreign teacher and some students were driven out by threatening students and orphans with their tricks on the 28th of October. The head of the village threatened to cut off the supply of electricity if we did not move out on the 18th of November. They cut off our electricity on the December 5; we had to buy a power generator, because the electrical engineer refused to help us. We had never gone against the electric energy consumption and paid our electric bill on time every month. Why would they cut off the electricity without permission?

I called to the electric power supply bureau in Sanhe City for the reason many times on the 9th, 10th and 12th of December. I have heard nothing from them to this day. I brought a lawsuit against the electric power supply bureau of Sanhe City on December 17. The court in Sanhe City did not handle the case, instead, they asked me to look for the help of the municipal government, and I went to meet the minister of the United Front Work Department and the director of the Religious Bureau, but they both did not care. “It is none of our business”, they both replied.

Around five o’clock in the afternoon, the landlord forced us to move. Liu Mingyi, the landlord, was threatened that his house would be demolished and he would become homeless, if I did not move in three days. These orphans were forced to give up school on December 20th. Children have rights to receive compulsory education, ensured definitely in article 2, 4 and 57 of “the Compulsory Education”. These orphans were driven out for the reason that they had no fostering certificate and residence permit. These children cried to go to school. The five orphans are respectively only seven years old, eight years old, eleven years old, twelve years old, fourteen years old. They have no capacity to live and they now have had to suffer and starve on the pavement. Perhaps they will endanger the society one day, which is not good for building the well-off society.

The law becomes these officials’ means to persecute the common people. These officials are not the executors of the laws, but the bane of our nation and people. Is it not the peaceful society that we try our best to construct? “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” (Romans: 13/1). Therefore, we Christians stand on the right side of the law. However, it is written that on the Bible, “For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong” (Romans: 13/3). What these local officials do is in diametric opposition.

President Hu, I, Zhang Ming-xuan used to be a hairdresser, instead, today I have become God’s son, the disciple of Jesus, a pastor. I have been always obeying the word of God, submitting myself to the authority according to the teachings of the Bible. The Bible tells us to love the world like loving yourself, how can I show no emotion to these orphans. I was arrested more than twelve times by the police office and the Religious Bureau, but I was found not guilty and released. They strike the Chinese Home Church Alliance with all means, which would awaken more people of good sense, which also makes me believe in love and conscience. I believe China will become a nation of laws and a developed and religiously free country under your leadership.

I will pray for you!

Jesus Christ bless you!

Peace to you!

God bless China and all Chinese authorities!

President of Chinese Home Church Alliance

Pastor Zhang Ming-xuan
A quarter to eight on the 25th, October, 2007

Original report from Chinaaid.org

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China 2007: The Year of The Peasants’ Revolt (cont’d)

Posted by Author on January 7, 2008


John Garnaut, The Sydney Morning Herald, Australia, January 5, 2008- (cont’d)

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Peasants in Yu’s village say they do not understand the concept of private ownership, let alone demand it. They are content to continue the system of collective ownership and individual farming rights. They are not closely linked with activists in other villages, let alone other provinces, and they are fiercely proud that China is hosting the Olympics.

Further, Yu’s son notes that his father is in effect illiterate.

But if Yu and his mysterious ghost writer had intended to unite peasants and make enough smoke to attract the country’s attention, then they have succeeded.

“In 10 years Yu has been our only hope,” says one village elder. “But now he’s in custody, we’re beginning to unite ourselves.”

Yu’s village is close to Fujin city, on China’s extreme north-east frontier. Russian Siberia lies just 60 kilometres away on the other side of two massive frozen rivers. Perhaps it is the cold, or the distance, but there can be few corners of the country where Beijing’s peasant-friendly rhetoric is so consistently and brazenly ignored.

Peasants have been the perennial losers in a 15-year, provincial cover-up of a project that started as a legitimate but misguided joint venture with a South Korean development entity and should have been aborted at the start – or at least when the joint venture partner walked away a decade ago.

Instead, each face-saving mistake has required an ever-more elaborate layer of tyranny to extort the money to pay back the debts of the previous mistake, and to prevent news getting out.

In 1995 Han Yin, then Fujin’s party secretary, told the then provincial governor, Tian Fengshan, that the agricultural project’s deep-seated woes had been caused by a map.

“It was an old map used before the 1980s,” said Han’s report, later obtained by affected peasants. “This caused a series of problems. The main problem is that most of the land is no longer wilderness.”

Tian, who did not act on Han’s report for two years, has since been jailed for corruption. One of his schemes was an auction of bureaucratic posts, where promotions were handed out to the highest bidder.

In 1997 the provincial government washed its hands of the project by transferring much of the appropriated land to the Fujin city government.

The Fujin officials acted like bandits when the party secretary sent his military police chief, Ma Chengxi, and his henchmen to enforce evictions and land transfers. One villager, An Fengzhen, still has an X-ray showing where a bullet lodged inside her skull.

Wang Xuejun, a villager who has since moved to Shandong, says Ma and Ge Qingxia, the city’s deputy party secretary, transferred vast tracts of farmland into their own names and started billing the peasants for rent.

“I have seen a copy of a rent receipt signed by Ge Qingxia,” says Wang. “It’s unimaginable for a government leader in China to have such a large amount of land in their own name.”

At Dongnangang, the land was carved in half and the best portion given to an unknown landlord. “They brought in peasants from Toulin town to farm the land,” says the village chief.

The land loss caused per capita incomes to drop by more than half, to about 2500 yuan.

Jon Unger, director of the Contemporary China Centre at the Australian National University, who has been studying land issues for decades, says the crudity and brazen nature of this land appropriation is extraordinary. “This is about as bad as I’ve seen.”

Through it all, Fujin officials have done everything they can to stop news getting out. One busload of villagers who tried to take their complaint to the petition office in Beijing never made it out of Fujin. They tried to explain that they were acting lawfully, but all they heard was one order: “fight”. Several were taken to hospital, most were left to tend to their own injuries in jail, says Wang Xuejun.

For the Fujin fiefdom to function requires that no information gets out, even at the cost of little coming in, and that the provincial government looks the other away. But Yu Changwu’s internet letter and some new high-level appointments might be breaking down that delicate bubble.

At the Fujin Public Security Bureau, where the Herald was being detained and interrogated, nobody was aware that reports of Yu’s letter were freely available on the internet. The Herald offered to direct officers to China’s year-old rules allowing foreign reporters to travel freely, only to be told sheepishly that there was no internet connection.

Later, the Herald was summoned to a luxury Fujin hotel room to meet a polite, stylish deputy mayor, who was part of the city’s new leadership team. “First, welcome to Fujin, the mayor hopes you enjoy your stay,” he said, over a cup of tea. “Two, next time you come to Fujin you must first report to us, so we can help you with your interviews.”

Questions about land and Yu Changwu were to go through “proper channels”. There are signs those channels may one day facilitate the flow of information, rather than only obstruct it. On Thursday the foreign affairs office in the next city, Jiamusi, said it was urgently investigating and would like to answer questions and ask some of its own.

Yu Gang, the son of Yu Changwu, is not sure how he is going to get back his land and his crazy-brave father, but he is sure it will happen. “My dream is to get my land back so I can work it, and to be reunited with my family,” he says.

with Sanghee Liu

Original report from The Sydney Morning Herald

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China 2007: The Year of The Peasants’ Revolt

Posted by Author on January 7, 2008


John Garnaut, The Sydney Morning Herald, Australia, January 5, 2008-

Officials acting like feudal landlords in north-east China may have met their match, writes John Garnaut.

It has been 15 years since the then Heilongjiang provincial governor decreed how his most ambitious agricultural project was to be evaluated: “The Touxing Project involves the credibility of the country and the reputation of Heilongjiang. It can only succeed, it cannot fail.”

In reality the project could never succeed. It was supposed to transform 100,000 hectares of swampy “wasteland” into farmland, but local peasants had mostly done that job already. Officials get around this fundamental problem by appropriating existing village farmland and rebadging it as “reclaimed” wasteland, while sometimes acting as feudal landlords on the side.

But recently there have been signs that this stubborn and quixotic agricultural enterprise in north-east China may finally have met its match: the equally stubborn, equally quixotic, accidental peasant leader Yu Changwu.

“Yu is a man of justice,” says the chief of Dongnangang, a village of 970 people.

“He asks for no money. Even when the village offered he rejected it,” says an old peasant, sitting on the village chief’s bed. “He’s persistent and he has never stopped fighting.”

Another adds “we all admire him”, prompting a ripple of nodding heads.

But Yu Changwu’s son, an unkempt, chain-smoking and charismatic lad named Yu Gang, is loafing silently on the floor. What does he think? “My father is frank and outspoken but he’s not a leader. He’s just an ordinary village man.”

What neighbours see as selfless determination looks more like self-righteousness, or pig-headed stupidity, inside the family home. A villager quietly notes that Yu Changwu’s diabetic wife, Yu Gang’s mother, died a preventable death last year.

“Of course I’m angry,” says Yu Gang. “If he hadn’t been spending all that money on fighting the Government he could have bought medicine for my mother.”

The villagers are all dressed in unwashed shades of black, brown and navy blue, without any hint of unnecessary consumption. But then a shiny red car pulls up and the driver steps out, all dressed in red.

“This is Yu’s number two,” says the village chief, as the new arrival takes her place in the room in the opposite corner to Yu Gang, who is soon to be her stepson.

Yu Changwu was first arrested after a shocking letter was posted on the internet in June, saying that local peasants wanted human rights rather than the cherished Beijing Olympics.

He was released, rearrested and released again, only to put his name to an even more revolutionary letter posted online on December 9. It called for private property rights, on top of human rights, to protect fellow villagers from predatory officials in the city of Fujin.

It read, in part: “They have actually become the landlords, and farmers have been forced to become serfs. We decided to change this structure of land ownership, and protect the land rights of farmers through family ownership or individual ownership.”

Two days later, the Fujin city police again hauled Yu away. He has not been seen since. But he had already set in train a resistance movement that will be hard to stop.

Anxious non-government lawyers in Beijing warned that Yu had directly challenged China’s constitutional prohibition against private ownership of rural land. Excited overseas China watchers, on the other hand, thought they were witnessing early cracks in the foundations of Communist China.

“If the movement indeed takes off, it will be a true, bottom-up land revolution,” wrote Professor Fei-Ling Wang, of Georgia Institute of Technology.

The reality is more prosaic. Yu’s Jeffersonian letter was purportedly written on behalf of 40,000 peasants but it is not a faithful account of their actions or intentions. (to be cont’d)

Original report from The Sydney Morning Herald

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Harsh life for China’s hill farmers

Posted by Author on December 16, 2007


BBC News, Dec. 15, 2007-

As China prepares for the 2008 Olympics, we hear a lot about the economic boom which has transformed the big cities. But BBC Business presenter Peter Day discovers that for villagers, life has not changed that much.

The farmer Ma Yu Bao is an old man.

He and his wife have seen many winters in their cave-like home carved out of a hill in the Ningxia autonomous Hui region in the middle of China.

But this coming winter will be one of the worst in his scattered settlement of Go Jong, or “Deep Ditch” village.

For the past two years, there have been no spring rains in these dry hills, mainly populated by members of a Muslim minority.

Twice in succession, the harvests have failed.

No wheat, no maize, just a handful of sheep for the Ma family to live on, plus help from relatives and a government welfare payment of 200 yuan (£13) a month which only the very poorest are eligible for.

“Life is very hard,” say the Mas, in a fatalistic way.

But their little farmyard looks out on one of the wonders of the world: a mountain landscape that is breathtakingly, picture-book China.

Their cave in the hillside is carved out of loess, the silt dumped by the desert winds over vast areas of the country to a depth of hundreds of feet.

The dry crumbly loess is shaped by occasional rains into fantastic gorges and spectacular cliffs.

And the ingenious Chinese, always short of farmland, have spent generations slicing terraces out of the fragile mountains by hand, making tier above tier of land cultivable to the very top of the hills.

Farmable, maybe, but not very productive in these arid conditions.

Two vicious droughts are merely the latest nasty reminder of the hardship of life in the hills, so far away from the new luxury in China’s booming cities……. (more details from BBC News)

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Residents fear China’s Three Gorges Dam

Posted by Author on November 28, 2007


MAOPING, China (AFP) — Several times this year, Tan Mingzhu had the terrible feeling her home in central China was about to collapse in on her family.

Frightening tremors rocked their simple concrete dwelling four kilometres (2.5 miles) from China’s mammoth Three Gorges Dam, ripping floor-to-ceiling cracks in the walls, and she doesn’t hesitate in assigning blame.

“It’s because of the dam. This started when the dam went into operation (last year),” said Tan, 36, a mother of one.

The fissures in Tan’s home are among mounting examples of the potentially disastrous impacts of the Yangtze river project, China’s biggest public works undertaking since the Great Wall and the world’s biggest hydropower project.

Built mainly for flood control and hydropower, the giant concrete wall built across China’s longest river has been blamed for a host of worsening environmental ills to go with longstanding concerns about the 1.4 million people uprooted so far to make way for the reservoir’s rising waters.

“An extraordinary amount of damage has been done, not only to property but to the irreplaceable network of human and economic relations that made up the region,” said Patricia Adams, executive director of Toronto-based Probe International, which chronicles the dam’s problems.

Government officials and scientists caused a stir in September when they told a conference that the project could lead to an “environmental catastrophe,” with the comments carried by the official Xinhua news agency.

The conference was told that the huge weight of the water behind the dam had started to erode the Yangtze river’s banks in many places, which, together with frequent fluctuations in water levels, had triggered a series of landslides.

Officials said shortly afterwards another four million people in the area would have to be relocated from around the dam.

After those revelations caused global headlines, the government has run a strong media campaign to say there are no major problems and the extra relocations are not related to the dam.

The head of the office in charge of constructing the dam, Wang Xiaofeng, was among the officials to warn of the dangers in September, but he was brought to Beijing to brief reporters on Tuesday and downplay the concerns.

“Regarding the Three Gorges project’s impact on the ecological environment, the benefits outweigh the negative consequences,” Wang said at the press conference, organised by the central government.

But critics and people living in the region remain fearful.

One of the biggest emerging concerns is that the reservoir’s seasonal water fluctuations have unsettled the delicate geology of the area, raising landslide and other seismic dangers.

“This is a geologically risky area and the dam definitely increases those risks,” Chen Guojie, a geologist at the Institute of Mountain Hazards in Chengdu, told AFP.

Residents of Maoping, in Hubei province, such as Zhou Gonghui, whose concrete house on a steep slope regularly groans and cracks, live in daily fear of those dangers.

Many like him were resettled here by the government in the 1990s from now-submerged zones. He wants to leave out of safety but lacks the money and says the government has been unresponsive.

“Of course, we are scared. but we’re just commoners. What can we do?” asked Zhou, 48.

Another longstanding concern frequently raised is that the dam will prevent the river from flushing the billions of tonnes of pollution dumped into it each year.

Despite the problems, and driven by a desire to lessen the country’s heavy reliance on highly polluting coal, new hydroelectric dams are being built at a furious pace.

Nearly three dozen are being built or planned for the upper reaches of the Yantze alone.

Just this week, construction began on the Xiangjiaba project in southwestern Sichuan province, which will have a third of the energy generating capacity of the Three Gorges Dam.

Original report from AFP

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Millions bewildered and scared as world’s largest dam takes shape in China

Posted by Author on November 20, 2007


The Sydney Morning Herald, November 18, 2007-

China stands almost alone in wielding the wealth and will to conjure vast engineering efforts to alter the flow of rivers and the lives of millions. But many of its people are bewildered and frightened as the world’s largest dam takes shape, writes Chris Buckley

In a precarious apartment overlooking the Yangtze River, Xu Faxiu and her sick husband are holding out as the Government wrenches more than 1.4million people from their homes to make way for the vast Three Gorges Dam.

Whole towns and villages have been resettled to higher slopes or distant provinces as the water rises – an exodus that has brought protests of official corruption and inadequate compensation from displaced people, many of them poor farmers.

Before the waters peak at 175metres next year, Xu, 51, and her husband, Chen Kaishen, must abandon “old Badong”, a steep maze of rotting concrete blocks and half-demolished residences.

They are not ready to go. To stay, however, could mean death.

“This place could collapse, I know, but where do we go?” Xu says from her temporary home on the fifth floor of a largely abandoned apartment building.

She and her husband – rendered mute by two strokes – moved in when their old house, further down the slopes, was threatened as authorities began to lift the dam level.

“Everyone here will have to move out soon. I don’t know where we’ll go,” she says. “Complaining is useless. When you’re poor nobody listens.”

Xu and Chen’s story is a small drama illuminating the hardships and tensions the Three Gorges Dam has brought central China’s Hubei province – where Badong lies – and neighbouring Chongqing municipality.

The dam is an engineering feat of staggering proportions which seeks to tame the world’s third-longest river.

The 6300-kilometre Yangtze, which rises on the Tibetan plateau, flows through the towering Three Gorges to irrigate, and often flood, much of the country’s central and eastern plains……. ( more details from the The Sydney Morning Herald)

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Video: China’s Olympic Lie — TV Program by Channel 4, UK

Posted by Author on October 26, 2007


This is a must-to-see TV program for everyone who want to know a true China.Hartley in China

Reporter Aidan Hartley (pictured) discovers that ordinary Beijing citizens are being forced out of their homes to make way for the Olympic infrastructure.

And “black jails” – which the authorities deny exist – have been set up as holding pens for troublemakers.

Watch the TV program on video site Veoh:

Unreported World: China’s Olympic Lie
http://www.veoh.com/browse/videos/category/news/watch/v1357069DKZqmaty

Broadcast by Channel 4 on Oct.19, 2007, this most latest video report shows you how:

– Beijing residences were forcibly evicted from their homes — up to 1.5 million people have been affected

– Those who dare to protest often find themselves surrounded by massive police and locked up without charge or trial in one of Beijing’s black jails, and beaten

– The documentary-makers were attacked by a dozen guards, camera smashed and were detained for six hours, because of their interview with the petitioners

I want to cry when I see so many helpless Chinese residences try to seek help from a foreign reporter by passing their appeal document to him, while surrounded and threatened by so many so-called “people’s police”.

A shameful but true living condition of  Chinese people.

You don’t want to miss this documentary:

Unreported World: China’s Olympic Lie
http://www.veoh.com/browse/videos/category/news/watch/v1357069DKZqmaty

Salute to reporter Aidan Hartley and director Andrew Carter.

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China: Lost-land farmer’s representative tortured, his lawyer denied meeting

Posted by Author on October 16, 2007


Breaking News, SOH Raido Network, October 14th, 2007-

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An insider disclosed that Yang Chun-Lin (the representative for the lost-land farmers in Fujin City) has been tortured in prison. His lawyer, barred from meeting him so far, will again raise his request to meet Yang. The State Security claimed that lately, the case, classified as ‘subversion of state power’, has been transferred to the Procuratorate.

In the morning of 8th October, a family member of Yang Chun-Lin demanded a reply from the head of the interrogation team as to why they inflicted torture on Yang Chun-Lin. The head named Xu had nothing to say in response. The sister of Yang Chun-Lin went to visit him in jail but was denied a chance to see Yang Chun-Lin by the jail authorities who even refused the clothes his family brought to him.

“Recently, it’s been raining and snowing there. I was told that the jail is very cold even in the summer time, not to mention it’s coming close to winter. My brother Chun-Lin uses his clothes to wrap around his feet. We sent him some clothes, and socks but jail officers refused to accept them. They asked us to save money to buy our way inside the jail. I told them that we haven’t got any money.”

An inmate who shared the cell with Yang Chun-Lin and was recently released told Yang’s family that Yang Chun-Lin was badly tortured in jail. The jail authorities used the torture, commonly known as the “Iron Cage”, to torture him. The insider disclosed that the“Iron Cage” is a punishment that confines a person in an iron cage where four limbs are completely strained open, each fastened to a fixture at four corners of an
iron bed. During the punishment, one remains completely still and will not be released even at times of eating, drinking and convenience. Because Yang advocated the concept of democracy and human rights to the inmates, the jail authorities resorted to inflicting torture on him.

The State Security claimed that they would transfer Yang Chun-Lin’s case to the Procuratorate as a suspect of ‘subverting state power’. Li Fang-Ping, the defending lawyer hired for Yang has been barred from seeing Yang Chun-Lin, but he is attempting a second time to meet Yang. The lawyer Li Fang-Ping believed that Yang Chun-Lin’s collecting of signatures on the petition, “Human Rights come before the Olympics”, and his demanding of the thorough investigation on corrupted officials who confiscated farmers’ lands, are within the scope of freedom of expression as a citizen.

[Recording]
“We had gone through the legal procedures, but so far they have not replied to us. We wonder if this is caused by incomplete procedures somewhere or is a message saying that our meeting with him is denied. We attempted twice to meet him and waited there for one week. If they really found flaws in our filled out form, then, we could withdraw it and redo another one. But they will not agree to withdraw the form.”

Since Yang Chun-Lin was arrested on 6th July by the special interrogation team set up by the Heilongjiang Provincial State Security office and Jia-Mu-Si City Branch, they have been applying all kinds of means to make Yang renounce and repent, but all their efforts have ended in vain.

Because Yang Chun-Lin actively supported and participated in a relayed hunger-strike ignited by Beijing renowned human rights lawyer Gao Zhi-Sheng, the local police bureau and the State Security followed him, and spied on him. He was summoned for interrogations four times by the State Security officers. To help folks in the northeastern region defend their basic rights against autocracy, he stepped into the lost-land farmers case of Fujin City in 2007, raising the slogan “Human Rights come before the Olympics”.

Yang Chun-Lin spent over half a year under arduous conditions on the outskirts of Heilongjiang, (Fujin region) and had collected over seven thousand real names of lost-land farmers to support the boycott of the Olympics. Due to poverty, he ate and stayed in the open air (regardless of the weather) walking hundreds of miles under heavy snow of 30 degrees below zero, to and fro between Jia-Mu-Si and Fujin. His feet bled with blisters and both feet were swollen and purple due to injuries. He visited one village after another, household after household, patiently explaining to the lost-land farmers who have been under the thumbnail of the Communist Party for over ten years, helping them seek a way out of misery, and to end their sufferings by effectively defending their human rights.

The seven thousand names he gathered on the petition of “Human Rights Come before the Olympics” (with the letter of the appeal) have been submitted to the International Olympic Committee and UN Human Rights Organization via Pan Qing, the liaison for the Alliance of Global Anti-Terrorism and Human Rights Defense.

The above news is brought to you by Qin Yue, reported by Chris Thomas and Jenny Settle for Breaking News on SOH Radio Network.

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It Takes An angry Village to Revolt In Rural China

Posted by Author on October 12, 2007


Residents occupy seat of local government, fed up with officials selling off communal farmland

Bill Schiller, ASIA BUREAU, the Toronto Star, Canada, Oct 11, 2007-

XIANTANG VILLAGE, China–After years of simmering suspicion and mounting anger, the citizens of this sleepy south China village of 3,500 decided they weren’t going to take it anymore.

They were disturbed by what they saw: local politicians seemed to keep getting richer and everyone else kept falling behind while communally owned farmland kept disappearing beneath commercial developments.

Local citizens wanted to know how these land deals were done and where the proceeds were going.

They had a right to know.

Under law, farmland – unlike urban land – is owned by the community as a whole and regarded as the bedrock of a Chinese peasant’s means to make a living.

So on July 2, hundreds of concerned citizens laid siege to Xiantang Village Hall demanding to examine the books.

Today – 101 days later – the citizens are still here.

Occupy the government administration building

It may be unprecedented in modern China. Citizens not only accused their leaders of corruption, but drove them from office and continue to occupy the central administration building – a modern five-storey structure now festooned with fiery red banners.

It is an astonishing sight in an authoritarian state.

“SUPPORT GENERAL SECRETARY HU JINTAO’S SPIRIT OF ANTI-CORRUPTION,” a 20-metre long banner shouts, invoking the Chinese president’s name. “BUILD A HARMONIOUS SOCIETY TOGETHER. FIGHT TO THE END THE CORRUPT OFFICIALS WHO VIOLATE THE PEOPLE’S BENEFITS.”

Inside the building a number of citizens have set up basic housekeeping, bringing with them bedding, small stoves and cooking utensils. Others occupy the building only during the day.

One recent afternoon there were about 200 people inside the hall.

A few are in their early 20s. But many are middle-aged and greying, and some are even in their late 80s.

All want a thorough examination of the village committee’s dealings and, if wrongdoing is found, they want prosecutions.

In the large and comfortable council chambers, citizens have erected a painting of former leader Mao Zedong.

“Mao granted us this land,” citizen Lai Shunyou explains solemnly, seated in one of the upholstered chairs. “And they (the former village committee) sold this land to developers behind our back!”

Lai Jiawen, in his mid-40s, speaks with urgency. “If we don’t stand up to them now, there won’t be a single piece of land left. We make a living from that land. But now – we have almost nothing.”

Nearby, a few of the elderly take seats and lean in, listening intently.

“These old people cry almost every day,” says a woman, Li Jianrong.

Corruption involving local government officials and land deals is widespread in China.

The powerful central government has said so openly.

Last month a senior official in the Ministry of Land and Resources announced a nationwide campaign to rein in such corruption.

Gan Zangchun criticized local governments that have “arbitrarily expanded development areas in violation of the master plan,” saying the central government is prepared to act. Given that commitment, citizens here can’t understand why no government, at any level, has come to their aid.

Even the police have stood back.

Accounting books found

As recently as Sept. 21, citizens say, two men associated with the former village committee arrived at council offices and began loading boxes into a minivan preparing to carry them away.

Locals demanded to know what was inside the boxes. When the men said they were “mooncakes” – a traditional Chinese pastry enjoyed during the mid-autumn festival – close to 1,000 citizens blocked the vehicle. They then ripped open the boxes and discovered years of village accounting ledgers inside.

Until then, the villagers had been unable to locate the accounting books.

The records revealed details concerning land trades and factory rents and management fees about which the villagers had known nothing.

“There were millions in revenues – which was news to the villagers,” said a short but detailed summary entitled “A Desperate Plea from Xiantang Villagers” compiled by citizens and provided to the Toronto Star.

Citizens called police to report an attempted theft of the accounting books but police said the incident was beyond their jurisdiction.

“The people here were outraged,” says Lai Shunyou.

Appeals ignored by higher levels

Over the past 100 days, the citizens have sent delegations to ever higher levels of government, appealing for an investigation. They have gone to Longjiang Town, to Shunde District, to Foshan City, to the province of Guangdong and even to the central government’s national petitioning office, which hears appeals from citizens in the distant provinces who believe they have been ill-treated by local governments.

None of these offices have offered satisfaction.

A so-called investigation by a team from the town was dismissed by locals as a whitewash.

They point out that no villagers were allowed to participate.

Medias blocked

Citizens also complain that news about the events in Xiantang is being blocked.

“No one can hear of the villagers’ suffering. Reporters are forbidden to report on it,” the citizen’s letter says.

None of mainland China’s newspapers, which are all state-owned or state-controlled, have reported on the villagers’ protest.

Only a single paper in Hong Kong, The Sun, filed a short story in late September.

Lives threated

Meanwhile, without government assistance and without media coverage, citizens say they have now become targets of intimidation and revenge attacks believed to originate from the family and supporters of the politicians driven from power.

They say recent “terrorist incidents” have included a villager being burned out of his home; the assault of a woman in her 60s in front of others at the Village Hall; the pouring of red oil at the front doors of grocery stores and barber shops of those participating in the occupation; and the locking of a citizen’s front door with a towel soaked in gasoline.

Villagers believe their lives and safety are under threat.

Still, they continue to guard the village accounts, hopeful that “wise, higher officials” will grant them justice and finally order a thorough investigation.

Meanwhile, an official reached at Longjiang Town this week said he couldn’t comment on events at Xiantang Village and referred calls to Shunde’s press office. Repeated calls there went unanswered.

And officials at Guangdong province press office declined to respond to questions faxed to them at their request.

[Note] Section title added by Chinaview

Original report from the Toronto Star

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Thousands Protest Steel Factory’s Beating 2 Workers To Deaths in South China

Posted by Author on October 10, 2007


By Xing Fei, Epoch Time Staff, Oct 07, 2007-

When workers from the Fuxin Steel Ltd. in Tongling, China demanded the owner fulfill his promise for housing that they had already contributed to, they were met with a hired gang that fiercely beat the workers with blunt weapons. The incident killed two and left 14 others severely injured. The assault ignited the rage of thousands of factory workers and they marched in downtown Tongling in protest. A large number of police were deployed to keep the situation under control.

Local authorities are actively censoring information on this matter; postings on online forums have been quickly deleted. When The Epoch Times contacted a local newspaper by phone, they explained that they had received complaints from workers on the day of the beating, but authorities had prevented the publication of this information. An online forum moderator said that he received an order to delete any posting related to the incident.

Workers Beaten to Death, Thousands Take to the Streets

Unidentified eyewitnesses have provided The Epoch Times with details:

“The factory owner hired about 200 thugs from out of town,” explained one man who refused to give his name. “They were all wearing helmets and sunglasses. Rumor has it that these thugs all have gangster backgrounds. They were carrying shovels, rakes, steel pipes, and hammers. They were beating workers like mad. Two workers died and 14 were taken to hospital for emergency treatment.”

“Around noon on [September] 26th, dozens of workers went to the factory to demand a resolution to the housing issue,” said Wong, a worker at the factory. “When they were about 150 feet from the factory doors, 200 armed men came out of nowhere and started beating anyone in sight. They were even hitting women and old people. Cops were standing about 30 feet away, but they just stood and watched. Two workers were beaten to death, and many more were injured.”

“The rest of workers were enraged when they heard about this,” Wong continued. “The anger and frustration that had been building over time just exploded. On September 27, everyone marched down Changjian [a major street in Tongling] heading toward downtown, and people were carrying banners and yelling things like, ‘Hand over the killers! Lives lost will be repaid with their lives! We want our co-workers back!’ ‘Return our co-workers! Blood for blood!’ and ‘Killers must be punished!’ Major intersections were blocked by the protest, and bystanders were giving their support to the protesting workers. Protesters began to leave the area only after the authorities came and said that the issue would be resolved.”

But to date, nothing has been done to address the workers complaints. “It hasn’t been resolved yet,” Wong said. “There will probably be more to this story to come.”

Failure to Fulfill Housing Commitment, Joint Extortion

The Epoch Times contacted Tongling People’s Hospital, and one doctor confirmed that the facility had admitted more than a dozen injured factory workers on the day of the incident, and added that severely injured individuals were placed in the ICU. However, the Tongling Police Department has denied such a confrontation had ever taken place. No one answered calls at both the steel factory or the city government.

A factory worker named Du explained that Tongling Fuxin Steel Ltd. was established in 1970, the then state owned facility. In 2005, the Tongling city government sold it to a private enterprise in Fujian province.

“Workers lost all their benefits and job security after the factory was sold,” said Du. “The remaining benefits were whittled away by the owner and the government through what they call ‘reform.’ Their ‘reform’ means working together to take our money.”

“Back then the factory charged everyone a 50,000 yuan (US$6,500) housing fee and promised to improve the housing situation,” Du continued. “Since that time nothing has been done to change things. This beating is apparently a collaboration between the factory owner, the government, and gangsters. I don’t see this being resolved.”

Authorities Silence Media

Insiders told The Epoch Times that the factory definitely has some kind of connection to the local government, because after the incident, the local government worked very hard to cover it up. They were able to silence the media and shut down online forums.

The Epoch Timess contacted a local newspaper by phone, and was directly told that they had received complaints from the workers on the day of the beating, but the local newspaper supervisor was preventing the news from being released.

“The web forums didn’t let anyone post anything,” said Wong. “Every time you post something it gets deleted in less than 10 minutes, so you can see how much effort they are putting into this. A web forum administrator said he had orders to prevent this topic from appearing. Anything related to it is to be deleted at once.”

“Many government officials are being paid off by the factory owner,” Wong continued. “That’s why they are covering this up. No one at the provincial level dares to interfere with this either. But even though they can censor the internet, they can’t stop people from talking. This news is spreading fast through word of mouth. They can’t cover this up completely.”

– Original report from the Epochtimes: Thousands Protest Factory Beating Deaths in China

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China to Relocate 100,000 Tibetan Nomads From Grasslands Into Towns

Posted by Author on October 3, 2007


BBC News, Tuesday, 2 October 2007-

China is ordering 100,000 nomadic Tibetans to move from grasslands into towns and villages in a bid to protect the environment, state media said.

The Tibetans are being relocated to protect the source area of key Chinese rivers in north-west China’s Qinghai province, Xinhua news agency reported.

The grasslands are suffering from overgrazing, desertification and the effects of climate change, it said.

Some 60,000 people will be moved by year-end and 40,000 more by 2010.

Housing will be provided for all those forced to move, Xinhua said, but the head of one Tibetan community said it was not an easy process.

Tibetan lifestyle

Qinghai province is a source for both the Yangtze and Yellow rivers, but experts have warned of a crisis over water supply.

Climate change is melting glaciers that feed the rivers and subterranean water supplies have been reduced by increased population and industrialisation, experts say.

The relocation programme, aimed at restoring the ecology of the grasslands, is China’s biggest resettlement project, Xinhua said.

Those who move will be given accommodation and greenhouses in which to grow vegetables, Li Xiaonan, an official in charge of the project, told the agency.

But the BBC’s James Reynolds, in Beijing, says that it appears that the nomads have no choice in the matter.

The ruling communist party says that everyone affected is being offered compensation, but that is unlikely to satisfy Tibetans, our correspondent says.

Many argue that China has been determined for many years to destroy their way of life as a people.

Environmentalists suggest that if China is really keen on protecting its environment it should focus its efforts on cleaning up its polluted rivers and reducing its carbon emissions, our correspondent says.

– Original report from BBC news: China to relocate Tibetan nomads

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Rights Advocates: Real China Before The Beijing Olympics- A Garden In Concentration Camp

Posted by Author on September 14, 2007


Breaking News, SOH Radio Network

Chinese human rights lawyer Teng Biao and human rights activist Hu Jia published an article together, it describes the real China which is now full of injustice, tears, imprisonment, torture and blood. It also gives evidence as to whether or not the human rights status in China has improved.

In the article, it says 1.25 million people had to move out from their homes by force due to construction projects for the Olympic stadiums. There are also incidents of forced-demolition of people’s property in Beijing, Shen Yang, Shanghai, and Qin Huang Dao, where other stadiums are constructed for the Olympic Games.

The government stops, detains and forcefully sends back the appealers with the excuse of building up good images for the cities.

It also detains the human rights activists, dissidents and writers who are not afraid to tell the truth.

The government also suppresses the freedom of belief.

Hu Jia said, the Beijing authorities think the human rights activists and their voices are the biggest threat to them before the Olympic Games. They’re trying to give the appearance of a harmonious society, so human rights advocates Gao Zhisheng and Chen Guangchen become their typical targets, as the authority wants to “kill one to warn a hundred”.

Hu said:”it is so despicable. For the outside world, it appears to be a harmonious, peaceful, democratic, and free country; in fact, it has designed a big plot to cheat the whole world. It just likes a garden in a concentration camp. They only show people the garden, but behind the flowers and trees, there is brutal suppression and violent treatments towards the Chinese people. That is the real situation.”

Hu also said that the government has made some progress on their suppression, in the next 300 days, the voice of human rights protecters will be restricted, as the most firm-willed and active advocates have been arrested.

However, the constant suppression will lead to another extreme. He said: “They may push so hard on the people that they will start to rebel. The people have to let others hear their voices. If the Chinese government wants everyone to close their mouths, be completely quiet, or create some kind of harmonious society, it is absolutely impossible.”

The last sentence in the article is “Without human dignity and rights, there will be no real Olympic Games.”

– Original report from The SOH: The Real China before the Olympic Games

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China: Beijing to “Clean up” Petitioners’ Village, Some 4,000 Could Forced Out

Posted by Author on September 6, 2007


Human Rights Watch, September 6, 2007-

(New York, September 6, 2007) – The Beijing municipal government should immediately reverse plans to demolish a settlement where up to 4,000 citizens petitioning for official redress of grievances reside, Human Rights Watch said today. The Fengtai District settlement houses some of the tens of thousands of people who travel to the capital every year to lodge petitions with the central authorities in the hope of redressing local corruption and abuses.

Human Rights Watch has received reports that official notices of the looming demolition were posted in the settlement in southern Beijing’s Fengtai District on August 30. The notices state that all residents must vacate the area by noon on September 19. The notices provide no information regarding possible compensation or relocation assistance. Chinese law requires property developers, or the government departments acting on their behalf, to approach existing residents at each site, whether homeowner or tenants, to advise them of their eviction and negotiate compensation.

“Petitioners are some of China’s most vulnerable citizens, and they have a right to housing while they pursue their legal claims,” said Sophie Richardson, Asia advocacy director at Human Rights Watch. “Demolishing the Fengtai settlement only adds insult to injury.”

China’s petitioning, or xinfang, system dates back thousands of years and is designed to allow ordinary people to raise formal grievances about subjects ranging from police brutality and illegal land seizures to corruption. Official regulations require government petitioning offices to personally interview all petitioners, make a permanent record of the complaint, and resolve it within 60 days.

In practice, petitioners, activists and representatives who try to help them are routinely attacked, beaten, threatened, intimidated and kidnapped by police and plainclothes thugs who operate on official behest of local authorities who do not want their own records tarnished in the eyes of the central government. Petitioners are also routinely denied access to government offices in Beijing. Those who are permitted to air their grievances are often left waiting months or years for an official response. These abuses have been extensively documented in the 87-page Human Rights Watch report “‘We Could Disappear at Any Time’: Retaliation and Abuses Against Chinese Petitioners.”

Petitioners are also under threat of harassment and detention by municipal security forces ordered to keep petitioners off the capital’s streets ahead of and during important political events. During the annual session of China’s National People’s Congress in March, more than 700 petitioners in Beijing were detained, many of whom were forcibly sent back to their home provinces.

Chinese scholars have documented severe inadequacies in the petitioning system. The results of a survey of petitioners to Beijing conducted earlier this year by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), one of the government’s most influential academic think-tanks, indicated that the 2005 Regulations on Letters and Visits, designed to improve the responsiveness of local governments to local grievances and thus help reduce the number of petitioners coming to Beijing, has failed.

The CASS survey revealed that 71 percent of petitioners surveyed have been the victims of increased intimidation and retaliation; 64 percent have been detained at some point; and only 5 percent of those surveyed reported that local governments have become more attentive to dispute resolution since the 2005 regulations were enacted.

“If a Chinese government survey clearly states that petitioners are being ill-treated and urges local authorities to help resolve their problems, it makes no sense that municipal authorities in Beijing are doing precisely the reverse,” said Richardson.

Petitioner activists in the Fengtai District settlement said that the looming demolition will mark the last stage of destruction of the area, which once housed up to 10,000 people before municipal authorities began tearing it down shortly after Beijing won its bid for the 2008 Olympic Games in 2001.

The area is under surveillance by up to 200 uniformed and plainclothes policemen and the majority of petitioners living there can’t afford alternative housing if the eviction proceeds, those activists said. Foreign journalists who visit the area are routinely harassed, detained and questioned by police in violation of Olympics-driven temporary regulations granting wider media freedom from January 1, 2007.

Although the official notices attribute the timing of the evictions and demolition to planned road construction, it is equally a result of a “clean-up” of the city ahead of the 17th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party in October. The congress, which is held only every five years, is a typically sensitive period for the government because it is the forum in which the next generation of Communist Party leaders will be unveiled.

China’s Ministry of Public Security has urged Beijing police to “mobilize all resources” to prevent petitioners from reaching central government offices while petitioners from Hubei province have been specifically warned by government officials to leave the capital ahead of the congress, the South China Morning Post reported in August.

“The Beijing municipal government’s plan to demolish the homes of thousands of petitioners and evict them without compensation or alternate housing is an unacceptable violation of people’s basic right to shelter,” said Richardson. “The local authorities should be focusing their efforts on resolving these people’s problems, not compounding them.”

– Original report from Human Rights Watch : China: Beijing Petitioners’ Village Faces Demolition

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