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Riot in south China after officials beat to death a disabled fruit vendor

Posted by Author on July 27, 2011


(Reuters) – Angry residents in a southern Chinese city went on the rampage after officials apparently beat to death a disabled fruit vendor, a state media said on Wednesday, in the latest incident of social unrest in the world’s second-largest economy.

The China Daily said that thousands of people gathered on the streets of Anshun in Guizhou province on Tuesday afternoon, throwing stones at police and overturning a government vehicle.

The riot was sparked after urban management officers — a quasi-police force that enforces laws against begging and other petty offences — were suspected of beating the vendor to death, the newspaper said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese family of patient who died wound six people in Shanghai hospital rampage

Posted by Author on February 1, 2011


A family armed with knives rampaged through a Shanghai hospital , wounding six people and trying to throw a doctor out of a window after a relative died there.

Twenty relatives of the patient, identified as Liu Yonghua, stormed through the Xinhua hospital’s thoracic surgery department after Liu died yesterday, the Eastnet website and Dragon TV reported.

Family members tried to throw the department’s deputy director from an eighth floor window but other employees stopped them, Eastnet reported. Read the rest of this entry »

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85% of urban Chinese cannot afford to buy a home as inflation accelerates

Posted by Author on December 11, 2010


By Malcolm Moore, in Shanghai, via telegraph.co.uk, Dec. 11, 2010 –

China’s property bubble has grown so huge that 85pc of Chinese living in cities can no longer afford to buy a home, according to an influential Chinese government think tank.

The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) said in its annual Economic Blue Paper that a typical Chinese property now costs 8.8 years of average earnings. Read the rest of this entry »

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UN Protestors Highlight China’s Forced House Eviction Problem

Posted by Author on August 9, 2010


NTDTV, Via Dailymotion.com, Aug. 9, 2010 –

[Chen Xuxing, Forced Eviction Victim]:
“This is a photo of my house. It had 4 floors and was close to 500 square meters.”

Chen Xuxing’s house is gone. A local real estate developer in Wuhan wanted to use his land to build a park, but Mr. Chen didn’t agree. So the company forced him out of him home—and then demolished it.

It’s known as forced eviction, and in China, it’s one of the most serious problems facing the country today. Developers, often working with local officials, have rushed to cash in on a real estate boom. Often, it involves driving residents off desirable land.

Residents have little legal protection—even when companies do illegal things to force them out.

[Chen Xuxing, Forced Eviction Victim]:

“Because we didn’t reach an agreement, three days later they employed thugs to break into my house.”

This is video footage from the surveillance camera on Mr. Chen’s house.

[Chen Xuxing, Forced Eviction Victim]:
“Several dozen people came, thugs came to break down my door…After beating me in the house until my head was bleeding, they pulled me outside to beat me. They said they had taken me outside to beat me so the neighbors could see, and that whoever doesn’t move will end up like this.”

Mr. Chen was hospitalized for two months.

He shot this footage after leaving the hospital. His street is filled with the debris of demolished houses. This couple stands in the ruins of their home—torn down with all their belongings still inside. Other houses are marked with the word “demolish.”

Mr. Chen says the development company was colluding with local officials. When Mr. Chen was attacked, neighbors called the police, but they didn’t show up until the following afternoon. Local authorities also refused to listen to the residents’ protests.

According to the Asia Advocacy Director at Human Rights Watch, this type of corruption is common in China.

NTDTV

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

Posted by Author on June 8, 2010


Reuters, Tue Jun 8, 2010 –

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reuters

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Hanged to protest at being evicted, 56-year-old man’s Body Snatched by 200 Police in south China

Posted by Author on May 27, 2010


Radio Free Asia, May 26, 2010 –

HONG KONG— Authorities in the southern Chinese city of Changsha snatched the dead body of a 56-year-old man who hanged himself in protest at being evicted from his home to make way for a major property development, residents said.

“A vehicle came from the undertaker’s to take the dead body away, but the [relatives] refused,” said a resident of Changsha’s Rongwan township surnamed Ding.

“At this point there were a lot of police on the scene, some in camouflage, probably about 200 of them in all,” she said.

“Several of them dragged the body out, then about seven or eight of them lifted it into the vehicle.”

She said relatives had erected a marquee in the street to hold a funeral rite for Huang Jianhua, a laid-off worker who lived in accommodations belonging to the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China branch at No. 1 Baishaye Road.

Huang, 56, was found dead by a neighbor Friday, with a suicide note in his pocket saying he had been forced to sign an eviction agreement against his will.

The owner of a nearby business surnamed Xu was also at the scene.

“There were about 200 people: police, local community officials, and municipal management office in charge of the evictions,” Xu said.

“They put the body into a vehicle and took it to the undertaker’s.”

“There were a lot of onlookers as well … some people were taking photos on their cell phones and the police grabbed them immediately and wouldn’t let them do that,” he said.

Police confirm suicide

“There were a couple of elderly people I guessed were his parents. The old lady was lifted into the vehicle by four of five people.”

A police officer at the nearby Wangyuehu police station confirmed the suicide.

“Yes,” he said, when asked if an evictee had hanged himself, but declined to give further details.

A relative of Huang’s, surnamed Liu, confirmed that there was a suicide note in which Huang expressed his deep dissatisfaction with the eviction agreement.

“We are still in discussions about this, but so far there hasn’t been any result. We have reached an initial agreement and the body has been taken to the undertaker’s,” Liu said.

An employee who answered the phone at the Changsha municipal government offices denied the suicide and the tussle over Huang’s remains, but she confirmed the large police presence in the area……. (more details from Radio Free Asia)

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Home Demolished for World Expo, Shanghai Petitioners Seek Just Compensation

Posted by Author on April 3, 2010


Human Rights in China, Apr. 1, 2010-

As Shanghai authorities prepare for the World Expo, scheduled to begin on May 1 this year, the five-year ordeal of Hu Yan (胡燕)  and her family – whose ancestral home was demolished without the family’s consent – illustrates the strong-arm tactics of the authorities when it comes to official requisition of residential land for the World Expo. During the past five years, Hu and her husband Jiang Bin (姜斌) were the objects of official coercion, threats, and detention as they tried to petition their case to the authorities.

Hu Yan traveled to New York from Shanghai in February this year, leaving behind her family, including her infant daughter, so that she can bring her story to the attention of the international media.

Hu Yan told Human Rights in China (HRIC) that in 2004, she received notification that the small ancestral family home where she, her husband Jiang Bin, and her mother Chen Jufang (陈菊芳) were residing fell within the area selected for the site of the Shanghai 2010 World Expo and would be requisitioned. They were among the some 28,000 people who would eventually be relocated to make way for the World Expo. Situated at 13 West Chenjiazhai, Yaohua Road, Pudong New District, Shanghai, the house measured at 14 square meters – about 10 feet by 15 feet.

The World Expo Relocation Policy for the Pudong New District provides for compensation to those who have ownership of or the “right to use” the property, or have their hukou registered at the location.

Hu and her mother had their hukou registration at the location, but Hu’s husband and father did not. According to Hu, her father has been living and working in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region since he responded to the government’s call to help develop the region decades earlier, but plans to retire soon and come to live with his family in Shanghai. Hu and her mother feel that the family is entitled to compensation for four people, not two.

The two sides were unable to reach an agreement. On December 29, 2005, the Pudong New District authorities forcibly demolished the home of Hu Yan’s family when no one was present.

During the negotiation that lasted from mid to late 2005, the authorities put great pressure on Hu Yan and her mother to sign an agreement for demolition and relocation as soon as possible. Officials at the Pudong New District Gongli Hospital – Hu Yan’s work unit – including the director and the party committee secretary, threatened her with dismissal if she didn’t sign the agreement. The head of the workers’ union told her, “There is no rule of law to speak of in our country; the organization decides everything.” The hospital kept up the pressure in the two years that followed the demolition: Hu was denied bonuses and promotion. Under strain, Hu Yan even attempted suicide…….(More details from Human Rights in China)

Posted in China, City resident, corruption, East China, Forced Evictions, housing, Human Rights, Law, Life, News, People, Petitioner, Politics, shanghai, Social, World | Comments Off on Home Demolished for World Expo, Shanghai Petitioners Seek Just Compensation

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

Posted by Author on February 4, 2010


Epoch Times Staff, Feb 3, 2010-

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

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

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

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

Policemen Standby without Helping

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

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

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4,000 Forcibly evicted Shanghai residents called on China to hold talks

Posted by Author on January 5, 2010


Radio Free Asia, Jan. 5, 2010-

LOS ANGELES—A campaigner on behalf of Shanghai residents forcibly evicted from their homes to make way for the 2010 World Expo buildings has called on the government to hold talks with evictees, many of whom say they are still homeless and lacking promised compensation.

“We don’t understand the so-called political issues that our government talks about,” said Shen Ting, the chairperson of a rights group set up to represent families evicted to make way for the event.

“We just want some sort of solution to the situation of people who were forcibly evicted from their homes,” said Shen, who is chairperson of the China Alliance for Victims of Injustice.

Describing the evictees as “destitute and homeless,” Shen said whether or not the Shanghai Expo opens smoothly will depend on the level of sincerity shown by the Shanghai government.

“If they are sincere, I don’t think there will be many problems,” said Shen, who is currently in the United States to publicize the campaign.

“The Chinese government is always telling people overseas what great results it has produced from 30 years of economic reforms, but these results have come from stealing property from ordinary citizens,” she said.

Hardship alleged

She said many of the estimated 4,000 evictees are still in a situation of great hardship after being kicked out of their homes to make way for the Expo.

“This is extremely unfair and immoral,” Shen said, calling on municipal officials to hold meetings with evictees.

“Any problem can be dealt with by sitting down and talking about it,” she said. “It should be a top priority for them not to allow the victims to be destitute and homeless.”

She said Shanghai officials appear to fear that dealing with the landmark complaint case lodged by evictee He Maozhen will spark a deluge of further claims for compensation.

“How are they to deal with the problems of 4,000 people? So instead they have turned away and refused to deal with us,” Shen said. “This is an unacceptable attitude.”…… (more details from Radio Free Asia)

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China: 2,000 Church Members in Shanghai Hunted, Interrogated and Threatened after Stand-off with Police

Posted by Author on November 13, 2009


China Aid, November 13, 2009 –

SHANGHAI–Tensions reached a high when Public Security officials sealed off the doors and locked down Wanbang Missionary Church the evening of Thursday, November 12. Church members banded together at the doors as  officials barred the entrance to protect the associate pastor as he tried to leave the premises. PSB officials blocked their way, creating a standoff until church members agreed to leave after meeting for a short prayer service. Under the protection of the crowd, the associate pastor of Wanbang Church was able to escape.

Preparing to welcome President Obama, local Shanghai authorities have  launched a city-wide man-hunt for the members of Wanbang church, endeavoring to disband all religious meetings with the efforts of multiple agencies, including PSB, RAB, SSB (State Security Bureau) and Offices from District, Building management, and more. Already, many of the 2000 members have been severely questioned and threatened. These attacks followed the PSB’s unsuccessful attempts to break up the church gathering the morning of Sunday, November 8th, in their building and the first attack on November 2nd. Authorities broke in and banned the church on Sunday, November 2 (See the press release), (the first attack since banning the church in February) and issued the formal Notice of Abolishment to senior Pastor Cui Quan on Tuesday, November 10. All of seven church pastors also received official notices declaring their pastoral status as “self-claimed illegal preachers” and were ordered to stop their “illegal religious activities.”

The church website was also forcibly shut down by government censorship services the morning of November 8, to prevent any negative reporting on human rights prior to President Obama’s visit to China. Pastor Cui’s cell phone number is “no longer in service.” These restrictions are another step in clamping down on all communication of churches in the days before President Obama visits China, illustrating how bold the Chinese have become in blatantly ignoring religious freedom and human rights. Due to the intense central government-led crackdown, ChinaAid has been unable to obtain a copy of the Notice of Abolishment or any formal documentation of these attacks. Click here for a translation of the Chinese report on the incident, 11/12. …… (more details from China Aid)

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Death Summons— Man Dies at Police Station in East China

Posted by Author on November 7, 2009


By Gu Qing’er, Epoch Times,  Staff Nov 6, 2009 –

Eight police officers arrived at Jiang Ming’s home in Qindao City, Shandong Province on Sept. 15. Jiang, 38 years old and healthy, was summoned to the Badaguan Police Station to sign documents related to an incident from 2006 that had never been closed. Two hours later he was dead, leaving behind a young wife, a 9-year-old son, and elderly parents with illnesses.

Jiang’s wife, Gao Lianqiao, had asked to accompany him to the police station but was not allowed. Worried, she went to the station about an hour after he was taken.

“I found my husband tied with iron rods to an interrogation chair with his head hanging down. I called his name, but he did not respond. He was drooling and appeared to be having a convulsion.

“I asked the police why he was still handcuffed. I wanted them to hurry and take him to a hospital, but they said they would have to wait until after their lunch break to get permission for hospitalization from the Municipal Public Security Bureau. My husband was dying! I was crying very loudly,” Gao said.

Deputy director of the police station Chen Wei responded to Gao by pounding the table and yelling, “I’ll be responsible if he dies,” Gao recounted. She said Chen only agreed to send Jiang to a hospital after Jiang’s older brother and sister-in-law arrived and began calling higher authorities with their cell phones.

But Jiang was not carried to the police car. Instead, police grabbed his arms and dragged him to the car. As the family watched in horror, he stopped breathing and died. Family members said blood was coming out from his ears and liquid from his nose. There were bruises all over his body.

Though there were hospitals in the vicinity, he was taken to a hospital far away where little was done to resuscitate him, according to Gao.

Suspecting he was tortured to death, Jiang’s family has been appealing to various government departments. All the local public security departments, administrative departments, and courts have refused to become involved, and no suspects have been arrested.

“Our son is only 9 years old. He was doing very well at school, but now he doesn’t talk much and cries whenever someone mentions his father’ s death. My mother-in-law suffers from heart disease and cries all day. My father-in-law is diabetic. The whole family is now in chaos,” Gao said……. (more details from The Epochtimes)

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Shanghai Church Banned by State Agencies

Posted by Author on November 4, 2009


China Aid, Nov. 4, 2009-

SHANGHAI— On November 2, more than 30 officials from Shanghai Municipal Public Security Bureau, the State Administration on Religious Affairs (SARA) and two other government agencies forced entry into the Wanbang Missionary Church of Shanghai. They singled out Cui Quan, the senior pastor of the church, and the leaders from the different agencies interrogated him one by one. They accused the church of holding an illegal gathering and ordered the members to cease their meetings indefinitely. Meanwhile, Shanghai Municipal Public Security Bureau police stations around the city conducted interrogated other major church partners affiliated with Wanbang Missionary Church. They police officers unanimously concluded that the church was meeting illegally, and they subsequently threatened the church leaders, banning the church, and forbidding them from meeting in the future.

Wanbang Missionary Church came under fire by the local authorities earlier this year, when SARA officials tried to disband the 4th Seminar of the Chinese Urban House Church Pastors Fellowship, hosted by the church in February. Under the threat of cancellation, Wanbang Church moved their conference to another location, and later discovered their landlord was being pressured to terminate their rental contract withing the following 30 days. View the Press Release from February 14, 2009.

Wanbang Missionary Church of Shanghai has a congregation of about 1,200 and is one of the most influential urban house churches in China.  The brazen persecution of the church by the government is a sign that the government’s persecution of house churches is escalating.

China Aid

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China: Shanghai Rights Activist Beaten and Detained Following Protest

Posted by Author on October 30, 2009


Human Rights in China, October 29, 2009 –

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Shen Peilan (沈佩兰), a Shanghai-based forced-evictions petitioner, has been detained. Shen’s husband, Cai Jingcheng(蔡净成), told HRIC that Shen was taken away from their home at 3:00 p.m. on October 29 by officers from the public security bureau of Maqiao Township in Pudong New Area, Shanghai. Based on information provided by Shen before her detention, she was beaten by police officers on October 27 when she went to visit rights defense lawyer Zheng Enchong (郑恩宠). Shen had participated in a rally on Nanjing Road in Shanghai on October 23, 2009, to protest the conviction of another Shanghai petitioner, Duan Chunfang (段春芳), who had been sentenced to 18 months in prison. Prior to that, just before October 1, Shen went to Beijing.

Cai told HRIC that the police at Maqiao Township public security bureau said that Shen is forbidden to go to Beijing, and that she was being detained for ten days for “disturbing public order.” Cai said that the police refused to give him any official documentation regarding the detention. …… (more from Human Rights in China)

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China tourist Appeals in Front of Taiwan Presidential Palace for Help

Posted by Author on August 30, 2009


Epoch Times Staff, Aug 30, 2009  –

An unsatisfied mainland petitioner, Zhang Kunshan of Henan Province, went to the Presidential Palace in Taiwan to seek help. (The Epoch Times)

An unsatisfied mainland petitioner, Zhang Kunshan of Henan Province, went to the Presidential Palace in Taiwan to seek help. (The Epoch Times)

After six years of unsuccessful petitioning to different levels of Chinese authorities, Zhang Kunshan of Henan Province, recently appealed in front of the Presidential Palace in Taiwan, hoping to get attention from the media and obtain legal help from Taiwan’s lawyers.

Zhang came to Taiwan as a tourist on the 19th. Instead of traveling with his group, he went to the Presidential Palace and hung a banner on a tree on which he described how the corrupted local officials took away his house and money.

The Immigration Department found and resettled him seven days later. Guo Weiqi, an immigration officer, said Zhang was very emotional when they seized him. He threatened not to leave Taiwan unless the Taiwan government agreed to pass his letter to the top Chinese regime leaders. He finally calmed down after he got the promise from the immigration department.

Zhang accepted an interview with The Epoch Times on August 26 and presented his petition letter. He writes:” Tian Qingzhong, the secretary general of Xinxiang City, Wang Shangsheng, the Political and Legal Secretary, Ding Baodong, the deputy Mayor and the director of Public Security Bureau, and Wang Boxun, the president of the Xinxiang City Intermediate People’s Court colluded together and embezzled 60 million yuan ($9.5 million) of the relocation reimbursement.”

The local authorities forced him to relocate and took away his family property in 2003. He petitioned all the way up to the Ministry of Public Security and Ministry of Petition in Beijing. He was arrested there by the officers from his hometown and sent to an underground detention center in Beijing opened by his home province’s Complaints Bureau.

In order to stop him from appealing, the local authorities hired gangsters to threaten him, and illegally detained him up to 197 days.

He was finally able to file his case to the District Court on December 31, 2007. However, all of the lawyers in his city were told not to represent him. “I was so disappointed and had to defend myself in the court. Even though I won the case, I still got nothing for compensation,” said Zhang.

Without any other options, Zhang went to Taiwan for seeking justice. He said, “I came to Taiwan not to visit, but to look for my human rights. I hope to get the media’s help here. China has signed a mutual legal assistance agreement with Taiwan. I am asking Taiwan’s lawyers to help me to get justice in court.”

The Epochtimes

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China: Veteran Dies After Mililtary Hospital Refuses Treatment, Thousands Protest

Posted by Author on May 16, 2009


By Zhang Liming, Radio Free Asia, Via The Epochtimes, May 16, 2009 –

Thousands of people joined the protest of the Mililtary Hospital in Chongqing

Thousands of people joined the protest of the Mililtary Hospital in Chongqing

The Liberation Army No. 324 Hospital in Chongqing city, Sichuan, was accused of not treating a local resident because of  a payment issue , which resulted in the death of a 23-year-old veteran. The veteran participated in the rescue work after the Wenchuan Earthquake last year. The veteran’s family protested outside of the hospital on May 13 holding his picture and slogans. Thousands of people joined the protest in the afternoon of May 13.  The crowds caused traffic chaos around the hospital.

A Chongqing resident named Li said that the protesters were not happy

Thousands of people protest the Mililtary Hospital

Thousands of people protest the Mililtary Hospital

with the way the hospital treated the victim. The hospital refused to help the victim because he did not have any cash at the time. The victim died as a result. The crowds did not leave until 8 p.m. after armed riot police arrived. It was claimed that some protesters were injured during the conflict with the police.

Li said that many Liberation Army Hospitals have opened to the public and are not different from other general hospitals. Veterans also need to pay to see a doctor. According to Li, many hospitals charge before they perform emergency service.

The protest, according to the Hong Kong based Information Center for Human Rights & Democracy, attracted over ten thousand people at one point. The crowd attempted to break into the hospital. The riot police confiscated the picture and slogans from the family. During the conflict, at least ten protesters were injured. The police took away the victim’s family members and their whereabouts were unknown at the time of this report……. (More from The Epochtimes)

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China: Released Shanghai Rights Defenders Recount Cruel Treatments In Prisons

Posted by Author on December 3, 2008


By Gu Qing’er, Epoch Times Staff , Dec 2, 2008 –

Shanghai petitioners unite to defend their rights. (The Epoch Times)

Shanghai petitioners unite to defend their rights. (The Epoch Times)

Shanghai rights defenders Ms. Mao Hengfeng, Mr. Du Yangming, and Mr. Tian Baocheng were recently released from prison. They recounted the cruel treatments they suffered in prison.

On Dec. 1, about 150 Shanghai petitioners held a welcome back party in a restaurant for Du Yangming and Tian Baocheng, and Mao Hengfeng, who was released two days before the others. They also mourned the death of another Shanghai rights defender Chen Xiaoming.

Some shouted, “Give me back my home. Give me back my property. We demand democracy and freedom. We oppose the Chinese Communist Party’s fascist dictatorship. We oppose the Chinese Communist Party’s cruel tortures. Down with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).”

Ms. Mao Hengfeng was dismissed from the soap factory where she worked in Shanghai in 1988 for refusing to abort her second pregnancy. She has been actively involved in opposing the CCP’s brutal “single child policy” for the past 20 years and has been appealing for this cause for over 10 years.

She was put in a mental hospital against her will three times, kept in detention centers three times, and was in a labor camp for a year and a half. On Jan. 12, 2007, she was again sentenced to serve two years and six months for a prison term. She was released on Nov. 29, 2008.

Ms. Mao endured many cruel tortures in prison and she held hunger strikes three times. She was stripped naked in public everyday for six months for refusing to wear a prison uniform. She was also subjected to different torture methods for over 50 days. She was tied and confined to a bed for over 20 days. She was injected with high dosages of unknown harmful drugs against her will in the hospital.

Mr. Du Yangming, 65, is a long time petitioner after he was forcefully evicted from his home. He was detained three times and sentenced to serve re-education through labor for one year and six months. He was arrested at home on June 2, 2006 and on Dec. 18, 2006, Shanghai’s Zhabei District People’s Court sentenced him to two years and six months in prison.

Mr. Tian Baocheng and his wife Zhang Cuiping were forcefully evicted from their home which is also a retail store in Shanghai’s prosperous Zhabei District. They were imprisoned twice for appealing to authorities in defense of their rights.

On July 8, 2006, Zhang Cuiping was again sentenced to a year and a half in a labor camp, while Tian Baocheng was sentenced to two and half years.

These petitioners are mostly older people who were forcefully evicted from their homes. They have been persisting in their appeals to the authorities to speak out about their rights to no avail.

Some were beaten, detained, sentenced, beaten to death, or died from complications. Some held hunger strikes, or were forced to jump from buildings, or were forced to commit suicide by slitting their wrists. Also, some were forced to become homeless and many families were broken up as a result.

The Epochtimes

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China Rights Activist’s Family Sends Appeal After Beijing Home was Demolished

Posted by Author on November 30, 2008


Human Rights in China, November 24, 2008-

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that, on November 21, 2008, authorities in Beijing’s Xicheng District used a bulldozer to demolish the home of rights defense activist Ni Yulan (倪玉兰), who has been in detention since April 2008 without a trial.

Her husband, Dong Jiqin (董继勤),has been made homeless and has been sleeping in a train station in Beijing since the forced demolition. Dong has asked HRIC to issue an appeal on his behalf (see below), to call public attention to the plight of the family, and for assistance to the family.

According to Dong, the demolished house is the private property lawfully co-owned by Dong’s family. Dong Jiqin and Ni Yulan have legal rights to the property. Because Ni Yulan was a rights defense activist, however, the developers and relevant government department never entered into talks with the family regarding issues of demolition and compensation. The result was an illegal operation, utilizing official power to carry out forced eviction.

Ni Yulan is handicapped and relies on two crutches to walk. She became a rights defender so that she could use the law to defend her own rights and interests. She also helped other petitioners and people who lost their homes to fight for their lawful rights, and was beaten and detained many times by the authorities because of her work.

In April 2008, she was officially arrested on suspicion of “obstructing official business.” She was originally scheduled to be tried on August 4, but the court postponed the trial without explanation. Ni Yulan has been detained in the Beijing Xicheng Detention Center and has suffered beatings and other ill-treatment, which resulted in her poor health.

The appeal letter available on Human Rights in China (HRIC) website

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(phots) China Police Rob Forced Demolition Victim’s Corpse From Family at Hospital

Posted by Author on November 30, 2008


By Gu Xiaohua, Epoch Times Staff, Nov 28, 2008 –

Crime scene, when police tried to take remove the victim’s body. (The Epoch Times)

Crime scene, when police tried to take remove the victim’s body. (The Epoch Times)

To cover-up a death caused by a forced demolition, police went to extremes to abscond with the victim’s corpse from the family in the hospital’s parking lot in eastern China’s Yantai City, Shandong Province. Currently, relatives do not know the whereabouts of the victim’s body.

The victim’s name was Sun Jianjun. His younger brother told The Epoch Times, “My brother was severely beaten on November 25, and he was in critical condition until the morning of November 27. The doctor said his body temperature and blood pressure recovered to normal, but then again, my family were notified that evening at 11:15 p.m. that he passed away after another medical rescue attempt. When I arrived at the hospital, I saw six police in the ward.”

“After the police left around 2:30 a.m. on November 28, I discovered seven police vehicles parked under the hospital building, and another ten arrived about 9:00 a.m. We guessed that police planned to remove my brother’s body, so we called all our relatives to come and lift my brother’s body and walked out the hospital together. Nearly a hundred police suddenly came up, pulled away my family members and relatives, and loaded my brother’s body in a car with plate “Luf8477” and disappeared. Up until now, we still don’t know where my brother’s body is.”

According to The Epoch Times reporter’s investigation, the Yiantan Municipal Police Bureau started a forced demolition with the excuse of building police family apartments. Before the demolition, the developer agreed to compensate the Sun family 1.8 million yuan, but later they cut the compensation to only one-third of the agreed upon amount.

The family head SunSier (the father of the deceased victim) was injured with an axe. (The Epoch Times)

The family head SunSier (the father of the deceased victim) was injured with an axe. (The Epoch Times)

Around 1:00 a.m. on November 25, around 40 people came to Sun’s house to carry out the forced demolition. They first set fire to one of the houses. When the family rushed out to fight the fire, they broke into the house and beat the family; three family members were severely injured and admitted to the hospital.

After the beating, demolition personnel razed the houses using an excavator.

According to the Sun family, they have resisted the forced demolition eight times since this past April, although they had repeatedly reported this to the authorities and local media, nothing happened. Their houses have finally been destroyed plus the cost of one of the son’s lives.

The Epochtimes

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China: Large-Scale Multiple Protests Break Out in Beijing

Posted by Author on November 22, 2008


By Guo Meilan, Central News Agency (CNA), Via The Epochtimes, Nov 20, 2008 –

Large-scale protests broke out on November 19 in front of the Beijing Municipal Government. Over 1,000 people gathered onsite to strike for their rights.

Boxun News Network (http://www.boxun.com and http://www.peacehall.com/
news/gb/english/page3.shtml
) posted a report on the protest including a 45 second long video recording, taken by people onsite. See video of protests.

According to the report, the protest started at 9 a.m. on November 19. Vehicles were forbidden to enter Zhengyi Road where the municipal government is located. Over 100 policemen were dispatched to disperse the crowed. At 11 a.m., police cordoned off the area surrounding the municipal government offices and then arrested some of protestors. Zhou Li, a rights activist, who was also the reporter of the  incident, told Central News Agency that the protesting crowd was composed of citizens who were swindled into   investing in  what was purported to be tree-planting in Inner Mongolia,  purchasing  retail rental space in a building in Beijing, as well as those whose  homes were demolished with no reasonable compensation. The three groups joined their protests together as the Beijing Municipal Government is not dealing with any of their situations.

Zhou said, that about  six months ago, the Yilin Corporation advertised on state-run television (CCTV) to encourage people to invest in  a tree-planting scheme in the arid northern region of Inner Mongolia, which lured them to purchase woods, with promises of huge returns within eight years. However, what people actually bought are pieces of barren land without any trees whatsoever.

A majority of the victims  were senior citizens, who invested their life savings and pensions. They were swindled for an average of over 100,000 Yuan (US $14,631) per person, and they made up half of the protestors on November 19.

Those people who were swindled in the tree-planting scheme  believe that the state-controlled CCTV got huge profits from the advertising, but cheated people. They think CCTV belongs to the country, so the government should take the responsibility.

Another group of protesters were conned into buying “retail rental space in a building” in Beijing—cheated by Xinguo Corporation, owned by the son of Li Peng, former Premier of China. Similarly, they lost a couple of 100,000 Yuan (US $14,631) on average per person. They were last seen being taken by police to a big bus, and their whereabouts are currently unknown.

– The Epochtimes: Large-Scale Multiple Protests Break Out in Beijing

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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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China leaders angered and worried by anti-communist reaction over high profile police murder case

Posted by Author on November 10, 2008


By Gu Qinger, Epoch Times Staff, Nov 2, 2008 –

More than 1,000 people rally at the Shanghai Supreme Court to support Yang Jia. (The Epoch Times)

More than 1,000 people rally at the Shanghai Supreme Court to support Yang Jia. (The Epoch Times)

A Chinese civil rights defender has been illegally subpoenaed for participating in a rally that supported a man convicted of attacking police.

Cai Wenjun was subpoenaed on October 29, for participating in a rally in Shanghai in support of Yang Jia who allegedly murdered six police in July. Yang has since been handed a death sentence.

Yang’s case has had a significant impact on Chinese society, with many Chinese supporting his alleged murder of the police officers.

More than 1,000 people rallied at the Shanghai Municipal Higher People’s Court to support Yang during his second hearing on October 13.

Many protestors were beaten and arrested by plainclothes police officers.

During the rally demonstrators yelled, “Viva, Yang Jia! Down with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)! Down with the Fascism!”

“Down with the CCP” images were posted on the Internet after the rally, and commentators have said that the whole event has angered and worried the communist leadership.

The Shanghai Public Security Bureau has been asked by the central authorities to investigate into the people participating in the demonstration that day.

Cai Wenjun said he was forcibly taken to the Shanghai Public Security Bureau without any legal proceedings at 9:25 a.m. on October 29. He was then interrogated for over three hours by officers.

“The police waited for me outside my home from 5 a.m. yesterday. When I was taking my child to play in the neighborhood, a police car pulled in to arrest me. When I asked them to show me their passes, they called in two more police cars with seven or eight police officers. A policeman, whose I.D. number was 025780, twisted my hands behind my back and pushed me into a police car. He also kicked me.”

Cai has been under police surveillance and subjected to their harassment since Jia’s conviction. After his arrest he was taken to the detention center in the basement of a police station. Two police officers from the branch office of the Pubic Security Bureau came to him, saying that they wanted to have a “chat” with him.

“They mainly asked me the questions about the demonstration supporting Yang Jia, including whether I had been to the rally during the trial, why I was there, what I did there, whether I wore the T-shirt with the words supporting Yang, how many people there were over there, etc.

“I asked the police why I was not allowed to be there during an open trial session,” Cai said.

Cai Wenjun is one of many other protesters in Shanghai, including Chang Xiongfa, Zhu Libin, Chen Enjian, Xi Rendi, Xu Yuexin, Dai Aifang, Zhang Cuiping, Xu Zhengqing, Zhang Taiping, Shen Yuelian, Cao Yibao, who were subpoenaed recently.

Some of their homes were ransacked by police searching for those who participated in the rally.

Sources who wish to remain anonymous said that the Shanghai Public Security Bureau received an emergency order on October 14, telling them to launch immediate operations to investigate the people involved in the rally on October 13.

During the protest at least five police vans were called in to forcibly transport more than 100 protesters. Some of the people who were taken to the prison at 500 Fucun Road and released later that evening have also received subpoenas from the Shanghai Public Security Bureau.

The Epochtimes

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Thousands attack police in southern China: state media

Posted by Author on November 8, 2008


AFP, Nov. 7, 2008-

BEIJING (AFP) — Thousands of people attacked Chinese police in the southern city of Shenzhen from Friday afternoon to early Saturday morning, state media reported.

Xinhua news agency reported the unrest in an “urgent” report, quoting Shenzhen city’s government saying a police car was burnt when thousands of people protested the death of a 31-year-old motorcyclist on Friday.

The report said the motorcyclist died after driving through a police checkpoint set up as part of a crackdown on illegal motor vehicles in the city’s Bao’an district.

A police officer threw his “interphone” at the passing motorcyclist, the report said, “who reeled down to an electric pole, got injured, and died with futile rescue efforts.”

A subsequent Xinhua report, quoting the city’s police authority, said no police were at the checkpoint and it had been set up by a subdistrict office of Bao’an district.

However, a police patrol was nearby and relatives of the dead man attacked it, blaming the police, the later report said, as 400 people gathered while another 2,000 looked on.

The police car was burnt as the crowd became angry, while some of the onlookers threw stones, Xinhua said.

The later report made no mention of injuries and said the crowd had dispersed by 2:00 am Saturday (1800 GMT Friday).

An official with the subdistrict office had been detained by police, the report added.

Shenzhen is a booming coastal city just over the border from Hong Kong.

It has a population of about eight million people, according to its official website, which made no mention of the violence.

China sees thousands of such disturbances each year as marginalised segments of society rise up against what they see as the heavy-handed practices of local governments, police or powerful businesses.

In June, tens of thousands of people rioted in southwest Guizhou province over claims police had covered up an alleged rape and murder of a teenage girl.

The Hong Kong-based Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy said that over 10,000 people took to the streets in that protest, with up to 150 people injured in clashes with police.

AFP

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China east city residents mobilize against chemical project

Posted by Author on October 13, 2008


By Chris Buckley, Reuters, Mon Oct 13, 2008-

BEIJING (Reuters) – Residents of a pollution-plagued Chinese city are mobilizing against a proposed chemical plant they fear will menace their health, with some urging marches against the scheme they say puts growth before the environment.

The plant proposed for Taizhou on the coast of east China’s Zhejiang province would make paraxylene (PX), a petrochemical used in polyester. Last year, protests against a PX plant planned for another coastal city, Xiamen, led to officials shelving it.

Now Taizhou residents, dismayed at the prospect of another chemical plant in an area already crowded with them, are threatening to re-enact those protests — and again bring into focus China’s struggle to balance growth with growing public anger over pollution and environmental threats.

“Resolutely oppose the PX project. As Taizhou residents, everyone must take some action,” said one message on a local website (http://bbs.taizhou.com) that has served as a platform for the opposition. “We want clear water and green hills, not toxic cash.”

China’s leaders have vowed to create a more “harmonious society” with cleaner air and water, even at the cost of slower economic growth. But this dispute threatens to become another battle pitting citizens against local officials whose priority often remains attracting fresh investment and revenue.

A website devoted to opposing the project (http://blog.sina.com.cn/baoweitaizhou) urges residents to “surround Taizhou.”

“Let the people speak out. Give them full rights to know and express themselves,” said the latest posting, dated Sunday. “Environmental problems are the world’s problems, and every individual’s.”

Internet messages also urge residents to send around text messages organizing mass “strolls” against the project.

EAGER OFFICIALS

Coastal Taizhou is a hub of chemical production and the big plant would be a feather in the cap for local officials.

“This is a rare historic opportunity, and a big project to enrich the people of Taizhou,” stated an official news report in April (http://tz.zj.gov.cn) that announced the plan.

“We must seize the initiative and go all out to win it.”

But residents and workers in Taizhou have long complained about water, air and fields putrid with pollution……. (more details from Reuters)

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