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(photo) South China Provincial Official Attacked by Residents Over Fraudulent Loan Scheme

Posted by Author on October 3, 2008

Gu Qing’er and Barry Mills, Epoch Times Staff Sep 29, 2008 –

Police form a wall to block up protesting people in front of Xianxi Sub-prefecture Government on September 24. (Internet photo)

Police form a wall to block up protesting people in front of Xianxi Sub-prefecture Government on September 24. (Internet photo)

There were more confrontations between local Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials and residents of Jishou City in Hunan province on September the 24th. Angry investors left penniless by an illegal loan scheme had gathered to seek help from prefecture governor Xu Keqing.

A billion-dollar investment scam has left most the city’s residents out of pocket and unhappy with a proposed rescue package.

Frustrations had been mounting for the investors who have had previous attempts at protesting quashed by a heavy military and police presence in the city.

The Governor refused to meet with the group and tried to force his way through the protesters. According to eyewitnesses an elderly woman was knocked down and dragged by his car.

The crowd over-turned the car and assaulted the driver.

Communist authorities mobilized their security forces to arrest and beat protesters. Nine people were taken into custody.

Mr. Yao a local resident told the Epoch Times that the protesters were appealing to the officials to help them with the fund raising scandal.

“They requested the governor to solve their problems but he said he had other business to attend to and had no time for them,” said Mr. Yao.

But investors believe corrupt party officials were also part of the loan racket.

“The plan had the consent of the authorities. It is like stealing our money. This illegal fund raising is a case of years of companies colluding with the CCP. Many party officials put in money and earned higher interest. In the development of real estate, and such there have been a lot of behind-the-scene plots,” said Mr Yao.

According to a local activist the prefecture-level and city-level officials withdrew their investments from the scheme when they heard that the loan companies were insolvent.

This has left most others having to accept a rescue package offered by the investment company. But they are unhappy with an offer that gives them back only 30 percent of their original investment. The remaining 70 percent turned into equity shares.

– The Epochtimes: CCP Official Attacked Over Fraudulent Loan Scheme

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Detained for earthquake photo posting, China teacher to serve sentence outside of labor camp

Posted by Author on September 28, 2008

Human Rights in China (HRIC), Sep. 26, 2008-

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Liu Shaokun (刘绍坤), who was sentenced to one year of Reeducation-Through-Labor (劳动教养) (RTL) after posting online his photographs of collapsed school buildings in quake-affected areas, was released by the authorities on Wednesday, September 24, to serve his sentence outside the labor camp.

Following Liu’s sentencing in July, HRIC reported his case and urged the Chinese government to release him, which drew the attention of the international community. Liu’s family expressed gratitude to HRIC and the international community for their concern.

“It is absurd that the authorities imposed RTL on Liu merely because he attempted to document the situation in the quake-hit zone,” said Sharon Hom, executive director of Human Rights in China. “Accurate and timely information about the earthquake damage is important to both reconstruction efforts and to informed responses to future earthquakes.”

Liu’s family told HRIC that, following the decision of the RTL Committee of Deyang City, Sichuan (四川德阳市劳动教养委员会), Liu returned home around 5 p.m. on September 24. He remains under residential surveillance. The police agreed to return Liu’s computer and other belongings that they confiscated.

Liu Shaokun, a teacher at Guanghan Middle School, Deyang City, Sichuan Province (四川省德阳市广汉中学), traveled to heavily hit areas after the May 12 Sichuan earthquake, took photos of collapsed school buildings, and posted them online. In a media interview, he expressed his anger at “the shoddy ‘tofu’ buildings.” Liu was detained on June 25 at his school.

On July 23, when Liu’s wife went to the Guanghan City Public Security Bureau to pick up a letter from her husband, she was told that Liu was sentenced to one year of RTL for “inciting a disturbance” (煽动闹事). Since then, Liu’s family and Liu’s work unit have been appealing for a sentence “outside the RTL camp” for Liu. On September 12, Liu’s family was told that the RTL Committee of Deyang City had finally approved their application.

As China prepares to host the 14th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering on October 12–17, 2008, HRIC urges the Chinese authorities to also immediately release Huang Qi and Zeng Hongling, who were both detained by the authorities for reporting activities following the Sichuan earthquake.

Human Rights in China

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China: Two Old Women Sentenced to Re-education Through Labor After Applying to Demonstrate in Beijing Olympics “Protest Zones”

Posted by Author on August 21, 2008

Human Rights in China, August 19, 2008-

Human Rights in China has learned that Beijing petitioners Wu Dianyuan (吴殿元) and Wang Xiuying (王秀英) have been ordered to serve a one-year term of Reeducation-Through-Labor (RTL) after repeatedly applying for permits to hold demonstrations in the Beijing “protest zones” during the Olympics. Wu and Wang have both been actively petitioning the government since they were forcibly evicted from their homes in Beijing in 2001.

“Punishing Wu and Wang after they applied for protest permits and actively petitioned the government demonstrates that the official statements touting the new Olympics ‘protest zones,’ as well as the permit application process, were no more than a show,” said Human Rights in China Executive Director Sharon Hom. “The record speaks for itself: in addition to retaliatory actions, despite numerous applications made, no approvals for demonstrations have been reported.”

Wu Dianyuan’s son, Li Xuehui (李学惠), told Human Rights in China that Wu, 79, and Wang, 77, went to the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau (PSB) Security Administration Unit (北京市公安局治安管理总队) five times between August 5 and August 18 to apply for permits to demonstrate in the newly-designed “protest zones.” The two women, who used to be neighbors, applied to demonstrate against the forced eviction from their homes in 2001. Wu and Wang’s application was neither granted nor denied on each of their five trips to the Security Administration Unit. On August 5, the two were held by PSB officers and interrogated for 10 hours.

On August 17, Wu and Wang each received an RTL decision dated July 30 from the RTL commission of the Beijing Municipal Government (北京市人民政府劳动教养管理委员会). The decisions order them to serve one year of RTL for “disturbing the public order,” from July 30, 2008 to July 29, 2009. The decision states the term will be served outside the RTL camp, but also places restrictions on movement and stipulates that if provisions of the decision or other regulations are violated, they will be sent to the RTL camp.

When Wu and Wang returned to the Security Administration Unit on August 18, they were told by the PSB officers on duty that since they had received the RTL decision the day before, they now had no right to apply for the demonstration protest.

– Original:Two Beijing Residents Sentenced to Reeducation-Through-Labor After Applying for Permits to Demonstrate in Olympics “Protest Zones”

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China Hires 100,000 People Patroling Guangzhou City, Target Foreigners

Posted by Author on August 5, 2008

The Epoch Times, Aug 3, 2008-

GUANGZHOU—China initiated a special action called the “Peaceful Olympics on July 28 in the capital city of Guangdong Province, China. Over 100,000 people are patrolling and guarding main routes and entrances all over Guangzhou. At the top of the list to be searched and interrogated are foreigners.

According to the Yangcheng Evening News in Guangzhou, Tianhe District Police have gathered around 1,000 police officers to carry out registrations and search all rentals and accommodated sauna centers. Those who are found are recorded and matched in the system.

The report said police authority and the Comprehensive Treatment Office of Guangzhou recruited over 100,000 people, who wear red sleeve bands and carry whistles, to help police patrol the region and control society.

Authorities initiated an action, code named “Moat,” which setup 21 all-day checkpoints in five layers on the city’s major routes and entrances to check or block people, vehicles, and materials from entering. “Moat” also uses video monitoring systems and has thirteen major posts to watch the city and maintain comprehensive control over the city.

In addition, Guangzhou police launched a “three-illegal” (illegal immigration, illegal residency, and illegal employment) investigation of foreigners. They plan to take legal action against foreigners who do not carry a passport, did not register for accommodation, or those of the “three no’s” (no regular or permanent address, no income, or no related recipient.)

Meanwhile, authorities in Guangzhou have also assigned police officers as security specialists who are to conduct surveillance of local. They are to thoroughly check companies that handle weapons, explosives, and poisons to prevent any incidents.

Police authorities also increased security checks of subway passengers, carry-on bags to block any flammables, explosives, or poisons from entering the subway.

Authorities added patrols on key traffic routes, around the Pearl River, and the subway system. Armed patrols will appear in crowded areas in downtown Guangzhou and surrounding areas.

Police authorities claim that they will heavily crack down on crimes and reward anyone who provides tips and said they will amply reward those who can offer clues on “Olympic-related crimes,” once verified.

Police indicate that the “Peaceful Olympics” are designed to ensure that large scale events run smoothly such as the Olympic Scientific Conference to be held in Guangzhou this August.

However, some claim that the increase in security is just another way for China to exercise more control over the populous.

– Original: 100,000 People Patrol Guangzhou, Target Foreigners

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Teacher who cited flimsy schools after China earthquake reportedly detained

Posted by Author on June 20, 2008

A rights group says she was held on charges of ‘inciting state subversion.’ Beijing appears to be cracking down on critics.

By Ching-Ching Ni, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer, U.S, June 19, 2008-

BEIJING — Chinese authorities have detained a retired teacher who criticized the shoddy school construction that led to the deaths of thousands of children in last month’s devastating earthquake, a Hong Kong human rights group said Wednesday.

The report by the Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy could not be independently verified. But observers say the detention of Zeng Hongling, who wrote about official corruption in school construction and post-quake relief efforts, fits a pattern in which the Communist Party is tightening the noose around an increasingly vocal civil society.

According to the rights group, Zeng, 56, a retired teacher at the Southwest University of Science and Technology in the city of Mianyang, was detained June 9 in Chengdu on charges of “inciting state subversion.”

One of the essays she wrote for the U.S.-based Chinese-language website was titled “Earthquake relief efforts fully reveal the true face of party officials.”

The stark contrast of so many children crushed to death in collapsed schools while some government buildings nearby stood undamaged has been a powerful rallying point for parents, who have questioned whether corruption led to faulty construction. The issue is so potentially explosive that authorities have ordered state media off the story and tried to silence parents and their supporters seeking answers.

In the immediate aftermath of the May 12 earthquake, Beijing had relaxed restrictions on media coverage of the disaster, leading to some of the most thorough and daring reporting China has seen in years. Critics say that window of opportunity is now closing as the Communist Party tries to contain the simmering discontent.

“The government only sees a limited role for public opinion,” said Nicholas Bequelin, a Hong Kong-based researcher for Human Rights Watch. “Once they take charge of a situation, they start silencing other voices because the party is keen to present itself in a favorable light. It does not want to be accountable to any other external institutions.”

Zeng’s apparent detention follows the arrest of another Internet writer last week in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan, the province where the magnitude 7.9 earthquake killed nearly 70,000.

Huang Qi ran a website that chronicled the plight of China’s poor. He too raised controversial questions about the school collapses and spoke up for people whose children were killed.

Huang was charged with possession of state secrets, a vague and often arbitrary accusation against people who veer from the party line.

The crackdown notwithstanding, Beijing is gearing up for the Summer Olympics with an eye to its international reputation.

On Wednesday, a San Francisco-based human rights group reported that officials had shortened prison sentences for 19 political prisoners convicted of subversion charges. The Dui Hua Foundation said the reductions in the last two years illustrated the importance of outside pressure in improving China’s human rights record.

– From Los Angeles Times

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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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China earthquake: Horror of entire towns flattened

Posted by Author on May 15, 2008

John Garnaut and Francois Bougon in Dujiangyan, Sichuan, from Sydney Morning Herald, Australia, May. 14, 2008-

THE full horror of the devastating earthquake in China began to emerge yesterday as rescuers discovered whole towns all but wiped off the map, pushing the death toll beyond 20,000.

Military and police teams punched into the heart of the disaster zone, with 100 troops parachuting into a county that was previously cut off, while planes and helicopters dropped emergency supplies.

But the message from this mountainous corner of south-western Sichuan province was that town after town was flattened by Monday’s 7.9-magnitude earthquake.

“The losses have been severe,” said Wang Yi, who heads an armed police unit sent into the epicentre zone. “Some towns basically have no houses left. They have all been razed.”

At least 7700 people died in the small town of Yingxiu alone. Only 2300 survived there.

Across Sichuan, countless thousands more people are missing or buried under the rubble of homes, schools and factories.

The Premier, Wen Jiabao, said 100,000 military personnel and police had been mobilised. “Time is life,” he told rescuers.

Hundreds of survivors were pulled from rubble in Beichuan county yesterday, including five kindergarten children who were carried up the mountain road towards the city of Mianyang.

The road into Beichuan is blocked by boulders the size of houses and it takes would-be rescuers one hour to walk three kilometres.

Hardly a building remains untouched, and many have been buried beneath avalanches from the towering mountains on either side.

“Every hour we carry out between 10 and 20 people still alive,” said Luan Dongmo, a police officer from Chongqing. “Of course I have let some tears fall.”

Directly above the city an avalanche has sliced a third of the mountainside away……. (more details from Sydney Morning Herald)

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(photos) China Review: 16th Anniversary of Falun Gong’s Introduction to Public

Posted by Author on May 14, 2008

The Epoch Times, May 13, 2008-

Harbin City in Heilongjiang

On May 13, 1992 Falun Gong founder Mr. Li Hongzhi introduced the practice of Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, to the general public in mainland China. According to official statistics, in a few short years it grew dramatically in popularity until there were at least 70 million Chinese practitioners.

(photo: people practice Falun Gong in Harbin City, Heilongjiang province, northeast China )

In the wake of the Chinese Communist Party’s persecution of Falun Gong (video: Why is Falun Gong persecuted in China), which started on July 20, 1999, the scenes of Falun Gong group practice in mainland China have become events worth recalling. Let us take a look at these historic photographs of Falun Gong group practice in China in celebration of this year’s World Falun Dafa Day.

Beijing Falun Gong practitioners participated in group practice. These photos attest to the popularity of the practice before the persecution.
Above: people practice Falun Gong in Beijing, Capital city of China

Shenyang City in Liaoning Province
Above: people practice Falun Gong in Shenyang City, Liaoning Province, northeast China

Weihai City in Shandong Province
Above: people practice Falun Gong in Weihai City, Shandong Province, east China

Above: people practice Falun Gong in Shanghai City, east China

Shenzhen City in Guangdong
Above: people practice Falun Gong in Shenzhen City, Guangdong province, south China
More photos from the Epochtimes

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China earthquake: more pupils buried by more collapsed shoddy school buildings

Posted by Author on May 14, 2008

Jane Macartney in Juyuan, (Sichuan province, southwest China), The Times Online, UK, May 14, 2008-

Gao Jianli lay under a quilt on the sports ground where she once played basketball, her mother and cousin at her side.

She looked as though she had simply fallen asleep, but her mother’s keening and the flickering candles by her white-stockinged feet told another story.

“She has no injuries, she wasn’t crushed,” her cousin said. “She must have been alive for a long time. In the end she suffocated.”

Gao Jiali was just 15. She died with hundreds of her schoolmates when the Juyuan Middle School crumbled under the force of the 7.9 magnitude earthquake that struck China on Monday. Only two children were brought out alive.

Now her weeping mother was gently slipping clean trousers over her limp legs to make sure that Gao Jiali would make her last journey in new clothes. Then there was a final farewell hug before the men came to carry the child away in a procession with her classmates to the bus that would take them to the mortuary.

Behind the row of bodies, troops circled the ruins. A crane lifted slabs of concrete from the flattened five-storey school. One man had watched the destruction in stunned disbelief. “It took just ten seconds. One moment the school was there and then it was gone,” he said.

Frightened residents of Juyuan were sheltering from the driving rain under plastic sheeting. One family huddled together for warmth beside the ruins of their home. Chunks of concrete lay scattered around the metal chairs where they sat wrapped in quilts against the chill rain.

Without power, survivors were living on bread and packets of biscuits, unable to light a fire to boil water or cook because of the rain.

Their patience was beginning to snap. “This is the fault of the Government,” a bystander said angrily as he watched rescuers sift through the rubble of the school. “They were too slow. Look, it’s already 30 hours or more since the earthquake and our children are still lying in there.”

Another man, who had come to search for his nephew, was outraged by the shoddy building work that helped to topple the school. “Look at all the buildings around. They were the same height but why did the school fall down? It’s because the contractors want to make a profit from our children. They cut corners. They use poor-quality cement. And the Government turns a blind eye.

“These buildings just weren’t made for that powerful a quake. Some don’t even meet the basic specifications,” said Dai Jun, a structural engineer surveying the damage.

Lining the side of the road, several families had stretched sheets of white, red and blue plastic over wooden poles. “I hope the Government can give us a tent soon,” said one middle-aged man. “How can I keep my family warm and dry like this?”

The main highway from the provincial capital, Chengdu, to the devastated town of Dujiangyan and into the mountains beyond was open only to ambulances and to troops and relief workers heading to the disaster area.

One man from Chengdu had piled his car high with bottled water, instant noodles and biscuits and was planning to drive as far as he could. “I am taking this up to the people in the disaster area. The television is saying they are short of water and tents. The army will bring tents but I want to help a little with food for the victims.”

A primary school in the nearby town of Dujiangyan also collapsed. There were reports of 1,000 students and teachers killed or missing after a six-storey high school in Beichuan county crumbled into a pile of rubble. Those able to make contact with relatives in the county said the old town on a steep hillside had been buried in a landslide. The new town on the bank of a river had slid into the water.

One man with relatives in the town said: “I can only imagine how many people could have survived such a disaster.” State media said that up to 5,000 people were killed……. (more details from The Times Online: China quake: ‘One moment the school was there, then it was gone’)

China earthquake: 400 pupils buried by collapsed shoddy school building in Dujiangyan

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China earthquake: 400 pupils buried by collapsed shoddy school building in Dujiangyan

Posted by Author on May 14, 2008

Tania Branigan in Dujiangyan, (Southwest China), The Guardian, Wednesday May 14 2008-

Tenderly, she eased the clean fleece over her little boy’s hand and up around his plump shoulder. The steady rain washing the town’s streets had chilled the usually warm Sichuan weather.

He didn’t look alarmed or frightened but dirt and blood were caked on his forehead. She touched his hair and then they pulled up the zipper on the bodybag and carried him away. Only her husband marked her howls. The whole street was seething with misery and anger. She had seen her son, at least; most of the children still lay in the rubble of Xinjian elementary school.

Four hundred and fifty pupils, aged between six and 12, were there when the quake hit yesterday at 2.28pm. A fortunate few were pulled out within hours by anxious parents scrabbling at the wreckage with bare hands. A handful more were saved overnight, after troops arrived to take over the rescue effort. Doctors were unsure how many had been taken to hospital – perhaps 15, perhaps 50.

What was certain was that hundreds more remained trapped and that hope was ebbing by the moment.

“There’s a slight chance they could save a few more now; probably not very many,” said a white-coated doctor.

Even the medics were raw-eyed and anxious. The sobs, wails and shouting mixed with sirens and the steady patter of rain. Under bright umbrellas, parents and relatives stood in whatever they grabbed when the quake hit: dressing gowns, slippers, straw hats. Some bore the bruises and scars of the previous day. Scores of doctors and nurses were waiting to help survivors from the school. But the scale of the challenge – and the collapse of the nearby hospital – meant that resources appeared to be limited. One child was carried to an ambulance by the arms and legs, apparently because there were not enough stretchers.

One man showed his raw, filthy hands. He didn’t want to give his name but said his 12-year-old son, Futian, was still in the wreckage.

“Before the troops came we found more than 10 people. I saved two students and one teacher but I didn’t get my own child out,” he said.

“I’m already 39 and he’s 44,” said his wife. “We had only one child. Why should I live on now?”

Like many parents here, their mood was turning from raw grief to fury as they waited for news. Twenty four hours after the quake they were losing hope, and only rage was left. They blamed everyone: soldiers for coming too late, the builders for cutting corners, officials for – they claimed – siphoning off cash. “The contractors can’t have been qualified. It’s a ‘tofu’ [soft and shoddy] building. Please, help us release this news,” her husband said. “About 450 were inside, in nine classes, and it collapsed completely from the top to the ground. It didn’t fall over; it was almost like an explosion.”

His neighbour, still half hoping for a sight of her daughter, burst out angrily: “Why isn’t there money to build a good school for our kids? Chinese officials are too corrupt and bad.

“These buildings outside have been here for 20 years and didn’t collapse – the school was only 10 years old. They took the money from investment, so they took the lives of hundreds of kids. They have money for prostitutes and second wives but they don’t have money for our children.

“This is not a natural disaster – this is done by humans.”

Intravenous drips, cigarette butts and scraps of children’s clothes were trodden under foot as families surged forward, trying to force their way through the lines of paramilitary police and troops guarding the site. “They haven’t told us anything. They won’t even let us see the place now,” shouted one mother, trying not to cry.

A man with a red umbrella paused to watch the scene. “My neighbours had two kids here,” he said quietly. “One was on the first floor and ran out but was hit by a falling brick and died. The other one is still in there.” Residents of Dujiangyan know other places were worse hit. Most of the buildings in the town are still standing, but no one dared enter them and many bore long cracks down their sides. The squares and roadsides were packed with residents huddling under tarpaulins, carpets and anything they could find. Too scared to go inside, they stayed out all night.

As the day wore on, an exodus began. People clustered by the roadside to hitch lifts, wait hopefully for buses or simply tramp along the long road to Chengdu to find shelter. Those without umbrellas covered their heads with plastic bags, towels and books in a vain attempt to stay dry. Some held bulging cloth bundles or backpacks; others fled without anything.

Dujianyang was a thriving town until yesterday, and the debris hinted at its previously prospering life. Now, all anyone wanted was to find safety and those they loved.

Not far from Xinjian school, at the Long Tan Wan housing compound, a young couple stared, dazed, at the remains of their apartment block: a pitiless jumble of tin basins, curtains, books, chairs, slabs of concrete and the twisted metal that used to be window frames. Their one-and-a-half year old daughter, Xixi, was somewhere inside. Her father drew the back of his hand across his eyes.

“I tried to get to her myself, but it all started falling down and I couldn’t carry on,” he said. “I called the police, but they wouldn’t come. They said they had bigger disasters.”

– Original from The Guardian: Searching the rubble of a Chinese school, parents’ grief turns to fury

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China: Protestor charged of ‘inciting subversion’ for against chemical plant in Chengdu City

Posted by Author on May 12, 2008

Reuters, Sun May 12, 2008-

BEIJING, May 12 (Reuters) Chinese authorities arrested one person on a charge of inciting subversion and warned or detained five for their roles in a protest in the southwest against plans for a petrochemical project, local media reported on Monday.

Police were seeking another two on charges of illegally demonstrating in Chengdu, capital of the southwestern province of Sichuan, the Beijing News reported.

“The police accused them of using the Internet and other means to spread rumours, inciting trouble or illegally marching or demonstrating, or using the Internet to spread rumours and harmful information,” the report said.

About 200 people took to the streets last week to demonstrate against plans for the ethylene plant and oil refinery in Chengdu’s northern outskirts, an echo of a protest movement that forced the government to scrap plans for a chemical plant in the southern city of Xiamen.

In March, officials in Xiamen confirmed they would shift a proposed plant to make paraxylene, a petrochemical used in polyester and fabrics, after thousands took to the streets and forced a rare invitation from the government for public comment.

China’s Communist authorities frown on public protest, but demonstrations are becoming more common due to anger over official corruption and pollution and tensions between industrialisation and environmental concerns.

The Chengdu protesters, who news reports said were orderly and did not carry banners, worried the plant would lead to degradation of air and water quality.

The ethylene plant was due to produce 800,000 tonnes a year of the industrial compound commonly used in packaging and insulation.

The refinery, which would process 10 million tonnes of crude oil a year, had been approved by China’s top planning agency, the National Development and Reform Commission, last year, the Beijing News earlier reported.

– Original from Reuters: China punishes 6 for protest against chemical plant

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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.
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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Beijing Residents Resist Urban ‘Clean-up’ Drive By Government

Posted by Author on February 28, 2008

Radio Free Asia, 2008.02.27-

HONG KONG—Ordinary Chinese are increasingly angry at government attempts to “clean up” the nation’s cities ahead of the Olympic Games, with standoffs between local people and the authorities reported across the country in recent days.

At the forefront of the “clean-up,” which is often an official euphemism for the removal of underprivileged people from public places, is Beijing, which is all too conscious of its international image ahead of the Summer Olympics.

Authorities in the capital announced this week a renewed drive to enforce regulations on temporary residents of the city, which require that anyone over 16 years of age from out of town wishing to stay longer than a month for business or study purposes must get a permit from the police.

The scheme has already sparked controversy among netizens, prompting the authorities to slash the fees charged by police for the permits, fees that two out-of-town lawyers say have netted the police around 100 million yuan (U.S. $14 million) so far.

Permits needed to stay in Beijing

Henan-based civil rights lawyer Li Subin and Anhui-based civil rights lawyer Cheng Hai have filed a complaint with the Beijing Municipal People’s Court, saying that the actions of police in Beijing’s Changping county contravene the country’s Administrative Licensing Law.

“It still costs money to get a temporary residence permit…We are talking about around 100 million yuan that the police have collected here,” Li told Cantonese service reporter Lee Kin-kwan.

An officer who answered the phone at the Changping police station said: “I am not authorized to comment.”

According to the Beijing News, police will be checking temporary residence permits over the next few weeks to ensure that all out-of-towners are properly registered. People who fail to obtain the necessary permits may face a fine of up to 50 yuan, the paper said.

Blogger Xiao Xifeng, who has written about the temporary residence permit system in the past, said the fees had been slashed amid public discontent, however.

“I think it’s just an administrative charge of 10 yuan now. In the recent past there have been a few problems with the temporary residence permit system. I think a lot of people felt that the police were behaving just like the chengguan [who get their income from fining illegal hawkers and beggars].” …… (more details from Radio Free Asia: Chinese Resist Urban ‘Clean-up’ Drive)

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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-

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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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(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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China: Man Commits Suicide in Guangzhou City Due to Inflation

Posted by Author on January 25, 2008

By Huang Yiqing, Epoch Times Staff, Jan 24, 2008-
A man in Guangzhou city in China has committed suicide because of inflation. A man jumped to his death from the roof of an eight story building. Witness, Mr. Xiao, said that before he jumped, the man shouted, “The price is rising too quickly. I cannot bear it!”The New Express reported that on Jan. 22 a man stood for a very long time on the roof of an eight story building in Wuyang New Town, Guangzhou city, while many people gathered and watched curiously.

A dweller of the building called the police hotline. The firemen arrived and began the rescue. While they were inflating the air bed, the man suddenly jumped and died on the spot.

A witness on the scene said that the man was about 1.6 meters in height and wore very thin clothes although the day was cold.

Since last year, consumer product prices in mainland China, such as grains, oil, and meat have skyrocketed. Rising prices have led to increased daily expenditures with a matching decline in the quality of living. This has placed much financial pressure on low-income groups.

The situation is most serious in Guangdong province. According to a report in Hong Kong’s Ming Pao News, the price of lean pork in Guangzhou City is three times higher than it was a year ago.

People have also been affected by the recent rise in the price of cooking oil, as well as the price of melon seeds and candies purchased for the coming Chinese New Year.

Although the Guangdong provincial government is pushing several policies to repress the quick inflation and has declared that consumer product prices will not rise higher that 4 percent in 2008, the price of grains, cooking oil, meat, eggs, aquatic products, vegetables, and canned natural gas continues to rise.

Original report from The Epochtimes

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China: Hundreds Protest Shanghai Maglev Rail Extension, Dozens Detained

Posted by Author on January 15, 2008

By Royston Chan and Sophie Taylor, Reuters, Sat Jan 12, 2008-

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Hundreds of people marched through China’s financial hub of Shanghai on Saturday protesting a planned extension of the city’s magnetic levitation train, or “maglev”, worried it would emit radiation and sicken them.

Police initially detained dozens of people, bundling them into waiting cars, vans and buses, as protesters gathered in front of city hall shouting “We don’t want the maglev” and carrying placards reading: “No to maglev — bad for health”.

“We are afraid how the radiation will affect us. Why does the government not listen to our concerns?” said a protester surnamed Guan, adding the extension would pass within 100 meters (328 ft) of her house.

As police cordoned off the city government in People’s Square, once home to a race track in Shanghai’s colonial heyday, demonstrators took off down the fashionable Nanjing Road shopping area.

The protest was the largest the cosmopolitan and wealthy city has seen since thousands took to the streets in sometimes violent anti-Japanese demonstrations in 2005.

“I’m marching against the proposed line as it’s too close to town. It’s going to be noisy and emit pollution,” said another protester, who would only give his family name, Liu.

“If you have a house near the line, you will not be able to sell it for as much money,” he added.

Some demonstrators handed out anti-Nazi resistance poems in German, while others sang the Chinese national anthem.

In a prepared statement, a spokesman for the Shanghai city government said authorities had “persuaded” the protesters to disperse because they were affecting public order.

He said the government was still in the process of showing to the public a proposal for the maglev project, which would help to improve the transport system of the city and the whole country.

“We hope city residents will go through legal channels to express their opinions rationally, and not use methods that affect public order,” he added.

The protest gradually dispersed peacefully under a light drizzle in the early evening. The police kept their distance as people left.

The country is grappling with an acknowledged rise in unrest, driven by anger at illegal land grabs, corruption, environmental woes and a rising rich-poor gap, though large scale protests in big cities are rare.

“Yes, it’s an illegal protest. But we’ve been pushed into a corner,” said another protester……. ( more details from Reuters: Hundreds protest Shanghai maglev rail extension)

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China: Spiritual Awakening and Religion Commercialization

Posted by Author on January 14, 2008

by Dexter Roberts, the Business Week, January 10, 2008- On the first day of every lunar month, Buddhists crowd the Yonghe Temple to burn incense

In early December, Beijing’s in-crowd converged on the central business district for the opening of the Kunlun gallery. Sipping Veuve Clicquot and Mumm champagne, the real estate tycoons, stock market warriors, and Prada-clad celebrities gawked at Ming Dynasty Buddhist statuary and 15th century scroll paintings.

(photo above: On the first day of every lunar month, Buddhists crowd the Yonghe Temple to burn incense/ from Business Week)

Four Tibetan art works eventually fetched $3.4 million and, at a follow-up auction eight days later, 87 pieces of Buddhist art netted $10.4 million. For the gallery’s proprietor, a half-Tibetan, half-Chinese entrepreneur named Yi Xi Ping Cuo, 35, the brisk business was another testament to the popularity of Buddhism in China. “Every year there are millions more Buddhists,” says Yi. “Of course they want to put a Buddhist statue in their homes to make their hearts peaceful.”

Buddhism is booming—quite a paradox given the Communist Party’s official atheism and its troubled relationship with the Dalai Lama. The faith’s growing popularity reflects a yearning for meaning among China’s yuppies, who increasingly are attracted to Buddhism’s rejection of materialism and emphasis on the transitory nature of life. “They have a BMW and a house in the countryside,” says Lawrence Brahm, an American who runs three boutique hotels, including one in Tibet. “And they’re bored. They’re realizing there’s more to life than collecting toys.” Buddhism’s trendiness has spawned a surge in faith-related business: Flights to the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, are booked solid, monasteries are building guesthouses, and Web sites offering free downloadable mantras are proliferating.

Buddhism arrived in China from India in the first century A.D. and flourished right up to the modern era. After the Communists seized power in 1949, they discouraged religion. But like Christianity, Buddhism never entirely disappeared. Some believers continued quietly to practice at altars set up in their homes. And not long after China embraced market forces in the late 1970s and ’80s, the faith reemerged in the countryside, with peasants visiting refurbished temples, where they burned incense and prayed.

Despite opening up, China remains wary of religious groups. Its relations with Rome, while improved in recent years, are hardly friendly. And some seven years ago the authorities crushed the Falun Gong, which the government deemed an unacceptable threat after 10,000 sect members showed up in Beijing to protest their official ostracism. But the government is comfortable with Buddhism. “Buddhists seldom mess with politics,” says Chan Koon Chung, a writer and Buddhist in Beijing. “So it’s more palatable to the government.” In a recent speech President Hu Jintao even suggested that religion, including Buddhism, could help to ease tensions between the haves and the have-nots.

In the past few years, the faith has been resonating with the white-collar class. As China clocks its fifth year of double-digit growth, working 12 hours a day and on weekends is de rigueur. Li Xinglu once typified the breed: hard-working, successful, unfulfilled. She ran an events-promotion firm and brought the likes of Ricky Martin, Boyz II Men, and the Dance Theater of Harlem to Beijing and Shanghai. She mixed with pop stars, diplomats, and entrepreneurs. But something was missing. “I was smoking, drinking, and spending all night in the clubs,” says Li, who is 39 and married to an American fund manager. “I spent a lot of time chasing happiness.”

A recurring dream about her grandmother’s death and conversations with a spiritually inclined colleague got her thinking. Before long, Li was on a plane bound for the northwestern city of Xining. After a 21-hour Jeep ride across the Tibetan plateau, she arrived at the Tse-Reh monastery. There Li met her teacher, a 19-year-old monk who set her on a new path. Today, Li has put her career on hold and focuses instead on charitable acts, including raising money for an orphanage for Tibetan children. She credits her conversion for halting a downward spiral. “I didn’t understand there was such a thing as a soul or spirit,” says Li.

Not long ago, young upwardly mobile Chinese flew to places such as Thailand for the sun, sea, and sand. Now, like Li, many are heading to Buddhist retreats at home. Temples are being refurbished for the tourist hordes. Jade Buddha Temple in Shanghai is now one of China’s top Buddhist destinations. The 126-year-old monastery runs its own 44-room hotel (double occupancy: $134) and sells lucky amulets, DVDs of monks reciting mantras, and other spiritual paraphernalia. (Monks hoping to maximize profits are even attending MBA programs that offer temple-management classes.)


In November, the chamber of commerce in coastal Xiamen sponsored the second annual Buddhist Items & Crafts fair. More than 40,000 entrepreneurs descended on the vast Xiamen International Conference & Exhibition Center and loaded up on statuary, prayer beads, incense burners, and other goods. “This is a huge commercial opportunity,” says Xuan Fang, who teaches religious studies at the People’s University in Beijing. “A string of prayer beads that may be worth no more than one yuan could sell for dozens of yuan in a temple.”

Some traditionalists fret that Buddhism is becoming too trendy. Exhibit A: pop diva Faye Wong, a convert whose videos sometimes feature Buddhist images. And some monasteries focus as much on attracting tourists as practicing the faith. “Commercialization,” says professor Xuan, “is one of the most dangerous trends of Chinese Buddhism.” Still, for stressed-out yuppies, Buddhism is a respite from the rat race. “Society brings so many headaches,” says Nikki Xi, a convert who works for a Web ad agency. “I’m more relaxed. [Buddhism] makes the whole work process smoother.”

Roberts is BusinessWeek’s Asia News Editor and China bureau chief.

– Original report from BusinessWeek: China’s Spiritual Awakening

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Jurist: Ant Farmers in Shenyang Yilishen Incident Should Not Rely on China Authorities

Posted by Author on January 12, 2008

By Fang Xiao, Epoch Times Staff, Jan 10, 2008-

On November 20, 2007, tens of thousands of ant farmers held demonstrations in front of the Liaoning Provincial Government, the Shanyang Municipal Government and the Headquarters of Yilishen Tianxi Group. The authorities sent Liaoning’s entire police force to suppress the protest.

Jurist Professor Yuan Hongbing analyzed the background and cause for the Yilishen incident in an interview. He advised the victims to line up with other rights defending movements across the country, and warned them not to rely on the CCP.

Yuan pointed out that the Yilishen Company was a typical collusion between government and business enterprises, and that the growth of Yilishen had close ties with Bo Xilai, the former governor of Liaoning. Yuan said the company’s development and collapse show that the “economic reform” of the CCP has not established real free market economy based on fair competition, but rather an anti-social market economy dominated and controlled by Party bigwigs.

In the past eight years, over one million ant farmers had been misguided by the CCP’s vigorous praise of Yilishen. Many ant farmers invested everything they had into breeding ants. Just over a month ago, the government forced the Yilishen Company into bankruptcy. Yuan said, “All of these events prove that Chinese authorities are realizing their power in mafia-like ways. Whoever believes in this kind of power, said Yuan, will likely face a harsh lesson.

Yuan believes that the Yilishen incident is directly linked to corrupt officials. It’s widely believed that the growth of Yilishen was connected to Bo Xilai. During Bo’s governorship Yilishen grew rapidly because the open support from the authorities and the high exposure on official media quickly won Yilishen people’s trust.

“Bo repeatedly guaranteed Yilishen’s credibility in the name of the government, which is why so many people believed in it and invested their life savings into this company,” said Yuan.

Yuan revealed that Yilishen finally fell because the company’s chairman failed to develop a good relationship with the son of the incumbent Liaoning premier. Hence after Bo left Liaoning the company lost support from the authorities, which ultimately led to Yilishen’s collapse.

Yuan commented that the Yilishen case is a typical story in China’s unjust and corrupt system, “The fundamental cause for Yilishen’s bankruptcy is the conflict between the officials and dishonest businessmen.

The officials used their power to force Yilishen to the verge of bankruptcy. This illustrates to the Chinese people a basic fact: the so-called ‘economic reform’ led by the CCP is not a free market economy based on the principle of fair competition, but a market economy manipulated and controlled by Party bigwigs. The system is established on corrupted power and lubricated by power-money deals.”

He added, “This kind of market economy is anti-social in nature, because the main function of this system is to transfer the wealth of the society into property completely handled by corrupted officials and unscrupulous merchants.”

“Under the market economy manipulated by bigwigs, it is impossible for large corporations to develop independent from the dictatorial power center,” concluded Yuan. “Collusion between corrupt power and dirty capital is the prerequisite for the survival and development of any corporation in China, especially for large ones.”

Yuan warned people not to hold any illusions about the CCP because the regime would never help return the commission to ant farmers. “In China power abuses have caused numerous similar debt disputes like the Yilishen case and involved thousands of victims.”

Since the story of the Yilishen affair broke, Liaoning authorities have taken every measure to block all related news. Meanwhile the authorities published a series of announcements to the victims in local media, dumping all the responsibilities to Yilishen president Wang Fengyou, and threatening to investigate whether the investment of the ant farmers are from legal sources. Under such threats, some ant farmers dare not make future demands to recover the debt.

What should the ant farmers do under these circumstances? Yuan’s opinion is that the first principle of China’s current rights defending activities is to fully realize the political elements underlying people’s tribulations. in China must get on the path of “Idealized Politics (translation not sure?), organized movement

“In the Yilishen case, for example, Liaoning authorities and Bo Xilai are directly responsible for the tragedy of the ant farmers. But we must realize that the root of all these is the tyranny and dictatorship of Chinese communist regime.” Therefore, he said, only when Chinese completely refuse the tyranny of the CCP, can we make sure such a tragedy doesn’t happen again.

The second principle, said Yuan, is to get organized. He said that the Yilishen victims should organize their rights defending activities in semi-secret or secret ways to fortify and focus their forces.

Yuan also advised coordinated unification means that Yilishen victims to unite with China’s other rights defending groups like unemployed military veterans. “In this way,” said Yuan, “people will form a unified frontier against the Chinese communist regime across the entire society and the entire nation.”

– Original report from the Epochtimes: Jurist: Yilishen Ant Farmers Should Not Rely on Chinese Authorities

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China: One Explosion Incident, Two Different Reports

Posted by Author on November 22, 2007

By Yizhen Jiangu, The Epoch Times, Nov 16, 2007-

On October 22, an explosion occurred in Wuxi city, Jiangsu province. However, there were two totally different reports about the incident: one published on an official communist party website and one posted on a BBS.

The two reports clearly show the level of media censorship in mainland China.

The communist party version:

Taihu Mingzhu net reported—At 10:15 a.m., October 22, a homemade bomb exploded and wounded people in Wuxi. According to the investigation, Xu Guoxin, a resident in room 102, No. 38 Helie Street, Wuxi, had a dispute with neighborhood office staff regarding the termination of electricity to his home on October 21. The local Police Station quickly sent officers to handle the incident. During the dispute, the bomb that Xu was carrying exploded, seriously wounding police officer Wang and injuring Xu’s right arm. They were sent to The No. 4 Wuxi Municipal People’s Hospital for emergency treatment.

The BBS version submitted by Nu Hai:

At about 10:00 a.m. October 22, 2007, a suicide bombing occurred in the demolition project office of Wanda Commercial Plaza in Wuxi. A police officer died and the bomber’s right arm was blown off.

Sources revealed that the bomber, Xu Guoxin, 48, and a resident at room 102, No 38 Helie Street had tried several times to prevent the pending demolition of his home by a demolition company located in Helie of the City government. The company was not willing to negotiate with Xu and even hired thugs to beat him up, which caused Xu to suffer physically and mentally. However, the Helie police station refused to investigate the beating when Xu reported it.

On the morning of October 22, Xu reported to the power company electrical power to his home had been terminated. When an electrician investigated, he concluded that the electrical line had been purposefully damaged. Xu went to the demolition company, but once again he was beaten by a group of people and locked up in the company’s office.

Xu eventually escaped and reported what had occurred to the Helie Police Station; but again, the police refused to register the case. In his indignation, Xu returned to the demolition company office, this time carrying a homemade bomb at around 9:30 a.m. The group beat him again. Meanwhile, the company called the police. Police officer Wang Jianfeng and another civilian police officer arrived within a few minutes. When officer Wang reached for the bomb on Xu, it went off.

Wang sustained severe injuries to his abdomen and Xu had lost an arm. An ambulance took 25 minutes to arrive, and transported the two injured people to the 4th Wuxi Municipal People’s Hospital. The 32-year-old Wang Jianfeng died on the way to the hospital, leaving behind a 5-year-old son.

According to local residents, Xu had been unstable after his girlfriend broke up with him because he was unable to get an apartment from his work unit.

On the night of October 22, the official report concealed that the incident was caused by a pending demolition of Xu’s home, and changed the “City government demolition company” to an unspecified “neighborhood-related department.”

Original report from the Epochtimes

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China Politburo Lawsuit Dismissed Without Court Hearing

Posted by Author on November 16, 2007

By Li Zhen,  the Epoch Times, Nov 12, 2007-Shanghai appellant Tong Guoqing

On November 5, Beijing Second Intermediate People’s Court dismissed the lawsuit against former Minister of Public Security Zhou Yongkang without proceedings in a court hearing.

(photo: Shanghai appellant Tong Guoqing)

The plaintiff’s attorney Zheng Enchong indicated the court’s decision violates the law, and could have possibly been made to avoid public and political pressure. The plaintiff Tong Guoqing plans to appeal.

This unprecedented politburo lawsuit was accepted on September 20, 2007, a year after it was filed with the court even though according to China’s Administrative Litigation Law, the court must respond within seven days to decide whether or not to accept a case. The acceptance of the case was considered encouraging to mainlanders, the attorney Zheng Enchong, a Shanghai lawyer and human rights defender, had stated previously that it was already a victory in the history of Chinese petitioners’ human rights litigation.

Defendant Replaced by the Court

The plaintiff, Tong Guoqing, indicated he received the official letter from the Second Intermediate People’s Court on November 7. It was stated that the dismissal was based on it being “Not consistent with the relevant provisions of the Administrative Review Law.” In the letter, the defendant had also been changed to the incumbent Minister of Public Security Meng Jianzhu from the former Minister of Public Security Zhou Yongkang.

Zheng was puzzled about the sudden change of the defendant by the court without a prior notification in accordance with regulations. In the administrative plea issued by the Ministry of Public Security on October 16, as the state’s formal response to Tong’s suing Zhou Yongkang’s failure to carry out his Ministerial duty to protect the appellants, the legal representative was then Minister, Zhou Yongkang. As for the dismissal of the lawsuit, Zheng expressed his disappointment. He said, “The court has violated the legal process at the beginning by delaying the acceptance of a case, and now is making a second even more serious mistake.” Zheng further mentioned, “The Second Intermediate Court is the court of first instance, the legal procedure requires a hearing. Dismissal of a case without a court hearing is a serious violation of the law.”

What’s Happening?

Zheng believed Zhou Yongkang as the Party Chief for the Central Political and Legal Committee has pressured the court to dismiss the case and replace the defendant with his authority in the regime’s law enforcement and justice system. Besides, the dismissal could be the consequence of a new compromise between the two factions inside the Chinese Communist Party (Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin).

He further analyzed, “Since it was publicized first internationally, this case has been watched closely by the media. It is expected to cause a wave of legal lawsuits filed by petitioners nationwide as a chain reaction, if Beijing Second Intermediate People’s Court initiated the case hearing. The Court did not dare take up this responsibility and chose to dismiss the case.”

As the legal representative of Tong’s case, the Shanghai human rights lawyer Zheng Enchong was summoned once again on November 8 by Shanghai Zhabei District Public Security.

The plaintiff Tong Guoqing was forced to defend his rights through petition after authorities illegally seized his private house in 1999, and forcibly relocated him. During this time, Tong was also pursued by police, beaten and even arrested.

Original report from the Epochtimes


Higher Power Involved in Unprecedented China Politburo Lawsuit

Beijing Accepts Lawsuit Targeting China Politburo Member Zhou Yongkang

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Three Die In China Supermarket’s Cooking Oil Sale Stampede

Posted by Author on November 11, 2007

BBC News, Saturday, 10 November-

Three people have been killed and more than 30 injured in a stampede at a supermarket sale in China.

The stampede happened at a branch of the French chain Carrefour, in the city of Chongqing, state media said.

The shop was offering large discounts on cooking oil. A crowd that had been waiting hours for the store to open then burst through the doors.

Carrefour entered the Chinese market in 1995 and has since opened more than 100 supermarkets.

Prices soar

Queues at the store reportedly began at 0400 local time (2000 GMT Friday).

State media Xinhua said bargain-hunters were crushed underfoot in a sale to mark the 10th anniversary of the store’s opening in the south-western city.

Some of those trying to get in reportedly slipped and were trampled.

At least seven of the injured are in a serious condition, Xinhua said.

An investigation has been launched by local authorities.

Cooking oil prices have soared by more than a third in the past year.

In Chongqing, Carrefour was reportedly offering 20% off rapeseed oil.

Carrefour, which is the world’s second-biggest retailer, has been keen to expand in China as it booms and recently opened its 101st hypermarket in the country.

– Original report from BBC news: Three die in China sale stampede

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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

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

Salute to reporter Aidan Hartley and director Andrew Carter.

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