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A Chinese Soldier’s Divided Duty: Defending Home From Being Demolished

Posted by Author on November 17, 2011

Soldiers fight to defend home and country, but what happens when those two motives contradict one another? The slaughter last week of four deserters from the People’s Liberation Army, apparently on their way to their squad leader’s home, may have been ordered to prevent the Chinese people from asking that question.

On Nov. 9, the local police station at Shulan City in Jilin Province issued an alert. Four soldiers, all from a military base at Shulan, had escaped from the base between 4:30 and 6:00 a.m. They carried with them one model 95 automatic rifle (QBZ-95) and 795 bullets.

That afternoon, rumors started circulating on the Internet that four soldiers had been caught in Liaoning Province, which lies just southwest of Jilin Province. Some said that three of them had been killed on site and one seriously injured. Read the rest of this entry »

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China: 100 Million Ex-Servicemen Called to Protest at Tiananmen Square on ‘sensitive days’

Posted by Author on June 26, 2009

Epoch Times Staff , Jun 26, 2009  –

Ex-servicemen and their families—numbering 100 million—have been asked to expose the widespread phenomenon of corruption in both the government and the military in China.

A recent posting at Tiexue Forum (a Chinese military affairs Web site) revealed that 200 veterans from the Fourth Headquarters of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) were called upon to launch a protest at Mao Zedong Memorial Hall on Tiananmen Square.

The posting indicated that there are 60 million veterans including their families and 40 million retired military staff including their families in China. The vast majority of these 100 million people are living in poverty. A few million of them are better off, but are also oppressed.

Military veterans encounter discrimination

One of the veterans from the Fourth Headquarters of the PLA was quoted as saying that it is the ones who retired early who became the most vulnerable. Their benefits are inferior to the Armed Police lieutenants. In general, they have encountered discrimination in housing and property rights. They are provided with low quality housing in remote areas where the medical services are poor.

“The 200 of us have risked our lives while serving the People’s Republic. We have now become the victims of stringent control under the bureaucratic bourgeoisie scum of the Central Military Commission, and we live in hardship. Most of those who left the army were laid-off. Worst of all, tens of millions of soldiers and militia who returned to the rural areas are struggling in the most devastating situations and are facing extreme hardships.”

The posting also criticizes the wide spread of brothels in China. “Many villages where these veterans live have become places of prostitution. Younger generations are either forced to become prostitutes or are exploited by the slave factories. Many of them even engage in the gangsters’ activities.”

Active duty soldiers don’t share equal opportunities. The PLA officially withdrew from public business activities and conducted prostitution secretly with the military budget. Innocent female soldiers are exploited as stationed prostitutes. The Armed Police forces openly engage in night club activities and smuggle drugs.

Veterans are urged to protest on ‘sensitive days’

For the proposed protest, all participants were invited to go to Tiananmen Square to attend Mao’s memorial service in uniform with their military medals, white flowers, and black armbands. “During the long wait, it’s a perfect time to tell the public of the corruption. All comrades are invited to Beijing. We should do it every day.”

It was also proposed that everyone particularly make an effort to go to Tiananmen Square on  “sensitive days,” such as  July 1, the birthday of the CCP; August 1, PLA Day; and September 9, Mao Zedong Memorial Day.

Among the hundreds of thousands of protests which took place all over China in 2009, this was the first time that ex-servicemen and their families were called to Tiananmen Square. In particular, it draws attention to the upcoming sensitive days for the CCP.

The Epochtimes

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Up to 190,000 may have died as a result of China’s weapons tests

Posted by Author on April 20, 2009

Michael Sheridan, Times Online, April 19, 2009 –

The nuclear test grounds in the wastes of the Gobi desert have fallen silent but veterans of those lonely places are speaking out for the first time about the terrible price exacted by China’s zealous pursuit of the atomic bomb.

They talk of picking up radioactive debris with their bare hands, of sluicing down bombers that had flown through mushroom clouds, of soldiers dying before their time of strange and rare diseases, and children born with mysterious cancers.

These were the men and women of Unit 8023, a special detachment charged with conducting atomic tests at Lop Nur in Xinjiang province, a place of utter desolation and – until now – complete secrecy.

“I was a member of Unit 8023 for 23 years,” said one old soldier in an interview. “My job was to go into the blast zone to retrieve test objects and monitoring equipment after the explosion.

“When my daughter was born she was diagnosed with a huge tumour on her spinal cord. The doctors blame nuclear fallout. She’s had two major operations and has lived a life of indescribable hardship. And all we get from the government is 130 yuan [£13] a month.”

Hardship and risk counted for little when China was determined to join the nuclear club at any cost.

Soldiers galloped on horseback towards mushroom clouds, with only gas masks for protection.

Scientists jumped for joy, waving their little red books of Maoist thought, while atomic debris boiled in the sky.

Engineers even replicated a full-scale Beijing subway station beneath the sands of the Gobi to test who might survive a Sino-Soviet armageddon.

New research suggests the Chinese nuclear tests from 1964 to 1996 claimed more lives than those of any other nation. Professor Jun Takada, a Japanese physicist, has calculated that up to 1.48m people were exposed to fallout and 190,000 of them may have died from diseases linked to radiation.

“Nuclear sands” – a mixture of dust and fission products – were blown by prevailing winds from Lop Nur towards towns and villages along the ancient Silk Road from China to the West.

The victims included Chinese, Uighur Muslims and Tibetans, who lived in these remote regions. Takada found deformed children as far away as Kazakhstan. No independent scientific study has ever been published inside China.

It is the voices of the Chinese veterans, however, that will reso-nate loudest in a nation proud of its nuclear status but ill informed about the costs. One group has boldly published letters to the state council and the central military commission – the two highest government and military bodies – demanding compensation.

“Most of us are between 50 and 70 and in bad health,” they said. “We did the most hazardous job of all, retrieving debris from the missile tests.

“We were only 10 kilometres [six miles] from the blast. We entered the zone many times with no protective suits, only goggles and gas masks. Afterwards, we just washed ourselves down with plain water.”

A woman veteran of Unit 8023 described in an interview how her hair had fallen out. She had lost weight, suffered chronic insomnia and had episodes of confusion.

“Between 1993 and 1996 the government speeded up the test programme, so I assisted at 10 underground explosions,” she said. “We had to go into the test zone to check highly radioactive instruments. Now I’m too sick to work – will the government help me?”

The price was paid by more than one generation. “My father was in Unit 8023 from 1967 to 1979, when his job was to wash down aircraft that had flown through the mushroom clouds,” said a 37-year-old man.

“I’ve been disabled by chronic immune system diseases all my life and my brother’s daughter was born with a heart defect,” he said. “Our family has spent thousands of yuan on operations over the decades. Two and three generations of our family have such illnesses – was it the nuclear tests? Does our government plan any compensation?”

In fact, the government has already responded to pressure from veterans’ groups. Last year Li Xueju, the minister of civil affairs, let slip that the state had started to pay “subsidies” to nuclear test personnel but gave no details of the amounts.

Such is the legacy of the decision by Chairman Mao Tse-tung, in 1955, to build the bomb in order to make China a great power.

Mao was driven by fear of the US and rivalry with the Soviet Union. He coveted the might that would be bestowed by nuclear weapons on a poor agricultural nation. Celebrations greeted the first test explosion on October 16, 1964.

The scientists staged a total of 46 tests around the Lop Nur site, 1,500 miles west of Beijing. Of these tests, 23 were in the atmosphere, 22 underground and one failed. They included thermonuclear blasts, neutron bombs and an atomic bomb covertly tested for Pakistan on May 26, 1990.

One device, dropped from an aircraft on November 17, 1976, was 320 times more powerful than the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.

The last explosion in the air was in 1980, but the last underground test was not until July 29, 1996. Later that year, China signed the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and, once again, only the sigh of the winds could be heard in the desolation of the Gobi desert.

The financial cost remains secret, but the price of the first bomb was roughly equal to more than a third of the entire state budget for 1957 – spending that went on while at least 30m Chinese peasants died of famine and the nuclear scientists themselves lived on hardship rations.

Rare was the outsider who gained a glimpse of this huge project. One was Danny Stillman, director of technical intelligence at Los Alamos, New Mexico, home of America’s nuclear weapons. He made 10 visits to secret Chinese nuclear facilities during a period of detente and information exchange from 1990 to 2001.

“Some of the videos they showed me were of PLA [People’s Liberation Army] soldiers riding on horses – with gas masks over the noses and mouths of both the horses and the soldiers – as they were riding towards the mushroom cloud of an atmospheric surface detonation,” Stillman recalled.

“It was strange because the soldiers had swords raised above their heads as they headed for the radioactive fallout. I have always wondered how many of them survived.”

Stillman was also allowed to see the lengths to which the Chinese scientists had gone to experiment with annihilation in the desert.

Like the Americans, the Chinese placed caged live animals, tanks, planes, vehicles and buildings around test sites. Such were the remains gathered by the men and women of Unit 8302.

“The surprise to me was that they also had a full-scale Beijing subway station with all supporting utilities constructed at an undefined depth directly underneath,” said Stillman.

“There were 10,000 animals and a model of a Yangtze River bridge,” recalled Wu Qian, a scientist.

Li Yi, a woman doctor, added: “Animals placed two kilometres from the blast centre were burnt to cinders and those eight kilometres away died within a few days.”

China had borrowed Soviet blueprints and spied on the West, according to The Nuclear Express, a book by Stillman and Thomas Reed, the former US air force secretary.

It explains how China then exploited its human capital to win technological parity with the US for just 4% of the effort – 45 successful test explosions against more than 1,000 American tests.

“The Chinese nuclear weapon scientists I met . . . were exceptionally brilliant,” Stillman said.

Of China’s top 10 pioneers, two were educated at Edinburgh University – Cheng Kaijia, director of the weapons laboratory, and Peng Huan-wu, designer of the first thermonuclear bomb. Six went to college in the United States, one in France and one in Germany.

For all this array of genius, no Chinese scientist has dared to publish a study of the human toll.

That taboo has been broken by Takada, a physicist at the faculty of medicine at Sapporo University, who is an adviser on radiation hazards to the government of Japan.

He developed a computer simulation model, based on fieldwork at Soviet test sites in Kazakhstan, to calculate that 1.48m people were exposed to contamination during 32 years of Chinese tests.

Takada used internationally recognised radiation dosage measurements to estimate that 190,000 have died of cancer or leukaemia. He believes 35,000 foetuses were deformed or miscarried, with cases found as far away as Makanchi, near the Kazakh border with China.

To put his findings in perspective, Takada said China’s three biggest tests alone generated 4m times more radioactivity than the Chernobyl reactor accident of 1986. He has called the clouds of fallout “an air tsunami”.

Despite the pall of silence inside China, two remarkable proofs of the damage to health have come from official Communist party documents, dated 2007 and available on provincial websites.

One is a request to the health ministry from peasants’ and workers’ delegates in Xinjiang province for a special hospital to be built to cope with large numbers of patients who were “exposed to radiation or who wandered into the test zones by mistake”.

The other records a call by a party delegate named Xingfu for compensation and a study of “the severe situation of radiation sickness” in the county of Xiaobei, outside the oasis town of Dunhuang.

Both claims were rejected. Residents of Xiaobei report an alarming number of cancer deaths and children born with cleft palates, bone deformities and scoliosis, a curvature of the spine.

Specialists at hospitals in three cities along the Silk Road all reported a disproportionate number of cancer and leukaemia cases.

“I have read the Japanese professor’s work on the internet and I think it is credible,” said one. No cancer statistics for the region are made public.

Some memories, though, remain indelible. One man in Dunhuang recalled climbing up a mountain-side to watch a great pillar of dust swirl in from the desert.

“For days we were ordered to keep our windows closed and stay inside,” recounted another middle-aged man. “For months we couldn’t eat vegetables or fruits. Then after a while they didn’t bother with that any more.”

But they did go on testing. And the truth about the toll may never be known unless, one day, a future Chinese government allows pathologists to search for the answers in the cemeteries of the Silk Road.

The dead of Dunhuang lie in a waste ground on the fringe of the desert, at the foot of great dunes where tourists ride on camels. Tombs, cairns and unmarked heaps of earth dot the boundless sands.

By local tradition, the clothes of the deceased are thrown away at their funerals. Dresses, suits and children’s garments lie half-buried by dust around the graves.

“People don’t live long around here,” said a local man who led me to the graveyard. “Fifty, 60 – then they’re gone.”

– : Revolt stirs among China’s nuclear ghosts

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China Veteran Military Cadres Propose Hunger Strike Relay

Posted by Author on September 28, 2008

By Xinyu, Radio Free Asia, via The epochtimes, Sep 27, 2008 –

Some veteran military cadres have proposed a hunger strike relay on the Internet, calling on over three million ex-military cadres to participate in the relay to defend their rights. The campaign is intended to urge authorities to consider the welfare of discharged military cadres.

All over China during the Beijing Olympics, ex-military cadres who intended to launch mass appeals were intercepted, placed under house arrest, or monitored so that they were unable to have their requests heard. According to a report by on Thursday, a number of veteran military cadres proposed over the Internet to respond with a “hunger strike relay.” The Internet post mentioned that the Beijing Olympics had come to an end, while the Paralympics was now approaching the end of its run. Veteran military cadres have resumed various human rights activities through all channels, including petitions, appeals, administrative suits, and Internet petitions. But on top of this, cadres are about to stage a “hunger strike relay” to defend their rights.

On behalf of ex-military cadres, Ms. Shan Chun, an ex-military cadre discharged from the Beijing Military Area General Hospital, told The Epoch Times, “Our human rights activities have been reported for a long time. We have gone through proper channels, such as petitions and administrative suits. Yet these efforts have had little effect, with few problems resolved. A large number of people, about three million nationwide, make up ex-military cadres, and the few cases who have had their problems resolved were not dealt with through the proper channels mentioned. As a result, we have come up with another way to voice our wishes. Certain groups in other countries have staged hunger strikes, but probably not by relay. So we are going to resort to a hunger strike relay to express our wishes.”

Each participant is to engage in a one-day hunger strike by relay, starting from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. at their respective location. The hunger strike was to start from the very final day of the Paralympics (September 18). Concerning the differences between the military cadres’ hunger strike relay and the one launched by human rights lawyer Mr. Gao Zhisheng, Ms. Shan Chun said, “Our hunger strike is somewhat different from theirs. Since we are discharged military cadres, our main purpose is to solve our own problems, or, honestly speaking, very practical problems concerning our welfare. Compared with Lawyer Gao’s appeal for China’s democracy, our appeal is relatively self-serving. Our real purpose is to solve our own problems.” The hunger strike has received feedback from dozens of veteran military cadres from over ten provinces within few days, said Ms. Shan Chun.

The posted proposal mentioned that China’s military cadres are encountering difficulties on their path to human rights. Appeals have turned out to be wasted efforts; most administrative suits were not accepted. The Internet petitions sounded hopeful but brought about nothing. Mass appeals set off a shockwave among the public but few results were achieved. Applications for a rally in the demonstration area established by the authorities were rejected. Another petitioner told the reporter that they only demanded the authorities to enforce their own policies: “I did not ask them to solve any of my problems, because the central government has formulated policies regarding our problems. I am demanding them to enforce the relevant policies. So far, no action has been taken to carry out these policies. What can I expect of them?”

The Epochtimes

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Audio report: Dismissed Military Cadre sets up a Quit CCP Service Centre in China

Posted by Author on November 4, 2007

by Li Si Si, Chen Yen,  reported by Wilma Reynolds and Karen Chang for Breaking News on the SOH Radio Network, November 4th, 2007-

(click to play)

Recently, Mr. Chen, a member of the Dismissed Veteran Military Cadre who has quit the Chinese Communist Party told SOH reporters that the Dismissed Veteran Military Cadre’s dream of improved living conditions was completely shattered after the seventeenth CCP National Congress. He realized that he wasted a significant part of his life serving the CCP and was just being used by the regime. He has therefore formed the first Dismissed Veteran Military Cadre Quit the CCP Service Centre so that the members can quit the CCP and bring down the regime.

Mr. Chen believes the corruption of the CCP stems from the fact that the officials are all looking for money and ignoring the situation of the Cadres. A large number of officials embezzle money that was meant for the public, including funds to improve the lives of the members of the Cadres. There is also a lack of welfare system for the Cadres and all of these factors have led to a nationwide protest.

[recording] “I will immediately announce the establishment of a Dismissed Veteran Military Cadre Quit the CCP Service Centre and to call upon the Cadres to quit the evil CCP. They manipulate power and the corrupt officials use their so-called “power” to do whatever they please. The corruption has gone too far and is now a very widespread problem of the CCP.”

Mr. Chen points out that the violation of human rights against cadres who appeal through legal means is becoming more prominent. The regime, in the attempt to cover up their corruption, has adopted eavesdropping, spying and surveillance to monitor the movements of the Cadre members.

[recording] “The treatment by local governments towards the people’s appeal is to crackdown on them. When the people have nowhere else to go they turn to the appeal process. But in the face of these appeals the government still block, attack and even imprison and sentence the people. What do these problems demonstrate? It’s still a human rights problem. The rights of the people are not being protected.”

While their numerous appeals come to no effect, many in the Cadres are becoming sick and cannot afford medical treatment. They have even been threatened with the withdrawal of welfare if they continue to appeal. Mr. Chen sighs and comments that with the massive wealth gap, the Chinese people can now only pray to heaven to not let them get sick.

[recording] “The living condition of the people is very poor, and even with the reform of the health system, the people cannot afford to visit the hospital. But at the same time the officials are become wealthy. And there are obvious corruption related to this. While group appeals have increased, those with money and power also use the connections they have to achieve whatever they wish. It’s the manipulation of power by the powerful and so I say it’s corrupt. The wealth gap is becoming bigger and bigger.”

The dismissed veteran military cadres around the country have long suffered from the delayed payment of salary and benefits and are enduring extreme hardship. Since 1995 they have increased their appeals to the government in order to raise awareness of their plight and to fight for their rights.

– Original report from SOH Radio : Seeing through the corruption of the CCP, member of the Dismissed Veteran Military Cadre sets up a Quit the CCP Service Centre

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Military Officer’s Statement of Quitting the Chinese Communist Party

Posted by Author on September 26, 2007

Statement by Gao Shang, on Quit CCP Website (in Chinese) , published in English by the Epochtimes, Sep 24, 2007-

I am a military officer in active duty; I have a bachelor’s degree. I have often received information about quitting the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) on the Epoch Times website.

I want to say that most rank-and-file soldiers and officials have at least high school education, and with this they are no longer simply listening to the CCP’s propaganda.

For example, on the issue of Taiwan, most of us have a good impression of the people in Taiwan; regarding the Anti-Japanese War (1937-1945), we know that it was mainly fought by the Guomintang (KMT), not by the CCP.

As for the issue of Chinese people being involved in politics, we believe that we should all be concerned about politics; otherwise, democracy and freedom will never be implemented in China.

Today I have an opportunity to learn how to withdraw from the dictatorial Party, so I ask the Epoch Times to help me publish my statement to quit the CCP and its related organizations. I want to do what I should for the best wishes in my heart.

Gao Shang
Shangdong Province, China
September 13, 2007

Click here to read the original statement in Chinese on the Quit CCP Website

26 million Chinese Quit The Chinese Communist Party Organizations , 18th September 2007

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An Ex-Soldier’s Brutal Death in China Prison: Gao Zhisheng

Posted by Author on September 18, 2007

By Gao Zhisheng (Chinese lawyer), Special to The Epoch Times, September 5, 2007, published on Sep 17-

I have received a massive amount of materials and documents exposing the bloody crimes of the CCP’s tyranny. It is because of the wisdom, courage, and unique insistence of those who have been falsely charged and wrongfully treated throughout China that these materials have made their way to me. Facing such tragic atrocities, we can no longer continue to be silent. Facing such horrendous acts of cruelty, our silence, and those who keep us silent, cause us to abandon our feelings and consciences as human beings.

I have seen a lot of things in my life. However, seeing the photograph of 30-year-old Ma Zhixin’s corpse made my blood boil, and I couldn’t sleep at all that night. On the back of the photo, was written, “Ma Zhixin, a communist soldier transferred to civilian work, beaten to death by the police in the prison of the Public Security of Yabuli Forestry Bureau in Heilongjiang Province, had 11 broken ribs, a broken spine, and a body covered in wounds.” Is there no security for the soldiers that are transferred to civilian work? There is no protection for common people.

Over the past several years, the Public Security of Yabuli Forestry Bureau in Heilongjiang Province has shown that they are nothing more than a gang of insurgents and bandits:

– They stoned petitioner Song Baozhu’s house, broke the windows, and threw petrol bombs that set the house afire.

– Lu Guiju, a petitioner, was also beaten to death. His family received only 150,000 YMB (approximately US$19,736) in remuneration for their loss.

Being a demobilized soldier myself, I feel extraordinary grief over Ma Zhixin’s death. It is tough for soldiers to transfer to civilian work. Leaving military service means that they have to compete with younger men to forge a career. However tough it is for them, they strive for survival in a peaceful way. How can trying to transition to civilian life cause such hatred from the police?

The horrifying image of Ma Zhixin’s corpse is tragic, shocking, and startling. It reveals the terrifying hatred of the “people’s police” towards soldiers transferred to civilian work— the same soldiers who defended the rights of those policemen. We cannot imagine the despair and suffering Ma Zhixin experienced just before his cruel death. His photo torments us. I request, as an individual human being, for the authorities to punish the killers, adequately compensate his family, and apologize to the public, and thereby demonstrate some humanity.

The deceased is long gone, but what’s left for those of us who remain? His photo is a warning to all of us: “Beware of the existing communist dictatorship and its brutal nature.” With that, we share the pain and burden of Ma Zhixin’s family.

However, in order to stop this terrible evil, Ma’s spirit and his family need to report the violence to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, to Mr. Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee, and to the parliament of every country.

Enlarge Ma’s photo, and imprint it onto the minds and hearts of every soldier— any soldier— who might be transferred to civilian work. Imprint it onto the heart of every Chinese citizen. The picture is more powerful than any words.

May your soul rest in peace, Ma Zhixin.

The slaughtering of innocent people might create a temporary roadblock, but the journey to Chinese human rights will continue from where Ma Zhixin fell.

Midnight, September 5, 2007 in Beijing.

Gao Zhisheng

[Editors Note: According to mainland news reports in 2006, this tragedy started on May 17, 2006, when Ma Zhixin slapped the face of the deputy director at Lianghe Management during an argument. Later, the deputy director accepted Ma Zhixin’s apology and 400 yuan (approximately US$53) in compensation. Ma Zhixin thought his conflict with the deputy director was over. Unfortunately, on June 22, 2006, the Public Security of Yabuli Forestry Bureau arrested Ma and charged him with fraud. On day 39 in the detention center, Ma Zhixin was beaten to death. ]

Chinaview note: Author Gao Zhisheng, well-known Chinese lawyer, is under home arrest in his Beijing home for defending human rights for petitioners, jobless workers, Christians, Falun Gong adherents, etc.

– Original article from the Epochtimes: An Ex-Soldier’s Brutal Death

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2,000 Former Soldiers Rioted in 3 China Cities Over Poor Living Conditions

Posted by Author on September 13, 2007

Reuters, Via Toronto Star, Canada, Sep 12, 2007 –

BEIJING–About 2,000 former soldiers rioted in three Chinese cities last week over poor conditions in railway vocational schools where they were retraining, a rights group said.

Nearly 1,000 smashed equipment and set fires in their school in Baotou in Inner Mongolia and clashed with hundreds of police. At least 20 people were injured and five were arrested, the Hong Kong-based Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy said yesterday.

Similar riots occurred in Baoji, in the northwestern province of Shaanxi, and Wuhan, capital of Hubei province in central China, on the same day, Sept. 3, the centre said in a faxed statement.

“Food in the schools is bad and expensive. The dormitories have no electrical outlets and the students need to pay to recharge their cellphones,” it said.

An official at the Baoji school refused to confirm details, saying only that “everything has returned to normal.

“It was not a big deal, and things like that happen on campus a lot. But it was exaggerated by some people,” he said. “I do not want to say anything more about it, because it would not be good for our school’s reputation.”

The Wuhan school would not comment. Phones at the Baotou school were disconnected.

An official at the Railway Ministry declined to comment.

The simultaneous incidents, in which school property was smashed or set on fire, were organized by some of the former soldiers, the centre said.

The rioters were among 6,000 discharged troops the ministry recruited in July to be trained at 12 railway vocational schools across the country, it said.

Troops discharged from the People’s Liberation Army used to be offered good posts in the government or the police, but reforms in recent years have meant most of them have been left on their own after being demobilized, fuelling discontent.

It is rare in China for co-ordinated protests to hit several cities simultaneously, demonstrating the power of cellphones and the Internet, the Hong Kong-based group added.

– Report from Toronto Star: 2,000 retired soldiers riot over poor living conditions

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China Detains Military Dissidents in Mental Hospital Located in Military Area

Posted by Author on August 6, 2007

from, Via the Epochtimes, Aug 06, 2007-

ZHANJIANG CITY, China—A sanitariums of Guangzhou Military Area Command of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has allegedly detained a large number of dissidents from the military, according to an interview with Tan Linshu’s family by a human rights team of the web site Captain Tan Linshu

Tan Linshu, a naval captain, is currently held in Military Mental Hospital No. 191 located in Guigang City, Guangxi Province.

(See photo at right)

Both Tan Linshu and his wife, Deng Shuzhen, were held in custody in the No. 191 mental hospital after they appealed to Beijing authorities for help. Deng Shuzhen was later thrown out of the hospital by several hospital employees. She told

“More than half of the patients in the No. 191 Mental Hospital are dissidents from the military who have offended their superiors. They are not mentally disordered. A new soldier, for example, 17 years old or so, was sent there because he offended his squad leader. Luckily, his father spent 10,000 yuan so he could avoid additional torture. Some new soldiers were detained before their orientation training is finished only because they did not follow every order. Their families are not notified at all.”

“Shut up for a long time with mental patients and forced to take medicines, these soldiers are suffering severe torture of both mind and body. You can’t imagine what they have been through in the hospital unless you really experienced it.”

Although Deng Shuzhen has been home for a few days, the horrible experiences continue haunting her in her dreams every night. She cannot recall the hellish days in the hospital without pouring out bitter tears. She prays that someone could help rescue her husband as soon as possible. She is even willing to go back to the hospital to take care of him, or at least visit with him for once, if allowed.

An insider told that many really mentally ill military individuals have been denied hospital treatment and were forced to be taken home.

– Report from the Epochtimes: Chinese Regime Locks Up Dissidents in Military Sanitariums

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