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5 kindergartners, teacher injured in 3rd classroom attack in China in 3 days

Posted by Author on May 5, 2010

By Lauren Keane, Washington Post Staff Writer –

BEIJING — A farmer wielding a hammer injured five kindergartners and a teacher before setting himself on fire Friday, in the third classroom attack in China in three days and the fourth since late March.

State news media played down the latest assault, which occurred in Weifang, a city in the eastern province of Shandong, on the same day as the gala opening of Expo 2010 Shanghai China — an event the government is treating as an opportunity to burnish the country’s image.

The Xinhua News Agency reported that the students were in stable condition at a hospital and that the attacker, 45-year-old Wang Yonglai, had died at the scene. By evening, online links to articles about the incident were either redirected or returned error messages.

Despite the spotty news coverage, the government has gone on the alert in response to the string of attacks, which have left at least eight people dead and dozens injured. The Education Ministry issued an emergency notice Friday requiring outsiders to register before entering schools and ordered school officials to cooperate with local governments to tighten security, Xinhua reported.

All the attacks occurred in China’s eastern coastal provinces, prompting concerns about a copycat effect. On Thursday, a man wielding a knife forced his way past a security guard at a kindergarten in Taixing, in Jiangsu province, and slashed at least 28 children before being subdued. Two teachers and a security guard also were injured, according to Xinhua.

On Wednesday, a man stabbed 15 students and a teacher with a knife in an elementary school in Leizhou, in Guangdong province. The suspect was later identified as a former local teacher with a history of mental illness.

That attack coincided with the execution of the perpetrator of the first of the attacks, a 42-year-old surgeon who killed eight schoolchildren with a knife and injured five others in Nanping, in Fujian province, on March 23.

Public reaction to the attacks has been strong, highlighting concerns about rising violence in China and spurring debate about its underlying causes. Some observers have suggested that the violence reflects a society in transition that lacks an effective social safety net, outlets for people to express their grievances and adequate treatment programs for the mentally ill.

Xinhua reported that Wang, the attacker in the latest case, was distraught after local police told him that his house had been built illegally and would be razed.

Zhou Yingjie, a columnist for the China Economic Times, said in a blog posting that strengthening school security was only a stopgap measure and would not address the root cause of the attacks. He advocated an effort to remedy social inequities, quoting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao: “Social justice is much brighter than the sun.”

The Washington Post

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China school attack triggered by home demolition threat: family

Posted by Author on May 5, 2010

(Reuters) – A Chinese farmer who attacked kindergarten children with a hammer and then burned himself to death despaired about government plans to knock down his new home, his family said on Saturday.

The villager Wang Yonglai injured five children on Friday when he burst into a kindergarten in rural Shangzhuang Village in Weifang, an area in east China’s Shandong province, where people were — like many across China — pondering what lay behind a recent burst of violent attacks on children.

Wang’s wife and sister-in-law said he had acted out of rage over officials who had told him that his recently built house would be torn down because it was built on farmland, which is illegal in China.

Wang had spent his savings of 110,000 yuan ($16,115) on the new home for his son, and claimed he had permission from the government to build it, they said.

“The children are not grown up and the older generation are over 80. We need him,” Wang’s wife Wang Sulian said of her family, between bouts of wailing at the gate of the school were Wang incinerated himself after the attack.

“What can we do? How will we survive? I need the government to give me an answer,” she told a crowd of locals gathered at the school, which housed the kindergarten.

The was the third attack of its kind in three days at Chinese schools, and the fifth in recent weeks.

The Chinese Ministry of Public Security issued an urgent directive on Saturday ordering police to step up security around schools and kindergartens and to seek to identify people who could pose a threat.

Some cities have taken measures to strengthen safety in schools, local media reported. Police sent guards to schools in Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu Province, while schools in a district of Beijing were equipped with restraining equipment.


On Friday, the Chinese government opened the World Expo in Shanghai, aiming to highlight the country’s ascent to prosperity. But the rash of violence aimed at children has laid bare societal strains even in relatively rich parts of the countryside, such as Shandong.

On Thursday, a 46-year-old owner of a copy store stabbed 29 children, two teachers and a security guard at a kindergarten in Taixing, Jiangsu Province, a few hours upriver from Shanghai.

A day earlier, a former doctor was executed for killing eight school children in Fujian province in March. On that same day, a former teacher stabbed 16 students and a teacher at a primary school in southern Guangdong province.

In Weifang, the site of the latest attack, Wang Sulian showed Reuters a copy of a demolition notice, as well as documents that she said proved the family had obtained official permission to build on the land.

A local official, who gave his surname as Yu, denied that that the family had received permission to build the house and said five other families were also told to demolish their new houses, because they occupied farmland.

Wang’s sister-in-law Wang Haiyun said he had been recently pressured by officials into signing an agreement to allow demolition.

“They forced him into it. There was nothing he could do. It made him mad,” she said. “He would hit his wife and children. He kicked the door in. He couldn’t carry on living.”


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Two Tibetan Student writers arrested by 16 armed policemen at Northwest China University

Posted by Author on April 10, 2010

Reporters Without Borders, 9 April 2010 –

Reporters Without Borders
condemns the detention of two young Tibetan writers who are studying in Lanzhou, in the northwestern province of Gansu. Identified as Tashi Rabten (pen-name Therang) and Druklo (pen-name Shokjang), they were arrested on 4 April, apparently because of what they have written about the situation in Tibet.

“We fear that these two young Tibetan writers will be mistreated during their first few weeks in detention,” Reporters Without Borders. “We urge the authorities in Gansu province to provide information about what is happening to them. And if their arrests are linked to their writing, we call for their release.”

Tashi Rabten and Druklo were arrested when 16 armed policemen raided their hostel at the Northwest National Minorities University, where they are students. The police searched their rooms, confiscating books in Tibetan, their mobile phones, their laptops and their course material.

Tashi Rabten was the editor of a book in Tibetan called Trakyig (Blood Letter) about the March 2008 unrest in Tibet. Published in January 2009, its sale was stopped by the Chinese authorities because of its “suspicious” political content, and the security forces seized copies already distributed. Thereafter they were kept under surveillance and Tashi Rabten was briefly arrested in July 2009.

“If the government continues to violate our freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, freedom of thought and our private lives, we are surely going to protest,” a student representative at the university told a Tibetan journalist based abroad.

The Reporters Without Borders

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Are You Being Followed by “the Man” ? (3)- What Kind of Job is “Security Information Personnel” at China School?

Posted by Author on March 19, 2010

He Qinglian, Chinese author and economist, via, Mar. 17, 2010- (cont’d)

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3. What Kind of Job is “Security Information Personnel” at School?

Here is a rough description of the system.

a. The school selects some “politically reliable” students who, once they hear some “politically incorrect” comments from teachers or students, will report them to the related office in school administration.  For example, the “Security Information Team” established by Economy and Trade College in Qingdao Technological University has “two students in each class, one male one female. “ They must be student Party members or student cadre. Their prime responsibility is to report the “insecure elements” in their classes and dormitories, including the behavior of some “special students” and the content of some teachers’ lectures.

b. The Information Personnel job is a paid position. The amount they are paid varies in different schools. It could be very low. For example, at Jilin University each informer, if he or she makes twenty reports, he or she can get a 120 Chinese yen reimbursement for his or her books. So each report is worth six yen, which is less than one US dollar. Students from poor families still want to take the job. For instance, Dezhou Institute in Shandong Province has offered their students extracurricular job opportunities to have them work as “Security Information Personnel.”

c. A Security Personnel who does a good job can secure favorable consideration from the school in terms of grading and political advancement. One striking characteristic of such rules of terror is that the Security Personnel are allowed to report incidents based merely on rumor. They are not asked to authenticate the information. This, along with the number of reports affecting the rate of pay, makes many of the personnel create “information” out of nowhere in exchange for the reward, risking the well-being of their teachers and classmates.

In some schools, the “Security Personnel” team is incredibly large. Take for example, the Xi’an Technology University, which received the title of “Peaceful University of Shanxi Province”, jointly given by the Comprehensive Administration Office of Shanxi Province, the Department of Education, and the Department of Public Security. There are 2,627 Security Personnel among the students. In addition, among the staff and faculty members, 65 have been ascribed to be Special Information Personnel. The total number of undergraduates, graduates and three-year college students is 23,404; the number of staff and faculty is 2,326. Consequently, there is one Security Personnel in every ten students or fewer. For every 35 staff and faculty, there is one informer.

Perhaps in no other country in the entire the world can you find universities or colleges like China’s, which turns college, a place for imparting knowledge and nurturing intellectuals, into sites of spies, eroding the soul of the youngsters by encouraging the shameless behavior of “reporting”. (to be cont’d)

– From Secret China , Original Chinese article from Author’s website

Are You Being Followed by “the Man” ? (1) – Informer Is Everywhere in China
Are You Being Followed by “the Man” ? (2)- Schools Have Become Sites of the Spies

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China Lawyer Detained For Teaching College Students About Online Censorship

Posted by Author on November 30, 2009

Radio Free asia, 2009-11-30 –

HONG KONG—A civil rights lawyer says he was detained by police in southern China for teaching a class to college students about online censorship and the use of a popular microblogging service.

Tang Jingling, a lawyer based in Guangdong’s provincial capital Guangzhou, said he was invited by a teacher surnamed Xu to the Guangzhou College of Vocational Technology on Nov. 27 to lecture students there on the Internet and its applications.

Instead, he said, he was interrupted by a member of the campus security force who was auditing the class, and was told to show his identification before being led away by police.

“When a teacher delivers a lecture, he should have all the rights over the content. But when I was in the classroom, a staff member from the school’s security division was sitting there, intimidating teachers,” Tang said.

“He even called the police to threaten the teachers and students. This was a joke and the biggest derision to academic freedom,” he said.

At the police station, Tang was questioned and barred from making phone calls.

Police threatened to keep him in custody for 24 hours.

News of Tang’s detention spread quickly on Twitter, enabling some netizens to immediately rush to the scene and call for his release.

Police allowed Tang Jingling to leave early Saturday, after three to four hours of questioning.

Twitter targeted

Tang admonished the authorities for shutting down his lecture, which included a talk on the use of the Twitter microblogging service.

“Twitter is just a tool to acquire knowledge and information, which can increase the skills of the students and ready them for tomorrow’s society. The way I was treated is really ridiculous,” he added.

Twitter has been censored several times by Chinese authorities following deadly ethnic riots in the northwestern Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region last July.

But China’s netizens say it is impossible for authorities to completely control Twitter due to the service’s inherently open characteristics and joke that “the day Twitter is shut down, pigs will climb trees.”

In fact, signs seem to indicate that an increasing number of China’s netizens are joining Twitter and using the service to pass on news.

Feng Zhenghu, a cyber-dissident who has been stranded in Tokyo’s Narita airport seeking the right to return to China, said that since registering as a user on the site on Nov. 13, he has received nearly 500 messages.

“In my inbox there are several hundred tweets, mostly from Chinese people expressing their concern and support,” Feng said.

Guangzhou-based cyber-activist Bei Feng said that Twitter is considered “a tool of subversion” by some Chinese security personnel.

“As far as I know, leading Chinese Web sites and forums were all cautioned not to discuss Twitter, which may now be monitored by special task forces,” Bei said.

“The Chinese authorities are always on high alert against Twitter, wanting to cut it off entirely,” he said…….(more detals from Radio Free Asia)

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China: Christian Minor Expelled from Xinjiang High School for His Faith

Posted by Author on October 27, 2009

China Aid,  October 26, 2009 –

XINJIANG–Second-year high school student Chen Le stated emphatically, “I would rather be forced out of school, than deny my faith.” On October 20, 2009, the High School Division of the Huashan Middle School officially expelled Chen for signing a document confirming his identity as a Christian. The Official Notice of Expulsion reads as follows:  (report from China Aid)

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Tiananmen Square leader arrested in China While Visiting Father, Family says

Posted by Author on May 13, 2009

Tania Branigan, The Guardian, 13 May 2009 –

A prominent former student leader
of the 1989 pro-democracy protests is under arrest on charges of fraud, his family said today, weeks before the 20th anniversary of the crackdown in Tiananmen Square.

Relatives said Chinese authorities had secretly detained Zhou Yongjun for more than six months. He has permanent residence in the United States but had returned to China to see his parents.

“At first he was accused of spying and political crimes, but now they have switched to this financial fraud accusation,” Zhou’s partner, Zhang Yuewei, told Reuters from the couple’s home in California, adding that the charge was unfounded.

“He’s been under secret detention for a long time, since he tried to enter China last year. He wanted to see his father, who is old and sick, but I didn’t want him to go.”

Zhou, a leader of the Beijing Students’ Autonomous Union, was jailed for two years following the suppression of the movement. He left for the US in 1993 but was sent to a labour camp after returning to see his family in 1998. He returned to the US in 2002.

Relatives say he was seized in September as he tried to enter mainland China from Hong Kong. Released detainees had confirmed seeing him in the detention centre but officials in Shenzhen denied he was in custody, the family said.

This morning they received a written notice of arrest from police in his hometown of Suining in south-west Sichuan province. He appears to have been transferred there this week.

His brother Zhou Lin told Reuters that he did not know details of the accusation, nor when his brother could have committed fraud in China, given his long residence in the US.

Officers at the Suining public security bureau said they did not know of the case. The US embassy in Beijing had no immediate comment.

As a 21-year-old law undergraduate, Zhou helped organise the mass movement that broke out in China two decades ago. He captured world attention as he knelt on the steps of the Great Hall of the People in Tiananmen Square petitioning China’s leaders to acknowledge the student demonstrators……. (more details from The Guardian)

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Hong Kong students urge China to “rectify” June 4 stance

Posted by Author on April 18, 2009

Reuters, Fri Apr 17, 2009 –

HONG KONG, April 17 (Reuters) – A poll of Hong Kong students has found China should be held accountable for its military crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in and around Beijing’s Tiananamen Square in 1989 in which hundreds were killed.

Ahead of the key 20th anniversary of the crackdown on June 4th, the University of Hong Kong held a three-day campus-wide referendum on whether China should “rectify” its verdict that the June 4 protests were counter-revolutionary and be held accountable for the event it described as a “massacre”.

Only 19 percent of the roughly 10,000 undergraduate student body cast votes in the poll that ended on Thursday, but 93 percent of them supported the move, the university’s student union said.

The student union called the result a “momentous landmark” after recent signs of indifference and on-campus tensions in Hong Kong between democratic-minded students and conservative elements wanting to tone down the criticism of Beijing, particularly among students from mainland China.

“Twenty years on from Tiananmen, the students of the University of Hong Kong have not forgotten,” it said in a statement.

The demonstrations that drew more than a million people on to Beijing’s streets are now a fading memory, and the killings are still taboo in mainland Chinese media.

The formerly British-ruled Hong Kong has remained the only city on Chinese soil where annual June 4 vigils, remembrances and protests are tolerated.

Jenny Ngai, the union’s acting external affairs secretary, said that while the turnout rate was “not great”, the vote sent a strong signal to society that Hong Kong’s students, unlike those silenced by authorities on the mainland, would continue to speak out.


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China’s graduates fight for a future as economy slows down

Posted by Author on January 2, 2009

By Chris Hogg, BBC News, from Beijing, 2 January 2009 –

China’s graduates will find it tougher than ever to get jobs in the coming year, as China’s economy slows down and unemployment rises.

Experts say a chronic over-supply of graduates and a shortage of “high end” jobs had already been causing difficulties, but the mass lay-offs and business closures in recent months has made the situation even worse.

Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao has told students that the problem of graduate employment is “at the top of the government’s agenda”.

Six and a half million graduates in China will be looking for a job over the next year.

The government says it is going to try to create nine million jobs for them and for those from previous years who are still unemployed.

That will not be easy though. Economic growth in China is expected by some to fall below the figure of 8%, cited by many as the minimum needed to continue to create enough jobs.

There are three problems for the new graduates to cope with.

Firstly the economic slowdown here means there are fewer jobs available.

Secondly widespread redundancies mean there are more experienced people than there might have been in previous years, trying to secure the same jobs as them.

Thirdly there are many graduates from previous years who are still jobless……. (more details from BBC News)

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China Students Report Their Professor as An Anti-Revolutionist for Criticizing the Authority

Posted by Author on December 5, 2008

Epoch Times Staff,  Dec 4, 2008  –

Professor Yang Shiqun from Shanghai East China University’s Humanities department has been reported to the Chinese communist regime by his students for criticizing the authorities in class earlier in November. The authorities are now investigating him as a “anti-revolutionary” suspect.

“My boss informed me today that some students from my ‘Ancient Chinese’ class reported me to the Security Bureau and Board of Education for criticizing the government in class, and added that the case is already under investigation,” said Yang in his article titled ‘Students Reported Me as An Anti-Revolutionist.’  “It is pathetic that students will be so unscrupulous as to report a teacher as an anti-revolutionist.”

Yang recalled that he made comments pertaining to aspects of Chinese culture that relate to the class text.  He said he also occasionally referred to contemporary issues with negative comments on the regime. “I distinctly remember that two female students confronted me after class, tearfully accusing me of criticizing Chinese culture and the Chinese government,” he said.

To their accusation, Yang replied that he had the right to speak his mind, and explained that they did not have to take the class if such comments displease them.  “But they went behind my back and reported me and even accused me of other charges.  It was really surprising,” he said.

“It is ridiculous how something like this could happen in a university in the 21st century,” Yang said.

“Looking back on all the strange events that happened in Chinese schools recently, I pray for China and Chinese people. When will China wake up from its ignorance? When will its education system get back on the right track? When will Chinese students be able to think for themselves?”

His post has sparked intense discussions. Most remarked that they could not understand the actions of these two female students.

“I used to think that the days of people being charged of this sort of things were long gone together with the Cultural Revolution,” wrote Zhang Ming, a political critique, in response to the article. “Now I realize that I was too optimistic.  I’ve completely underestimated the effect the government has had on students and teachers.  Even today in an environment where harmony is emphasized, we still have a hostile society where people report on others for anti-revolutionist activity.”

– The Epochtimes: Shanghai Professor Denounced for Criticizing the Chinese Regime

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AIDS in China Heading Out of Control: Chinese Expert

Posted by Author on November 29, 2008

Nanfang Daily, via The China Scope, by LLD, Nov. 25, 2008-

A medical expert in Guangzhou warned on Nov 24 that AIDS in China has entered a stage of being uncontrollable.

An 18-year-old college freshman was recently diagnosed with AIDS in a Guangzhou hospital. According to the doctor, the male student was infected through sexual intercourse.

In China, transmission of the deadly disease through sexual activities has dwarfed every other channel of contagion, according to Cai Weiping, an AIDS expert from Guangzhou No. 8 People’s Hospital, in a media interview.

While the liberal attitude toward sex among the younger generation is one of the major reasons for the disease being out of control, migrant workers and the elderly are also vulnerable populations. Although the government has started the AIDS education, the sex workers at the bottom of  society are usually not targeted. Cai said that due to their extremely low income, they cannot afford the cost of condoms.

The China Scope

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China: Shanghai Authorities Blame Dead Students for Fire

Posted by Author on November 23, 2008

Posted by Michael Anderson, Sound of hope radio, on Friday, November 21st, 2008 –

A week after a dormitory fire at Shanghai’s Commerce School which killed four female students, grieving parents are still waiting for a satisfactory explanation from the school and authorities about the true cause of the fire, as well as compensation issues. The fire broke out last Friday at the Shu-Hui School District, and officials have determined that the students caused the fire by using electric heating rods.

Mother of deceased student Chen Yu says that the public security office said that a heating rod was the cause, and did not say anything about responsibility, assistance from the government, plans or anything else. She says they are very helpless now and that they are suffering here while the children’s bodies are lying in the morgue. She says they were constantly told to wait and that there was no progress, and the families are very angered by this. She questions the safety of the dorms and that normally there would be a safety switch to stop the electric heating rods from running.

Zhang Zong, the uncle of Zhang Yan-ping who died in the fire says that fire investigators found that the fire was caused by illegal use of heaters. He says however that his niece was sleeping in bed, and that the fire was caused by the government’s actions. He says he is being lied to and officials are saying that they will leave the issue of responsibility aside, and go straight into money for compensation. Zhang says that they give everything for their children and that they would rather the adults suffer than to have the child endure pain. He says that officials look out for each other and it’s correct that the United States criticises China for having no human rights. He says his brother incurred a lot of debt trying to raise his niece, and that had they not made a big deal out of the fire, they wouldn’t receive any compensation. He says the government is just too corrupt.

Zhang Zong says that the compensation of $300,000 Yuan is very unreasonable, and that a university student has their whole life in front of them. He says that Chinese people are worth very little, and that overseas, something like this would have the government providing several million dollars in compensation. He says even foreigners who becomes injured or die in China, the government would provide compensations in the millions. He says the $300,000 Yuan is very chilling, and that the Chinese (communist) government is too corrupt and without much hope.

It has been reported that the floors on which the dead students lived were illegally added to the building. The fire extinguisher in the dorm was expired and that escape routes were blocked. The school did not have an adequate emergency response plan. After 20 minutes of the fire help had still not arrived, leaving the four students to their deaths after they tried to escape by jumping out of the window.

– Sound of hope radio: Authorities blame dead students for fire

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Cholera Outbreak in South China Spreads to University, Seven Students Infected

Posted by Author on November 7, 2008

Epoch Times Staff,  Nov 4, 2008-

A cholera outbreak recently spread to Haikou, the capital of China’s Hainan Province, forcing the quarantine of Hainan University.

Most dining halls are closed in Hainan University.

Seven students have been confirmed with having the disease, bringing the total confirmed cases in the province to 51, according to a local medical official on Sunday.

More than 70 other students were in the hospital with stomach ailments. The university had barred outside personnel from entering the campus and prevented students from leaving, Xinhua News Agency reported.

The outbreak has left Chinese internet users and students at the university questioning the response time of school authorities who did little to react after cases first sprung up in the school on Oct. 30. Students are now also complaining of being restricted to campus grounds, “We don’t even know the situation until our parents called after watching the news!”

Three of the five campus dining halls are closed, making life increasingly difficult for students. Some students believe that the outbreak of the disease was due to bad hygienic conditions in the dining hall. “We see rats and flies all over the place,” reported one student.

Frustration is developing rapidly among Hainan students, and some suggest that the university president should resign from his post.

– The Epochtimes: Cholera Outbreak Spreads to Hainan University

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(photos) 10,000 Residents Protest Over Police Violence to Student Parents in East China

Posted by Author on October 30, 2008

Epoch Times Staff, Oct 28, 2008 –

Thousands of Jiangsu residents rally against police for using violence against the parents of a student who committed suicide. (The Epoch Times)

Thousands of Jiangsu residents rally against police for using violence against the parents of a student who committed suicide. (The Epoch Times)

On October 20, nearly ten thousand residents of Jiangsu Province gathered at Suyu Middle School in Suqian City, Jiangsu Province to protest against police treatment of the parents of a teenager who committed suicide. It was reported that the 13-year-old student committed suicide because of his teacher’s constant violent harassment.

When the student’s parents went to the school looking for answers, the school staff refused to meet with them. The school staff called the police, who then attacked the parents. This incident of police violence enraged the surrounding Jiangsu residents. Thousands of residents later encircled and assaulted nearly a hundred officers. At least one police vehicle was destroyed in the riot.

According to New Tang Dynasty Television (NTDTV), the student wrote a will before hanging himself. The

Angry residents destroyed a police car in protest against police violence. (The Epoch Times)

Angry residents destroyed a police car in protest against police violence. (The Epoch Times)

will asked his parents to bring to justice the teacher who had supposedly been continually beating him.

Eye-witnesses stated that the police attempted to take the boy’s body for cremation. When the parents refused to give permission, the police attacked them.

A student named Zhu said, “The school was sealed up and no media was allowed. That’s why there was no news coverage about this. Our teacher also warned us not to tell anyone about this, because if the school’s reputation is ruined, the school will have difficulties in recruiting new students.”

A local college student remarked that he feels the education system in China uses a student’s academic record as the sole standard for judgment. This puts the students under great pressure. The same student also said that there had been previous occasions where students had committed suicide by jumping off buildings, but the authorities have been trying to cover them up.

The Epochtimes

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China: Thousands of high school students riot over property dispute

Posted by Author on September 8, 2008

The Radio Australia, September 6, 2008-

Thousands of high school students have attacked a county government office in central China, smashing windows and clashing with riot police.

The unrest in Shenqiu county, Henan province was triggered by a property dispute.

A Hong Kong based rights group, the Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, says the students were trying to stop a developer from building apartments on their sports ground.

When two girls were injured in the scuffles, the students surrounded the local county government office which then called in an emergency detachment of 100 regular and armed police to disperse the students.

The group says some 20 students were subsequently injured in clashes with police.

– Original: The Radio Australia

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Reality Check: Back to School After Southwest China Earthquake

Posted by Author on September 4, 2008

By Wen Hua, Epoch Times Staff Sep 3, 2008-

September 4 marks 113th day since the devastating Sichuan earthquake. It also marked the back-to-school day in mainland China, and also the day China started to lift its nine-year compulsory education fee. While 11,687 schools are in need of reconstruction and the exact casualties from the collapsed school buildings remain unannounced, Sichuan local schools are required to continue charging tuition fees.

Authorities Hid School Casualties

On Sept. 1, Premier Wen Jiabao attended the opening ceremony of the temporary site of Beichuan Middle School, one of hardest hit schools by the May 12 earthquake. According to the regime’s state run media, this is Wen’s fourth visit to Beichuan Middle School but the exact school casualties due to the earthquake were not mentioned. There were originally 47 classes at the school, with 2793 students and 197 staff members. With more than 50 students a class on average, it was learned that only one or two students survived the earthquake in some classes.

On an Aug. 31 news release, the 44th by local Sichuan authorities about the Wenchuan earthquake, the Director of the Sichuan Provincial Office of Education, Tu Wentao, reported that 4,675 schools were damaged, and 3,339 schools require reconstruction in the hardest hit areas. In Sichuan Province, a total of 13,768 schools were damaged and 11,687 schools are in need of reconstruction, but no earthquake school casualties were mentioned.

School Zone Charges Tuition Despite State Policies

On Sept. 1, Chinese authorities also cancelled the tuition and fees for the nation nine-year compulsory education act that was already in effect for the rural region. An estimated 25,900 urban schools and 28.21 million students should benefit from this move. This means that the Chinese government would fulfill Wen Jiabao’s call for building a “free compulsory education both rural and urban”.

However the same day, the Epoch Times learned from a reader’s letter saying, “Premier Wen visited Mianzhu at around 3 p.m. today. What he did not know is that the Mianzhu Middle School is still charging a tuition fee of 1,100 yuan. Nanxuan Middle School is charging between 550 to 1,100 yuan per student. If the parents rejected this, they would be told to go home and say that no registration is granted without fee.”


According to numerous overseas media reports, a number of earthquake experts have warned the Chinese regime about the earthquake and its geographical locations. The authority hid the forecast to maintain so-called “Pre-Olympic stability.” During the rescue, the Chinese military’s efficiency and their competence were seriously criticized. Many victims died because the regime refused foreign rescue teams during the prime rescue time which is the first 72 hours after the earthquake. The May 12 earthquake claimed more than 69,000 people with nearly 18,000 still missing.

It was also learned that many relief funds went into personal accounts. For instance, Mianzhu City People’s Hospital acquired $25 million for reconstruction. The money went into the contractor’s personal account before the construction team arrived. The money was later luckily retrieved due to an early discovery.

Local governments and the department of education have made a  so-called “self-investigation” to find the responsibility for the huge number of student casualties. This was criticized by local residents that this is not in compliance with a formal investigation procedure, and that the transparency and openness of the investigation are questionable.

– Original: Back to School After Sichuan Earthquake: Reality Check, The Epochtimes

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Chinese school children forced to watch Olympics propaganda

Posted by Author on September 2, 2008

More than 170 million Chinese schoolchildren tuned into a compulsory two-hour propaganda broadcast designed to fill them with pride over the Olympics and China’s response to the Sichuan earthquake in May.

By Malcolm Moore in Shanghai, The Telegraph, UK, 01 Sep 2008-

On Monday evening, the first day of the new academic year, the Ministry of Education ordered all primary and middle school children to watch The First Lesson of the New Term, a brightly-lit variety show which skillfully weaved together China’s “Olympic spirit” and its fortitude in the face of disaster.

Parents were required to sign a chit to certify that their child had watched the spectacle.

The state media said the show would teach children practical lessons for “self-protection in such natural disasters as earthquakes, fire, snowstorm or floods”.

However, the effect of the show was rather to mythologise the strength and ingenuity of the Chinese.

Over the course of the show, Yao Ming, the basketball star, played a tug of war against one group of primary school children, while another troop competed with the Chinese weightlifting team to see who could evacuate the quickest through a pretend classroom door.

The children from the Sangzao middle school in Mianyang, close to the quake’s epicentre, won easily. The school was praised for having attained a time of one minute 36 seconds in a real-life evacuation drill.

Both the young girls, Lin Miaoke, 9, and Yang Peiyi, 7, who were involved in the lip-synching controversy during the opening ceremony of the Beijing Games, appeared together on stage to sing.

Several schoolchildren from Sichuan were filmed watching happily from light blue school desks dotted around the studio as the set filled with rainbows and sunflowers. The children who perished in the crumbling middle schools in Dujiangyan were glossed over, however, as were the hundreds of orphans who still have to find a home…….. (more details from The Telegraph)

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China: Jailed Activist’s Children Rejected For Admission by Public Schools

Posted by Author on July 6, 2008

By Zhang Min, Radio Free Asia (RFA), via the Epochtimes, Jun 30, 2008-

CHINA—Recently, Human rights defender Guo Feixiong’s daughter and son were rejected for admission by the public schools. Guo’s wife said that in the past, the police had threatened that her children would not be able to attend school.

Guo’s wife Zhang Qing, applied for admission to an elementary school and a middle school for her son Yang Tiance, and daughter Yang Tianjiao, respectively. Yet, both requests were turned down by school administrators. Ms. Zhang is making an urgent appeal to the public to help her children into school.

(Photo: Guo Feixiong, photo taken in 2006, after being beaten up by the police. (photo provided by Guo’s friend)

Zhang Qing said in an RFA interview conducted on June 25, “Yesterday I was shocked to learn that Yang Tianjiao was rejected [by the school authorities]. I was really shocked and this is mind-boggling. I think this requires immediate attention. Last year Yang Tiance was after all still little, so basically I was able to handle him at home. However, Yang Tianjiao cannot stay at home.”

Guo Feixiong (real name Yang Maodong), is a lawyer and human rights defender who participated in the Taishi village protest incident in Guangdong Province and the rescue effort to free rights defense attorney Gao Zhisheng.

Held Without Bail

The regime accused Guo of being involved in the publication of a magazine called “Shengyang’s Political Earthquake” five years ago, which exposed the corruption of Shenyang officials.

The case was reopened and he was arrested in September 2006. Before Guo was sentenced, the court had rejected his case twice, asking the police to further investigate due to insufficient evidence. Guo was formally charged in November 2007 with running an “illegal business operation,” (i.e., publishing the aforementioned magazine) and sentenced to five years imprisonment and fined 40,000 yuan (approximately US$ 5,700).

Tortured While in Custody

When his lawyer visited Guo in the detention center, Guo told him that the police brutally tortured him, including shocking his genitals with an electric baton.

Zhang said, “When Guo Feixiong met with his lawyer on November 23, he mentioned that authorities had threatened him five or six times, and some of the threats have already been actualized. One of them is, “We will not let your son attend elementary school, and neither will we let your daughter attend middle school.”

Last year when her son was supposed to attend elementary school, the school authorities firmly rejected their request.

Natural Right

“What I can do now is to write public letters to government leaders and several organizations. Even if it doesn’t work, I will still continue to write [to them].”

Zhang added, “Going to school is a natural right for a child. I hope that people from all circles and just-minded media call for people’s attention on my behalf.”

– From the Epochtimes: Jailed Activist’s Children Rejected by Schools

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China Cracks Down on Earthquake Protest, 100 Grieving Parents Dragged Away

Posted by Author on June 3, 2008

Tania Branigan in Beijing,, Tuesday June 3 2008-

Chinese police dragged away more than 100 parents as they protested today over the deaths of their children in schools which collapsed in the Sichuan earthquake.

Officers in Dujiangyan bundled away sobbing mothers clutching pictures of their sons and daughters, according to the Japanese news agency in Kyodo.

The Associated Press said the parents were kneeling in front of the courthouse yelling “We want to sue”, when police began to pull them down the street. Their children were among the 270 students who died at Juyuan school.

As many as 9,000 pupils and teachers died in schools destroyed in the disaster, according to figures compiled by Reuters. The government’s promise to investigate whether substandard building linked to corruption was to blame has yet to allay families’ outrage and wider public concern.

The incident is thought to be the first sustained attempt to halt or disrupt widespread demonstrations by families angry at their children’s deaths. At least one other protest appears to have taken place in Sichuan today – although at the ruins of a school, rather than the more prominent location chosen by the Juyuan parents.

A senior Chinese leader, Li Changchun, was touring other parts of Dujiangyan today.

The local police did not answer calls and the information department twice refused to take calls from the Guardian.

An official from the local government, Zao Ming, told AP: “This is not a good place to do interviews. … In a disaster like this, there will be a lot of opinions. The government will solve their problems.”

AP said its reporter and two photographers covering the protest were dragged into the courthouse by police trying to prevent them from seeing the demonstration. They were held inside, along with two Japanese reporters, and questioned for half an hour before they were permitted to leave.

A witness quoted by AP said police told parents: “The Japanese are reporting bad things about you.” …… (more details from The Guardian: Chinese police break up protest of grieving parents)

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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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S. Korea Vows ‘legal and diplomatic measures’ Over Chinese Student’s Violence in Olympic Torch Relay

Posted by Author on April 29, 2008

AFP, Apr. 29, 2008-Chinese student (red cap) kicks a South Korean

SEOUL (AFP) — South Korea Tuesday vowed “legal and diplomatic measures” in response to violent protests by Chinese students at the Olympic torch relay here which have stirred anger and criticism of Beijing.

Prime Minister Han Seung-Soo said images of Chinese youths attacking Korean demonstrators had damaged national pride.

“Legal and diplomatic measures are necessary as the incident hurt national pride considerably,” Yonhap news agency quoted Han as telling a cabinet meeting. He did not elaborate.

Anger is growing over Sunday’s violence, recorded on widely circulated video clips, in which Chinese students attacked Koreans staging protests against Beijing’s rights record.

(photo: A Chinese student (red cap) kicks a South Korean who was protesting against the Beijing Olympics/ by AFP)

“It is very regrettable that foreigners staged illegal violent protests at a time when self-restraint against violent protests is taking root under a new government,” Justice Minister Kim Kyung-Han told the cabinet.

“The justice ministry will sternly deal with those responsible, regardless of their nationality.”

Kim said authorities were analysing video clips from the scene.

“We will go after all those responsible and bring them to account… a meeting of relevant agencies will take place at the Seoul district prosecutor’s office.”

China on Tuesday defended the right of Chinese students in South Korea to protect the Olympic torch, amid a brewing diplomatic row after protesters clashed during the flame’s journey in Seoul.

“Some Chinese students came out to safeguard the dignity of the torch. I believe that’s natural. Perhaps there were some radical actions,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said in Beijing when asked to comment on the clashes.

National Police Agency chief Eo Cheong-Soo said the Chinese embassy had said about 1,000 Chinese students were expected to welcome the torch but 6,500 showed up.

“The Chinese side had worried about attempts to disturb the torch relay but as it turned out, disorderly, impetuous acts were committed by some Chinese students,” Eo told journalists.

The government Monday expressed “strong regret” to China’s ambassador at the students’ behaviour.

Newspaper editorials and Internet users slammed the youths and the largest-selling daily questioned whether Beijing is fit to host the Olympics.

“It marked the first time that Chinese have run amok in the capital of a foreign country,” Chosun Ilbo said.

“We cannot but doubt whether China has the common sense and standards to host the Olympic Games,” the paper said, criticising the government and police for failing to stop the violence.

Clashes erupted when some 300 protesters, including North Koreans, demonstrated against China’s forced repatriation of North Korean refugees and its crackdown on Tibetans.

Thousands of Chinese demonstrators, mostly college students, had also gathered for the start of the relay in Olympic Park.

In one clash between the two groups, some Chinese threw water bottles, stones, chunks of wood and drink cans at their adversaries.

In another incident Chinese students surrounded and beat up a small group of protesters, according to witnesses. They said a local newspaper photographer suffered a head injury from a stone thrown by the students.

In another encounter, recorded on video, hundreds of agitated Chinese chased a few protesters into a hotel lobby next to City Hall and attacked them.

Two American students wearing T-shirts reading “Free Tibet” were mobbed by before being rescued by police, Chosun and other newspapers said.

The liberal Hankyoreh daily said editorially that the conduct of the protesters had brought disgrace on their country. “It aroused concern that Chinese nationalism is becoming excessive and violent,” the paper said.

JoongAng Ilbo said Chinese had not reacted this way in other countries which had seen torch protests. “As such, it appears that they look down on this country,” it said.

“Such incidents will occur again if they keep adhering to a distorted patriotism.”

The incidents are the latest to overshadow the torch relay, which was hit by protests in London, Paris and San Francisco prompting heavy security at other legs.

– Original report from AFP: SKorea vows ‘diplomatic measures’ over Chinese torch violence

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Duke University Girl Wang Qianyuan Incident: China’s Version of “Freedom of Speech”

Posted by Author on April 20, 2008

By Ariana Eunjung Cha and Jill Drew, Washington Post Foreign Service, U.S. Thursday, April 17, 2008-

HAIKOU, China — Wang Qianyuan did not realize she would cause such a frenzy last week when she ran into a group of American students (at a Duke University campus protest), Tibetan flags tied over their shoulders, getting ready for a vigil at Duke University to support human rights.

She used blue body paint to write “Save Tibet” slogans on the bare back of one of the organizers but did not join their demonstration.

Wang, a Chinese national, knew she was treading on sensitive territory. “But human rights are above everything,” she said later in a telephone interview. Even national pride.

Before long, a video of the 20-year-old freshman, seen standing between pro-Tibet activists and Chinese counterprotesters, was posted on the Internet. Within hours, an angry mob gathered online, calling her a “traitor” who should be punished.

Someone posted personal information about Wang on the Internet, including her national identification card number, as well as her parents’ address and phone number in China. “Makes us lose so much face. Shoot her where she stands,” one anonymous user wrote in a comment posted above Wang’s portrait from Qingdao No. 2 Middle School.

In the wake of the violence that has rocked Tibet and the protests over the Olympic torch relay, online bulletin boards in China have erupted with virulent comments rooted in nationalist sentiments. On some sites, emotional Chinese have exchanged personal information about critics and hunted them down. Such situations have become so common that some users refer to the sites as “human flesh search engines.”

The verbal onslaughts have been made possible in part by the Chinese government, which has allowed online discussion to progress more freely recently than in the past. With the Olympics nearing, China has gradually allowed some sites that had been left on-again, off-again for years — BBC, CNN, YouTube and others — to remain accessible for several weeks now.

Even Wikipedia, blocked for years because of its controversial entries about human rights in China, is accessible and contains a lengthy entry on the “2008 Tibetan unrest.” It notes that “Tibetans attacked non-Tibetan ethnic groups” but also contains information that “the violence was fueled by rumors of killings, beatings and detention of monks by security forces in Lhasa.”

The number of Internet users in China hit 228.5 million in March — for the first time surpassing the number of users in the United States, 217.1 million, according to the Beijing-based research firm BDA China.

Almost as soon as the news about the Tibet violence broke in mid-March, the Chinese government’s initial response was to do what it had always done in times of crisis: It imposed a news blackout. Foreign news Web sites deemed controversial were blocked and faxes were sent to administrators of online discussion sites requesting that certain postings be deleted.

Then, just as quickly as online news and discussion about Tibet disappeared, it reappeared — overwhelmingly in support of the Chinese government.

The situation in Tibet and the controversy over the Olympic torch relay is now the most popular discussion topic on Tianya, one of the largest online discussion sites in China, even though the site used to follow a very clear rule: No politics……. (more details from The Washington Post: New Freedom, and Peril, in Online Criticism of China)

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