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Boycott China’s Games for China, Not Burma

Posted by Author on October 5, 2007


Kin-ming Liu, columnist, Hong Kong, special to the Washington Post, Oct. 4, 2007-

Countries should tell China to pressure Burma to open up. Countries should also boycott the Beijing Olympics. But these two actions shouldn’t be mixed together.

It’s a fantasy to expect the regime that produced the Tiananmen Massacre to stop its Burmese friends from killing protesters.

Countries should boycott the Beijing Olympics. They should do so not because of what has been unfolding in Rangoon or in Darfur, but for what has been happening in China itself. The Chinese Communist Party should never have been awarded the Olympics in the first place.

Berlin 1936, not Seoul 1988, is going to be repeating itself.

Original article from the Washington Post

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Tutu Would Join to Boycott Beijing Olympics if China Not Act to Stop Burma Crackdown

Posted by Author on September 30, 2007


The Local, Sweden, 28th September 2007-

Desmond Tutu has told an audience in Gothenburg that China must act to stop the violence of Burma’s military junta. The former Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town compared the struggle for democracy in Burma with the struggle to end South Africa’s apartheid system.

Tutu said that if China did not act, he would join the campaign to boycott next year’s Beijing Olympics. He praised the bravery of the demonstrators in Rangoon

“We knew that apartheid would fall and we want to say to our brothers and sisters in Burma that you have been extraordinarily courageous and wonderful. We support your struggle for freedom and justice,” he told a rally outside the Swedish Book Fair in Gothenburg on Friday.

“In South Africa we used to say to those who supported apartheid that they should join the winning side, you have already lost, join the winning side.”

Tutu referred to Aung San Suu Kyi – the democratically elected leader of Burma – as “the Nelson Mandela of Burma.” He said he was looking forward to meeting her as prime minister of Burma.

Penny Davies of the Swedish Burma Committee described Tutu’s address as “a very strong speech.”

“The hairs were standing up on the back of my neck,” she said.

“He showed his heartfelt commitment, and sent a strong message to the Chinese government and to the Burmese military leaders.”

Gunilla Carlsson, Swedish Development Minister, and Jan Eliasson, UN special envoy to Sudan, also addressed the rally.

Meanwhile on Friday evening in Stockholm, politicians were joining demonstrators to march in support of the Burmese democracy movement.

– Original report from The Local: ‘China must act’ Tutu tells Swedes

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Echoes of Beijing Tiananmen Square Massacre

Posted by Author on September 30, 2007


Yang Jianli, special to the Washington Post, U.S, September 30, 2007-

In the early hours of June 4, 1989, I was on Chang’an Street, just west of Tiananmen Square in Beijing, when I saw Chinese soldiers open fire and kill many of my fellow protesters. I barely escaped the same fate. The horror of that day is seared in my mind like it was yesterday.

In recent days, my memories of Tiananmen have come rushing back as I have watched the mass demonstrations in Burma and the junta’s bloody crackdown. After decades of military dictatorship, hundreds of thousands of the people of Burma — a diverse outpouring of Buddhist monks, democracy activists and ordinary civilians — are standing up to confront the country’s brutal regime.

All of us in the Chinese democracy movement stand in solidarity with the Burmese people, who are engaged in a life-or-death struggle to free their country from years of oppression and decay. Everything is at stake for the Burmese, but the outcome in Burma will also have a major impact on our struggle in China.

The Burmese junta has chosen to face the uprising with violence because it is losing its grip on power and because it is convinced that China will come to its aid in the U.N. Security Council and suppress any meaningful international response. So far, those calculations have proved correct. Last week, China, together with Russia, prevented the Security Council from even condemning the violence inflicted on the protesters. In January, the two countries had vetoed a non-punitive Security Council resolution urging national reconciliation.

China has a parasitic relationship with Burma. Beijing sucks out Burma’s natural resources — especially oil, gas and timber — at heavily discounted prices, which it obtains because so few countries are willing to do business with a regime that manages its own economy so poorly and that has such a terrible human rights record. China views the junta’s preservation as in its own interest, to ensure that competition for those resources remains minimal. To this end, China is the principal arms exporter to Burma, providing 90 percent of its weapons. Without $1.6 billion in past military assistance from China, Burma would not have been able to create a 400,000-member army, the second-largest in Southeast Asia, behind only Vietnam. And this Chinese support is provided despite the quiet complaints of Yunnan province officials about the massive outflow of drugs and HIV-AIDS from Burma into China.

While China’s initial response to the protests has been to defend the junta vigorously, it is unclear how long that support will last. The more that the international community highlights the blood on China’s hands — for arming the junta and steadfastly defending the regime’s tactics, which include systematic rape and murder — the less likely it is that Beijing will stand firm. Particularly when combined with activists’ efforts to highlight China’s role in funding the Sudanese regime and thus the atrocities in Darfur, China’s culpability for the violence in Burma will only reinforce attempts to brand the 2008 Olympics in Beijing the “Genocide Games.”

There is a bright side to China’s communist government being driven not by values but by pragmatism. Not only does its support for the Burmese junta contradict the image of a responsible power that China has tried to project in recent years, but if the junta falls, Beijing will want to be on good terms with a new democratic government lest it try to cancel or renegotiate China’s massive contracts for natural resources. While Beijing will hold on as long as preserving the junta seems possible, it will also abandon the Burmese generals the moment preserving its own interests requires doing so.

The stakes in Burma are huge. The Burmese people peacefully elected a democratic government years ago, and the junta has not allowed those leaders to take office. The U.N. Security Council needs to demand the cessation of violence and a return to a meaningful, U.N.-supported dialogue between the junta, the National League for Democracy and ethnic groups. Such a dialogue must have benchmarks to measure progress and must result in the restoration of democracy to Burma. Until the Security Council acts, the United States and other freedom-loving countries should provide China with a stark choice: either use its leverage on Burma to ease a democratic transition or be held publicly responsible for its failure to do so.

Yang Jianli is president of the Foundation for China in the 21st Century. He was released last month after completing a five-year prison term in China, where he was sentenced for attempting to observe labor unrest in 2002.

– Original article from Washingtonpost.com : Echoes of Tiananmen Square

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China Blocks UN’s Move to Condemn Myanmar’s Crackdown

Posted by Author on September 27, 2007


By WARREN HOGE, New York Times, U.S, September 27, 2007-

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 26 — China blocked an effort on Wednesday by the United States and European countries to have the Security Council condemn Myanmar’s violent crackdown on protesters. But Secretary General Ban Ki-moon obtained the Council’s endorsement of the immediate dispatch of a special envoy, Ibrahim Gambari, to the country.

In a statement read by Jean-Maurice Ripert, the ambassador of France, the Council president for September, the members “urged restraint” by the government and “underlined the importance that Mr. Gambari be received by the authorities of Myanmar as soon as possible.”

Mr. Gambari has traveled to Myanmar, formerly Burma, twice before and was already scheduled to return there in October.

According to participants in the closed session, Wang Guangya, the Chinese ambassador, told council members that the conflict in Myanmar was a domestic one that had to be settled by the people of Myanmar and that even a statement by the council would “not be useful.” …… ( more details from the New York Times: China Blocks Move to Condemn Crackdown)

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1,000 People Rally Urge Leaders Put China Human Rights Violation on APEC Agenda

Posted by Author on September 6, 2007


By Sarah Matheson, Epoch Times staff in Sydney, Sep 06, 2007-

Representatives from around the world travelled thousands of miles to ask APEC leaders to speak up for China’s people.

Human rights figures, politicians, democracy activists, representatives for the people of Darfur and the Uighyristan Autonomous Region of China, and Falun Gong pracititioners from New Zealand, Australia and Taiwan descended on Sydney, using the APEC summit to push for social change in China.

Dr Sev Ozdowski, member of the Commonwealth Human Rights Commission from 2000-2005, spoke at a rally – attended by around 1000 people – to put human rights violation in China on the APEC agenda. The rally was held in Sydney’s Hyde Park on Thursday.

“When China was granted the rights to host the Beijing Olympics, it promised to improve its human rights record, however the human rights in China has grown progressively worse,” Dr Ozdowski said.

He said the persecution of Falun Gong has all the hallmarks of genocide.

“Furthermore the Chinese Government has exposed its ‘human rights’ to other countries like Zimbabwe, Burma and supports the conduct of genocide in Darfur.”

He said if the international community had boycotted the Berlin Olympics in 1936 it was likely the Holocaust could have been averted.

“It is time to act now,” he warned.

Falun Gong international spokesman Erping Zhang, from the US, said more 3074 Falun Gong practitioners in China have been confirmed persecuted to death but many, many more were missing and the figure did not include those killed through the state-sanctioned organ harvesting.

International human rights lawyer David Matas, of Canada, co-authored the ‘Bloody Harvest’ a compilation of evidence about organ harvesting from detained Falun Gong practitioners in China.

He said it was important to use the APEC conference to publicise the gross violations of human rights abuses in China today.

“Unless the Government’s of APEC are discussing humanity they are not performing their function,” he said.

Asia Pacific Human Rights Charitable Trust president Pan Qing, from New Zealand, commended the Australian Government for being willing to bring up human rights issues with the Chinese regime.

“We all live in the same world. We have to stop the CCP’s [Chinese Communist Party’s] human rights violations,” he said.

Greens senator, Kerry Nettle, said the Australian Government had a very strong trade relationship with China, but their leaders had not done enough to address the important issues at APEC.

“We should be able to raise these issues of human rights and democracy,” she said.

Phil Glendenning from the Edmund Rice Centre said a number of people who had sought asylum in Australia “went missing” when they returned to China.

He said all leaders at the APEC summit needed to read the Matas-Kilgour report on forced organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners in China.

“We need a leadership that is prepared to tell the truth. We don’t have that at the present time.”

“The world requires a China that is not afraid of human rights. The world requires a China that is worthy of its history,” he said.

East Turkistan Association of Australia Dimyan Rahmet said the Chinese regime was still killing, kidnapping and raping women in East Turkistan also known as Uyghuristan.

He said the Chinese Communist Party had also enforced a language assimilation programme, forcing all Uyghurs to speak Chinese, not allowing children to learn their mother tongue.

Quit the CCP service centre Australia spokeswoman Anne Zhong said as evidence of the communist regime’s crimes start to flood China, social unrest is growing. She said 25,727,155 Chinese citizens have publicly withdrawn their membership of the communist party and its related organizations since 2004.

– Original report from the Epochtimes : APEC Leaders Asked to Speak Up for China’s Human Rights

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Traditional Chinese Philosophy: Disaster Follows Wrongful Killing

Posted by Author on August 20, 2007


The Epoch Times –

According to the Book of Han, a classic Chinese history book from 2200 years ago, a judge named Senior Yu became well known for his fairness and wisdom.

During the reign of the Xuan Emperor in the Han Dynasty people built a memorial for Senior Yu while he was still alive.

Senior Yu was an Administrator at the County Prison as well as the Township Judge. He was very just and fair when he held court sessions. Of all the judgments handed down by the court, those written by the Senior Yu were considered the most appropriate and well balanced. Many times even those convicted would agree that Senior Yu’s punishments were fair.

During that time, in the Township of East Sea, there was a very kind and dutiful woman named Zhou Qing. She was extremely thoughtful and caring towards her mother-in-law in accordance with the Chinese custom.

Her mother-in-law said, “My daughter-in-law works so hard to take care of me! I am already very old. Why should I cherish my limited life in this world and burden the younger generations?” The old woman then committed suicide by hanging herself.

The old woman’s married daughter came home from her husband’s place and accused Zhou Qing of murdering her mother. She filed her accusation at the Township Governor’s Office. The government then arrested the kind hearted daughter-in-law Zhou Qing. They tortured her and forced her to admit guilt to the crime.

After hearing about the case, Senior Yu advised the Governor, “This woman had taken care of her mother-in-law for more than 10 years and her loyalty was well known in this area. I do not believe that she murdered her mother-in-law.” Yet, the Governor refused to heed Senior Yu’s advice, and insisted on carrying out the death penalty against Zhou Qing. After many futile attempts to change the Governor’s mind, Senior Yu left broken hearted.

According to the Chinese belief, when an innocent person is killed disasters will strike the hometown of the victim. After Zhou Qing was put to death, the Township of East Sea suffered three years of continued drought. The Governor was blamed and dismissed from his position.

When the new Governor reported to duty, he asked Senior Yu, “How come we did not have any rainfall for the last three years?” Senior Yu answered, “The loyal daughter-in-law should not have died. She was wrongfully executed by the former Governor. The calamity was caused by killing this innocent person.”

The new Governor immediately went to the grave site of Zhou Qing to pay tribute to her in person. He built a Memorial Archway of Integrity at the grave site as a commendation to her posthumously.

The rain returned immediately and the township had a bumper crop that year.

– Article from the Epochtimes: Good Stories from China: Disaster Follows Wrongful Killing

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Beijing Tiananmen Square Crackdown Revealed- 200,000 Troops and 700 Tanks

Posted by Author on August 12, 2007


Japan Today, Japan, August 2, 2007-

HONG KONG — A total of 200,000 troops and 700 tanks were deployed in the crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989, a Hong Kong-based human rights monitoring group said Wednesday. The Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy said the 200,000 troops came from five provinces.

On June 4, 1989, after weeks of student-led protests in Tiananmen Square, troops backed by tanks crushed the demonstrations, killing hundreds if not thousands of people. Beijing has been reluctant to reinvestigate what really happened and defined the crackdown as a “political disturbance that happened between spring and summer in 1989.”

The center’s statement said the troops and 700 tanks were deployed in May and they had no idea what happened in Beijing, only that they received “clear orders” from late President Deng Xiaoping that they were “allowed to open fire.”

© 2007 Kyodo News.

– original report from JapanToday.com : Details about Tiananmen Square crackdown revealed

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Countdown to Olympics Fails to Stop Killing in China

Posted by Author on August 8, 2007


Press release, Falun Dafa Information Center, 08/07/2007-

NEW YORK – During the month of June the Falun Dafa Information Center has recorded the deaths of 20 Falun Gong adherents as a result of the Chinese Communist Party’s persecution of the practice. Some of the deaths took place as early as January 2007, but only became known in June due to the difficulties and dangers involved in obtaining such sensitive information from inside China.

The deaths took place across ten provinces and cities throughout China, with over three quarters of them occurring in the northeastern part of the country. Fourteen of those killed were women, who also account for 70 percent of the overall confirmed death toll, which now stands at 3,073. Estimates place the actual death toll at over ten times this figure, as many thousands remain missing and earlier killings continue to be uncovered.

Of the deaths reported in June, eight of the victims were over 50. The youngest, Liu Liang from Shandong province’s Jiaozhou city, was 24 years old.

According to several media reports, including a 2005 article by Intelligence Online, Deputy Public Security Minister Liu Jing has been assigned the responsibility of eradicating Falun Gong before the 2008 Beijing Olympics. (news)

The orders presumably came from top leaders, like politburo member Luo Gan, who remain committed to Jiang Zemin’s anti-Falun Gong policy. Sources in China corroborate these reports, saying Liu has issued orders to police departments throughout the country, demanding concerted efforts to achieve the goal of making Falun Gong disappear before the Summer Games almost exactly a year away.

Among the 20 death cases recorded in June is Wang Minli; back in 2003 United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Theo van Boven had expressed concern over her arrest and torture. In a 2006 document authored by his successor, Special Rapporteur Manfred Nowak, 66 percent of the reported victims of torture in custody were Falun Gong practitioners.

Common torture methods include shocks administered by electric batons, beatings, sexual torture including rape, hanging by handcuffs from the ceilings, being tied spread eagle for days, and sleep deprivation for weeks, along with forced labor of as many as 20 hours a day and brainwashing sessions known euphemistically as “re-education.” All are for the purpose of forcing Falun Gong adherents to renounce their belief and disclose information about other practitioners.

Moreover, there is evidence of large-scale harvesting of kidneys, hearts, livers and other body parts from Falun Gong practitioners; the organs are then sold for profit, as documented in the independent Kilgour-Matas report (link).

“Today, Falun Gong adherents continue to suffer extreme human rights abuses by the Chinese regime. It is not over and it is crucial that western media continue to shine light on these atrocities,” says Joel Chipkar, Canadian spokesperson for the Falun Dafa Information Center.

“Every report published puts pressure on the regime to stop killing for fear of being held responsible. Otherwise, our silence inevitably aids in the deaths of more human beings.”( …… more details death cases from FalunInfo.net)

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China handbag: Actress Cameron Diaz Apologize to Peru for Maoist Slogan

Posted by Author on June 27, 2007


By Ray McDonald, VOA News, Washington, 25 June 2007-Actress Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz said she was sorry for carrying a Maoist handbag in Peru.

(photo: Cameron Diaz , with handbag slung over shoulder, walks on streets of Cuzco, 19 Jun 2007 – from VOA NEws website)

The actress issued a June 24 apology for visiting the ancient Incan city of Machu Pichu carrying an olive green bag emblazoned with a red star and the slogan “Serve The People” in Chinese. It was perhaps the most famous slogan of Communist leader Mao Zedong.

Marketed as fashion accessories elsewhere, the bags evoke painful memories in Peru of the Maoist Shining Path insurgency movement.

It fought a bloody conflict with the government in the 1980s and 1990s, leaving nearly 70,000 people dead.

“I sincerely apologize to anyone I may have inadvertently offended. The bag was a purchase I made as a tourist in China and I did not realize the potentially hurtful nature of the slogan printed on it,” Diaz said in a statement e-mailed to the Associated Press.

The voice of Princess Fiona in the “Shrek” movies said she was participating in “4 REAL,” a Canadian television show focusing on young leaders around the world.

“I’m sorry for any people’s pain and suffering and it was certainly never my intention to reopen what I now know is a painful wound in this country’s history,” she said. Diaz also praised Peruvians’ beauty and warmth and said she wished “for their continued healing.”

– original report from VOA News : Apologizes to Peru for Fashion Faux Pas

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50 Years On, Deaths of Anti-Rightist Era Still Taboo in China

Posted by Author on June 20, 2007


Radio free Asia, 2007.06.19-

HONG KONG—The infamous Anti-Rightist Campaign of 1957, in which hundreds of thousands of Chinese intellectuals were killed, jailed, or persecuted, still lingers as a shadow hanging over China’s development, despite calls from its targets for the Communist Party to admit its mistakes, campaigners said.

Chen Fengxiao was a student at prestigious Beijing University when the campaign, which came soon after the “Hundred Flowers” movement in which party chairman Mao Zedong invited intellectuals to set forth a profusion of dissident views, was initiated 50 years ago this month.

“I was sentenced to 15 years. After that, my sentence was extended by seven years. In total I did 22 years of reform through labor,” he told RFA’s Mandarin service. “I was subjected to all manner of punishments. You can say that I was a rightist, fine, but I don’t accept that I committed any crime. Because everything we did was within the Constitution, within the law.

I didn’t break the law and yet I was tortured, tied up to a bench, hung up, scorched with fire, and forced to watch executions.”

The 50th anniversary has sparked calls for the government to make a public announcement accepting that the movement, in which 550,000 people were “struggled”—often dying from beatings or summary executions or serving lengthy terms in labor camp—was a mistake.

Party says initial struggle ‘justified’

The stigma of the rightist label often meant their relatives also suffered severe social disadvantages.

Until now, the official line has been that the initial, narrow version of Anti-Rightist Campaign was necessary to stamp out a threat to Communist Party rule, but that its expansion was a mistake.

In an open letter to China’s leadership, 55 former “rightists” called on the government to admit the campaign had been “a gross violation of the constitution of our country and a mistaken political movement,” calling the official line on the subject “ludicrous self-deception.”

It also called for compensation for the victims, and for the ending of restrictions on freedom of speech, and for Chinese citizens to be allowed to tell their own history of the movement openly.

According to unofficial minutes leaked earlier this year from a key meeting of the Party’s Central Propaganda Department, the media and publishing have been warned off any material touching on the history of the Anti-Rightist Campaign.

“This year is the 50th anniversary of the Anti-Rightist Campaign,” the notes, taken by an official who attended the meeting and widely circulated on the Internet, said.

No books allowed

It warned that many people, including top academics, who were dissatisfied with the Party would use the anniversary to “smear the Communist Party.”

“For this reason, no memoirs or books dealing with the period of history around the Anti-Rightist Campaign are allowed to be published, and no articles regarding the movement may be printed,” ran the notes, which claimed to be taken from a verbal announcement made at the meeting.

While RFA has no way to verify this account, it accords with information about the Propaganda Department from media and publishing sources across the country.

In an essay written for the anniversary, former top Communist Party official Bao Tong, under house arrest in Beijing since ending a jail term in the wake of the 1989 pro-democracy movement, described the fate of the 550,000 people who were designated “rightists.”

“Their collective crime was to have criticized the Party’s policies and work style. The fate of those 550,000 was as follows: some died right there during the struggle sessions; many died later in prison or labor camp, or as a result of kangaroo courts and summary executions. A small number survived to see their relatives suffer discrimination and oppression,” said Bao, a former aide to ousted late premier Zhao Ziyang.

Bao’s essay, titled “On the illegality of the anti-rightist struggle,” lashed out at late supreme leader Deng Xiaoping, who spearheaded the campaign.

Critics acted legally

“What sort of a crime is denying the leadership of the Party or reversing the direction of socialism?” Bao wrote.

“Citizens have a right to express agreement or disagreement with the Party’s leadership or with the direction of socialism. This is a legal act. The State and the law have a responsibility to protect it, not the right to punish it.”

“Didn’t ‘we’ allow tens of millions of people to starve to death through the ‘progress’ achieved through the Party’s leadership and socialism, and persecute 200 million more?” Bao wrote, in a reference to the subsequent Great Leap Forward (1959) and Cultural Revolution (1966-76). (…… more details from Radio free Asia report)

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China Blasts Bush Tribute to Victims of Communism

Posted by Author on June 14, 2007


Reuters, Wednesday, June 13, 2007 –

BEIJING (Reuters) – Communist-ruled China has blasted U.S. President George Bush for attending the founding of a memorial to victims of communism, accusing Washington of “cold war” thinking and provoking ideological confrontation.

Bush attended the dedication of the Victims of Communism Memorial in Washington on Tuesday, naming China among the regimes he blamed for the deaths of about 100 million innocent people.

“According to the best scholarly estimate, communism took the lives of tens of millions of people in China and the Soviet Union,” Bush said in his speech issued on the White House Web site (www.whitehouse.gov).

He cited the Great Leap Foward of the late 1950s, when many millions died in famine sparked by Mao Zedong’s drive for massive communes, and the Cultural Revolution of 1966-76 when Mao launched a radical, often violent campaign to stamp out ideological threats.

China, which remains under communist rule even as it embraces booming capitalist investment, shot back late on Wednesday with a statement that did not name Bush but made its anger clear.

“Some political forces in the United States, driven by a Cold War mentality and by political imperatives, are provoking confrontation between ideologies and social systems,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said in a statement issued on the ministry Web site (www.fmprc.gov.cn).

“We express our strong displeasure and resolute opposition to the statements and actions of the U.S. side,” Qin said. “Stop interfering in other countries’ domestic affairs.”

China and the United States have expanded cooperation under Bush, with Washington turning to Beijing for help in dealing with North Korea’s nuclear weapons program and other security threats.

But China, where the Communist Party swept to power in 1949, also believes Washington has long nursed plans to undermine one-party rule and press the country towards Western-style democracy.

Last week, China condemned an announced meeting between Bush and an exiled activist demanding autonomy for Xinjiang, the tense and heavily Muslim region in the nation’s far west.

Bush has also hosted Chinese Christians critical of the party’s religious controls.

original report from Reuters

Related:
Victims of Communism Memorial: 65 Million Died in China, June 12, 2007

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video: Chinese Communist Party’s History of Killing

Posted by Author on June 14, 2007


Part 7, Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, Updated on January 4, 2005-

The 55-year history of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is written with blood and lies. The stories behind this bloody history are both extremely tragic and rarely known. Under the rule of the CCP, 60 to 80 million innocent Chinese people have been killed, leaving their broken families behind.

Many people wonder why the CCP kills. While the CCP continues its brutal persecution of Falun Gong practitioners and recently suppressed protesting crowds in Hanyuan with gunshots, people wonder whether they will ever see the day when the CCP will learn to speak with words rather than guns.

Video Part A:

Video Part B:

Mao Zedong summarized the purpose of the Cultural Revolution, “…after the chaos the world reaches peace, but in 7 or 8 years, the chaos needs to happen again.” [1] In other words, there should be a political revolution every 7 or 8 years and a crowd of people needs to be killed every 7 or 8 years.

A supporting ideology and practical requirements lie behind the CCP’s slaughters.

Ideologically, the CCP believes in the “dictatorship of the proletariat” and “continuous revolution under the dictatorship of the proletariat.” Therefore, after the CCP took over China, it killed the landowners to resolve problems with production relationships in rural areas. It killed the capitalists to reach the goal of commercial and industrial reform and solve the production relationships in the cities.

After these two classes were eliminated, the problems related to the economic base were basically solved. Similarly, solving the problems related to the superstructure [2] also called for slaughter.

The suppressions of the Hu Feng Anti-Party Group [3] and the Anti-Rightists Movement eliminated the intellectuals.

Killing the Christians, Taoists, Buddhists and popular folk groups solved the problem of religions.

Mass murders during the Cultural Revolution established, culturally and politically, the CCP’s absolute leadership.

The Tiananmen Square massacre was used to prevent political crisis and squelch democratic demands.

The persecution of Falun Gong is meant to resolve the issues of belief and traditional healing.

These actions were all necessary for the CCP to strengthen its power and maintain its rule in the face of continual financial crisis (prices for consumer goods skyrocketed after the CCP took power and China’s economy almost collapsed after the Cultural Revolution), political crisis (some people not following the Party’s orders or some others wanting to share political rights with the Party) and crisis of belief (the disintegration of the former Soviet Union, political changes in Eastern Europe, and the Falun Gong issue).

Except for the Falun Gong issue, almost all the foregoing political movements were utilized to revive the evil specter of the CCP and incite its desire for revolution. The CCP also used these political movements to test CCP members, eliminating those who did not meet the Party’s requirements.

Killing is also necessary for practical reasons. The Communist Party began as a group of thugs and scoundrels who killed to obtain power. Once this precedent was set, there was no going back. Constant terror was needed to intimidate people and force them to accept, out of fear, the absolute rule of the CCP.

On the surface, it may appear that the CCP was “forced to kill,” and that various incidents just happened to irritate the CCP evil specter and accidentally trigger CCP’s killing mechanism.

In truth, these incidents serve to disguise the Party’s need to kill, and periodical killing is required by the CCP. Without these painful lessons, people might begin to think the CCP was improving and start to demand democracy, just as those idealistic students in the 1989 democratic movement did.

Recurring slaughter every 7 or 8 years serves to refresh people’s memory of terror and can warn the younger generation—whoever works against the CCP, wants to challenge the CCP’s absolute leadership, or attempts to tell the truth regarding China’s history, will get a taste of the “iron fist of the dictatorship of the proletariat.”

Killing has become one of the most essential ways for the CCP to maintain power. With the escalation of its bloody debts, laying down its butcher knife would encourage people to take vengeance for the CCP’s criminal acts. Therefore, the CCP not only needed to conduct copious and thorough killing, but the slaughter also had to be done in a most brutal fashion to effectively intimidate the populace, especially early on when the CCP was establishing its rule.

Since the purpose of the killing was to instill the greatest terror, the CCP selected targets for destruction arbitrarily and irrationally. In every political movement, the CCP used the strategy of genocide. Take the “suppression of reactionaries” as an example. The CCP did not really suppress the reactionary “behaviors” but the “people” whom they called the reactionaries. If one had been enlisted and served a few days in the Nationalist (Kuomintang, KMT) army but did absolutely nothing political after the CCP gained power, this person would still be killed because of his “reactionary history.” In the process of land reform, in order to remove the “root of the problem,” the CCP often killed a landowner’s entire family.

Since 1949, the CCP has persecuted more than half the people in China. An estimated 60 million to 80 million people died from unnatural causes. This number exceeds the total number of deaths in both World Wars combined.

As with other communist countries, the wanton killing done by the CCP also includes brutal slayings of its own members in order to remove dissidents who value a sense of humanity over the Party nature. The CCP’s rule of terror falls equally on the populace and its members in an attempt to maintain an “invincible fortress.”

In a normal society, people show care and love for one another, hold life in awe and veneration and give thanks to God. In the East, people say, “Do not impose on others what you would not want done to yourself [4].” In the West, people say, “Love thy neighbor as thyself [5].”

Conversely, the CCP holds that “The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles [6].” In order to keep alive the “struggles” within society, hatred must be generated. Not only does the CCP take lives, it encourages people to kill each other. It strives to desensitize people towards others’ suffering by surrounding them with constant killing. It wants them to become numb from frequent exposure to inhumane brutality, and develop the mentality that “the best you can hope for is to avoid being persecuted.” All these lessons taught by brutal suppression enable the CCP to maintain its rule.

In addition to the destruction of countless lives, the CCP also destroyed the soul of the Chinese people. A great many people have become conditioned to react to the CCP’s threats by entirely surrendering their reason and their principles. In a sense, these people’s souls have died—something more frightening than physical death. (… … more details on this topic from Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party website)

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Commentary: Monument to Murder

Posted by Author on June 14, 2007


by Cal Thomas  (More by this author), Human Events, 06/11/2007-

Should anyone remain at the real end of history to chronicle a list of humanity’s worst systems for the benefit of any left to read it, the legacy of communism is sure to be at, or near, the top.

That’s why it is especially appropriate that in Washington, D.C., this week a Victims of Communism Memorial will be dedicated.

With the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the quick collapse of the Soviet Union, many embraced the idea that the world had become free, or was headed in freedom’s direction. That one-quarter of the world population remained under communist dictatorship in China seemed of less concern than the dissolution of Soviet Russia. The Tiananmen Square Massacre in June of 1989 reminded the West that communism was as deadly to those who opposed it in China as it had been in the Soviet Union. But the West’s attention span is short and soon American companies were happy to do business with China because our commitment to the bottom line is stronger than it is to the moral line.

Lee Edwards, the chairman of The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOCMF), has attracted bipartisan support for the memorial, including Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.) and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), who are offering remarks at the dedication. It comes on the 20th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s Berlin speech during which he famously said, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”

The brutality of communism was quickly swept under history’s rug, in large part because so many on the left had embraced it as the solution to humankind’s problems. The memorial stands as a rebuke to such twisted thinking.

The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression” by Stephane Courtois, Nicolas Werth, Jean-Louis Panne, Andrzej Paczkowski, Karel Bartosek and Jean-Louis Margolin lists by country the number of people murdered under communist regimes: 65 million (and counting) in China; 20 million in the Soviet Union, 2 million (and counting) in North Korea, 2 million in Cambodia, 1.7 million in Africa, 1.5 million in Afghanistan, 1 million in Vietnam, 1 million in communist Eastern Europe and 150,000 in Latin America.

In short, communism, an evil ideology unlike any the world has seen, is responsible for the slaughter of more than 94 million human beings. It tops all plagues, natural disasters, crime, and other political ideologies, probably combined.

The VOCMF provided some quotes that remind us of the individual human cost of communism. Anhthu Lu is a Vietnamese-American, who escaped his communist nation as one of the “boat people.” He says, “There is no hope for a better tomorrow under communism. One can only hope to survive the daily rounds of communist shelling, or explosion into the villages, the schools, the markets. That is how I remember my childhood, one filled with fears, with destruction and deaths. That is what communism is all about: terror, destruction, retribution.”

When he visited Stalin’s “paradise,” the French leftist writer Andre Gide said: “I doubt that in any country of the world, even Hitler’s Germany, is thought less free, more bowed down, more terrorized.”

Chinese philosopher Lin Yutang spoke of the “little terrors” of China: making 12-year-old children subject to capital punishment, sending women to work in underground coal mines, harassing workers during their lunchtime with threats of prison — or worse — if they are late returning to work.

While many Westerners recall Nazi-run death camps like Auschwitz and Buchenwald, few remember Soviet death camps named Kolyma and Magadan. True, Alexandr Solzhenitsyn mentioned them in “The Gulag Archipelago” as did Varlam Sjalamov in “Tales from Kolyma,” but as the late Swedish journalist Andres Kung wrote, “There are people who have still not heard of these communist extermination camps — even though the communists preceded the Nazis in creating such camps and killed an even larger number of people in their camps.

While the memorial is a welcome reminder of man’s capacity to do evil, one wishes that a similar structure were erected to remind the world of leftist academics, clergy and journalists who enabled communism to survive by writing and speaking lies about its true nature. They were more than enablers. They were co-conspirators and accessories to murder. They, too, deserve to share in communism’s ignominy.

Mr. Thomas is America’s most widely syndicated op-ed columnist. He is a commentator/analyst for the Fox News Channel and appears weekly as a panelist on “Fox News Watch,” and an author of 10 books, including “Blinded by Might: Why the Religious Right Can’t Save America” (HarperCollins/Zondervan). His latest is, “The Wit and Wisdom of Cal Thomas.” Contact him at CalThomas@tribune.com

original from  Human Events

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Victims of Communism Memorial: 65 Million Died in China

Posted by Author on June 13, 2007


eux.tv, Tuesday, June 12, 2007-

Washington (dpa) – The planners of the victims of communism memorial dedicated Tuesday in Washington based the figure of an estimated 100 million political deaths under communism on the book by French scholars, “The Black book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression,” published by Harvard University.

The 1997 book, hailed by US reviewers as a groundbreaking documentary work, put the death tolls at 65 million in China; 20 million in the Soviet Union; 2 million in North Korea; 2 million in Cambodia; 1.7 million in Africa; 1.5 million in Afghanistan; 1 million in Vietnam; 1 million in the communist states of Eastern Europe; and 150,000 in Latin America.

In his speech at the dedication, US President George W Bush noted individual losses, including deaths in the Ukraine from starvation imposed by Soviet tyrant Joseph Stalin; the deaths of Lithuanians, Latvians and Estonians “loaded onto cattle cars and deported to Arctic death camps of Soviet Communism;” the Chinese killed in the cultural revolution and Great Leap Forward; Cambodians slain under Pol Pot; East Germans “shot attempting to scale the Berlin Wall;” Poles “massacred in the Katyn Forest;” Ethiopians slaughtered in the Red Terror; Miskito Indians murdered by Nicaragua’s Sandinista dictatorship; and Cuban refugees “who drowned escaping tyranny.”

“We’ll never know the names of all who perished, but at this sacred place, communism’s unknown victims will be consecrated to history and remembered forever,” Bush said of the memorial.

The memorial statue, called the “goddess of democracy,” shows a woman holding a torch high with her right hand. It is a replica of one carved by Chinese student sculptors in the spring of 1989, and erected during protests at Tiananmen Square that provoked severe reprisals from the Chinese communist government.

Congress had to approve the building of the memorial, but it was built with private funds raised by a non-profit foundation.

– original report from eux.tv: BACKGROUND: 100 million deaths under communism

Related:
–  VICTIMS OF COMMUNISM MEMORIAL Break Ground at D.C. Site, Washington Post, September 28, 2006

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55,000 Hong Kong Residents Commemorate Tiananmen Crackdown

Posted by Author on June 4, 2007


By KEITH BRADSHER, New York Times, June 4, 2007-

HONG KONG, June 4 — A candlelight vigil here this evening to mark the 18th anniversary of the military crackdown on the Tiananmen Square demonstrations drew an unusually large crowd, apparently in response to the recent assertion by the leader of Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing party that no massacre took place in 1989.

By contrast, Tiananmen Square itself, in Beijing, remained quiet under tight security through a humid, sunny day, with the usual tour groups and pedestrians milling about. State security agents had already placed several well-known dissidents under house arrest or close watch, though some of those detained described the harassment as more passive than in years past.

Some dissidents communicated through websites established to commemorate the anniversary.

Hu Jia, a leading Chinese advocate on issues like AIDS, said he and others have been confined to their homes, but that the authorities had shown a few small signs of leniency. He said Ding Zilin, a leader of a group known as the Tiananmen Mothers, was allowed to commemorate the death of her son by visiting one of the famous sites where soldiers fired upon pro-democracy demonstrators.

In Hong Kong, the Tiananmen Square killings are once more a subject of active discussion following remarks three weeks ago by Ma Lik, the chairman of the pro-Beijing Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong. Mr. Ma told local reporters on May 15 that Hong Kong people lacked patriotic devotion to China because they believed that the Communist Party had massacred people at Tiananmen Square.

Mr. Ma contended that Hong Kong residents were too willing to believe versions of events in 1989 that were released by “gweilos,” a slightly derogatory local term for Westerners. He went on to suggest that the city would not be ready to be granted full democracy by Beijing until 2022 as a result.

China experts have debated for years whether hundreds of people or thousands of people were killed in the military crackdown on Tiananmen Square demonstrators, but they agree that soldiers shot large numbers of people. Mr. Ma did not say whether he believed that any deaths had occurred, but suggested that whatever happened did not constitute a massacre.

Mr. Ma described his remarks a day later as “rash and frivolous,” but maintained his position that no massacre had taken place. Mr. Ma did not answer calls to his cell phone last month or today.

Public debate over Mr. Ma’s remarks appeared to increase the turnout at this evening’s vigil. Organizers estimated the crowd at 55,000 people, while and police put it at 27,000, the most to attend the annual vigil since 2004, when organizers claimed a crowd of 82,000 while police said 48,000.

Organizers estimated last year’s crowd at 44,000, while police put it at 19,000.

The turnout in 2004 was extremely large because Hong Kong was nearing the end of a year-long flourishing of pro-democracy sentiment. touched off by the local government’s unsuccessful attempt to introduce a stringent internal security law.

Yip Wingki, a 32-year-old salesman, said that he had not attended any previous vigils, but came this evening with his 7-year-old son because he was offended by Mr. Ma’s remarks.

“He warped the truth totally,” he said as his son sleepily held a lit candle in the sweltering heat.

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, the Roman Catholic bishop of Hong Kong and a senior adviser to the Vatican on China policy, denounced the Tiananmen Square killings at a small prayer meeting held in the same large park as the vigil but an hour earlier.

“Our comrades who were shot to death in Tiananmen Square and the surrounding streets were very patriotic, and they came forward to chastise corrupt people in power and to ask for a push toward democracy,” he said. “The violent response took away those young lives and assigned them the criminal label of being rioters. This is a great shame on our country’s history.”

But most of Cardinal Zen’s remarks were more cautious and more focused on the Bible’s teachings than last year, when he accused China’s current leaders of tolerating corruption, huge inequalities of wealth, coal mine disasters, and the sale of fake medicines.

And while Cardinal Zen wore his red and white robes as a cardinal for his speech last year, having just come from the Catholic cathedral here, he chose this evening to wear the simple black shirt and white clerical collar of a priest.

A year ago, the Vatican was upset with Beijing officials over the consecration of two bishops without papal approval. The Vatican and Beijing have engaged in low-profile talks since then, with the goal of someday establishing diplomatic relations, and both sides have toned down their rhetoric.

Organizers concluded the vigil this evening by urging participants to join an annual pro-democracy march on July 1, which this year will mark the tenth anniversary of Britain’s return of Hong Kong to Chinese rule. President Hu Jintao of China is expected here for the anniversary, and Chinese officials will be watching the march closely for any sign of resurgent interest in democracy.

Jim Yardley contributed reporting from Beijing.

original report from New York Times

Related:
Video: Tiananmen Square Massacre 18 Years Ago in China

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Videos: Tiananmen Square Massacre 18 Years Ago in China

Posted by Author on June 3, 2007


Do you know why the words “Tiananman” and “June 4” are both on China’s block list and are censored all the time on Internet ? Because it’s related to a massacre China government tried to cover up in these recent 18 years.

Here’s a video report by CBC 18 years ago about the massacre happened in China’s capital City Beijing:

In the spring of 1989, college students in China led a pro-democracy movement, calling for freedom, democracy, less corruption, and more transparency from China’s Communist leaders. Their protest was peaceful, non-violent, and the protesters were unarmed.

Their protest also caught on widely, drawing in intellectuals, journalists, and labor leaders. (China Support Net)

The students gathered togather in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, erected a statue that resembled the Statue of Liberty. Their version was dubbed the Goddess of Democracy.

Millions of people in Beijing joined them. And also, besides beijing, students gained support from almost all classes of the Chinese society from all over the country including many high ranking officials.

But finally at the night of June 3, 1989, the communist leaders decided to crack down on the student movement and called in the army.

Chinese tanks and troops opened fire to students with live ammunition as they swept into Tiananmen Square.

About 3,000 people were killed, and about 10,000 wounded.

But the Chinese government declared later after the massacre that :

– There’s no students been killed and no massacre happened on Tiananmen square;
– On the contrary, there were soldiers been killed by “Mob”

Till today, the massacre is still called as “riot” by the Communist government.

Here’s another Documentary video in Google, “The cutting edge: Tank Man”, about the the massacre, the brave Tank Man who stand in front of and blocked the tanks, and the human rights in China. 52 minutes long. Highly recommanded to everybody.

Related:
China: Tiananmen Legacy Defies Olympic Gloss, Human Rights Watch, June 1, 2007

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China: Tiananmen Legacy Defies Olympic Gloss

Posted by Author on June 3, 2007


Human Rights Watch, June 1, 2007-

(Washington, DC, June 1, 2007) – China’s total failure to account for the massacre of June 4, 1989 casts a pall on its efforts to project a new image and continues to spawn more abuses, Human Rights Watch said today.

Eighteen years after Chinese government troops initiated a massacre of an estimated 2,000 unarmed citizens in and around Tiananmen Square and other Chinese cities on and after June 4, the Chinese government has wholly failed to account for those killings and bring justice to the victims. Instead, the government continues to harass the survivors, their families and those who dare to challenge the official whitewash of the events at Tiananmen Square.

“In the 14 months leading up to the Beijing Olympics, the Chinese Communist Party wants to be seen as a modern, sophisticated nation, one governed by the rule of law,” said Sophie Richardson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “But the image the world should not forget is that of a courageous individual facing down a column of tanks, as his fate and that of thousands of other protestors remain unresolved.”

On June 3-4 1989, the Chinese government turned its troops and tanks against its own citizens, slaughtering hundreds to stop a movement of students, a handful of workers, and a few academics, writers and journalists from demonstrating peacefully for a pluralistic political system. The death toll included hundreds of civilians massed in the streets of Beijing who had tried to stop the army from reaching Tiananmen Square.

The ensuing crackdown extended to major urban centers across China and resulted in the arrest of hundreds of people on charges ranging from “counterrevolutionary” offenses to “hooliganism” including robbery, arson and assault. As recently as 2004, at least 143 individuals arrested in the wake of the June 3-4 massacre were still in prison.

China was globally condemned for its crackdown on the protesters, and several states imposed sanctions, including the ongoing European Union arms embargo. In 1990, however, then-President Jiang Zemin dismissed international condemnation of the Tiananmen Massacre as “much ado about nothing.”

China’s current Premier Wen Jiabao holds a special responsibility in ensuring justice for the June 4, 1989 victims. On May 19, 1989, Wen was chief-of-staff to then-general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, Zhao Ziyang, who visited the demonstrators in Tiananmen Square, and was fully aware of the peaceful nature of their protest. Wen and the rest of China’s current leadership should publicly hold accountable those who made the decision to turn the People’s Liberation Army against the citizens of Beijing and who ordered the imprisonment of thousands of others throughout China.

In the run-up to each anniversary of the June 3-4 massacres, survivors and victims’ families are subjected to intrusive scrutiny by public security officials, while known dissidents are frequently put under house arrest during the same period. In Tiananmen Square itself, the normally tight security narrows to a stranglehold to prevent spontaneous protests or efforts by relatives to mourn their dead family members.

“What kind of Olympic host marks the annual anniversary of a brutal massacre by persecuting victims’ families and detaining dissidents?” Richardson said. “Beijing – and by extension, the 2008 Olympic Games – will remain tarnished by this legacy until the Chinese government provides a complete and truthful account of what happened in June 1989.”

Over the last 18 years, Human Rights Watch has repeatedly called on the Chinese government to:

* overturn the 1989 verdict labeling the movement a “counterrevolutionary rebellion;”
* publicly recognize that the June 1989 massacre is a deeply divisive source of pain and frustration even within the ranks of the ruling Chinese Communist Party;
* cease its harassment and imprisonment of the survivors, family members, and scholars who demand state accountability for what happened at Tiananmen;
* formally exonerate or initiate new and fair trials, attended by international observers, for all those convicted of crimes in the aftermath of June 4; and
* issue a complete list of those who died, those who were injured, and those who went to prison, as no such lists are publicly available.

None of these steps has been taken.

“If the Chinese government wants to make its preferred image the reality, it’s time to stop persecuting those who dare to demand justice and start prosecuting those responsible for the violence of June 1989,” said Richardson.

Human Rights Watch has raised its concerns about Tiananmen in numerous documents since 1991, lists can be found from HRW webpage: China: Tiananmen Legacy Defies Olympic Gloss

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Human Rights Activist’s Personal Account of China Gulja after Massacre

Posted by Author on February 8, 2007


Amnesty International (AI), 1 February 2007-

Rebiya Kadeer, nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006, is a Uighur human rights activist and former prisoner of conscience. In November 2006, she was also elected president of the World Uighur Congress (WUC) in Munich. She lives in exile in the US. Here is her personal account of Gulja (Yining City) after the massacre on 5 February 1997.

I began hearing about terrible events occurring in Gulja (also called as Yining in China) in early February 1997, and decided – as a Uighur and a member of the Chinese National People’s Congress, that I had to go to see for myself what was happening.

I arrived in Gulja ( Yining ) City in the morning of 7 or 8 February, and went to the home of a Uighur friend of mine.

In the afternoon my friend took me to the home of another Uighur family whose two sons had been killed during the Chinese military crackdown on the peaceful protestors in Gulja ( Yining ) a couple of days earlier. Their daughter had been arrested and her whereabouts were unknown. The parents were pale and highly distraught.

Just as I was trying to talk with them, the Ili Prefectural Police and Chinese Military officers and soldiers burst into the house. The soldiers pulled the parents by the hair and kicked them really hard. The top military officer ordered me to put my hands on my head and to face the wall and said, “if you resist or shout and scream, we will shoot you.” It was clear that it was the Chinese military officer in command, not the prefectural police, who didn’t dare say anything in front of him. They forced me to strip completely naked and searched all my clothes.

After finding nothing I was ordered to put my clothes back on, and was taken to the prefectural police station for further questioning. The police chief warned me not to visit any more homes and to leave the city immediately. He said I would be held responsible for the deaths of any people I visited who passed information on to me, and even my own death if something terrible happened. I was then allowed to leave the police station. I nevertheless resolved to stay in the city to gather more information.

As I left the police station someone dropped a note in front of me which read “Go and visit the Yengi Hayat Neighbourhood.” When I arrived in that neighbourhood I saw a large house with all the doors open, and even some food on the table, but with no one at home.

I knocked at the house next door, but no one answered. I tried another house, and a Hui Muslim opened the door and addressed me in perfect Uighur. I asked him what had happened to the people in the house next door. He said they may have been killed in the demonstration. He said they had been really nice neighbours. When I asked him how many people had lived in the house he was not comfortable answering, but he said many had been killed in that neighbourhood and taken away in military trucks.

I asked him if he could direct me to the home of a Uighur family in the neighbourhood, but he said most Uighurs would be too scared to let me into their homes. But he pointed me to the house of an Uzbek family.

A 60-year old Uzbek woman opened the door. Despite her concern that I was being followed she gave me some tea and spoke to me about the demonstration and the crackdown. She said she had seen numerous Chinese military trucks piled high with dead or beaten Uighurs going into the local Yengi Hayat Prison but had not seen people leaving. She said she was certain that nearly 1000 Uighurs had been taken into the prison, but that the prison could only accommodate 500 prisoners. Furthermore, she said she saw many military trucks leaving the prison that were filled with dirt. Many others I spoke with had also witnessed this. Many suspected that dead bodies were buried in the dirt and were being taken out to be disposed of.

Later, I visited the home of another individual, Abdushukur Hajim, who had not participated in the demonstration but who had witnessed killings by the Chinese military. While at his home, the Ili Prefectural Police broke in and detained me for a second time, again taking me back to the police station. I learned later that this gentleman was subsequently arrested and sentenced to two years in prison for passing “state secrets” to me. When he was released two years later he had had a mental breakdown.

Even after my second detention and warning by the Ili Prefectural Police I did not leave Ghulja. I simply felt it was my responsibility to bear witness to the events there and to gather information. I was eventually detained a third time. When I arrived at the police station they said “we’ve told you repeatedly to leave but you are still here. OK, then, if you are so interested to know what happened here then look at this.”

They then showed me footage they had filmed of the military crack-down in Gulja in the proceeding days. I believe their intention was to terrify me and to intimidate me into silence. I watched the footage in the police station with several other people, including the prefectural police chief. I have never seen such viciousness in my life and it is difficult for me to adequately describe the horror of the scenes in the film. In one part dozens of military dogs were attacking – lunging and biting at, peaceful demonstrators, including women and children. Chinese PLA soldiers were bludgeoning the demonstrators – thrashing at their legs until they buckled and fell to the ground. Those on the ground – some alive, others dead, were then dragged across the ground and dumped all together into dozens of army trucks.

The footage also captured a young Uighur girl screaming, “Semetjan”, then running to a young man who was bleeding and being dragged by a Chinese soldier to a truck. Another soldier knocked her down and shot her dead right on the spot. He then dragged her by the hair and dumped her into the same truck into which the young man had been thrown. In another part of the film gunshots were fired into a group of Uighur children, aged 5 to 6, who were with a woman holding a baby, all were shot. It wasn’t clear where the guns were being fired from, whether from a rooftop or truck-top. There were tanks in the street, and in the film one could see three kinds of PLA soldiers: those with a helmet, baton, and shield; those with automatic weapons; and those with rifles with bayonets. In the film I heard Chinese soldiers shouting, “kill them!, kill them!” I heard one officer shouting to a soldier, “Is he a Uighur or Chinese? Don’t touch the Chinese but kill the Uighur.”

After watching the footage I felt I had done what I could. I had seen enough of the horror. I left Gulja City for Urumchi. Upon arriving at the Gulja airport I was strip-searched by agents of the Chinese National Security Bureau. They confiscated all of my belongings, including my clothing and luggage. They gave me new clothing to wear and escorted me to the airplane.

Approximately ten days after my return to Urumchi, one woman and two young men from Gulja ( Yining ) came to my office. They told me that they hadn’t participated in the demonstration in Gulja ( Yining ) but since the Chinese authorities indiscriminately arresting many Uighurs, including those who hadn’t participated in the demonstration, they decided to flee to Urumchi. One of them said his father was even a communist party member, but he still didn’t feel safe. The woman told me with tears in her eyes that Chinese soldiers fired into a crowd of Uighurs waving goodbye to their relatives who were being paraded through the city streets in trucks on their way to the execution ground. She said when one desperate mother shouted to her son on the truck and raised her hands, Chinese soldiers on a building fired upon her with a machine gun and killed 5-6 Uighurs standing beside her. Some Russians standing nearby saw what happened and shouted “Fascists! Fascists!”

During my stay in Gulja ( Yining ) I visited some 30 Uighur families and met with nearly 100 people. I felt the pain of the Uighur families who lost their sons and daughters in the military crackdown on this peaceful protest. Having been detained and threatened on three occasions, I was able to understand the severity of the situation by experiencing first hand mistreatment at the hands of Chinese military and police.

I am speaking out so that we do not forget those who lost their lives in Gulja ( Yining ) and to call for accountability on the part of the Chinese authorities.

———-
original report of this story from Amnesty International, 1 February 2007

Related:
Background of 1997 Gulja (Yining) City Massacre in China

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Background of 1997 Gulja ( Yining ) City Massacre in China

Posted by Author on February 8, 2007


Amnesty International (AI), 1 February 2007-

(10 years ago) On 5 February 1997, dozens of people were killed or seriously injured when the Chinese security forces brutally broke up a peaceful demonstration in the city of Gulja (Yining) in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR) of China.

Hundreds, possibly thousands, lost their lives or were seriously injured in the unrest that occurred the following day. Large numbers of people were arrested during the demonstrations and their aftermath. Many detainees were beaten or otherwise tortured. An unknown number remain unaccounted for.

Uighurs are a mainly Muslim ethnic minority who are concentrated primarily in China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR).

Since the 1980s, the Uighurs have been the target of systematic and extensive human rights violations. This includes arbitrary detention and imprisonment, incommunicado detention, and serious restrictions on religious freedom as well as cultural and social rights. Uighur political prisoners have been executed after unfair trials.

In recent years, China has exploited the international “war on terror” to suppress the Uighurs, labelling them “terrorists”, “separatists”, or “religious extremists”.

extract from Amnesty International’s report here

more reports about 1997 February Gulja (Yining) city massacre from Amnesty International

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China Guards Tortured Captured Tibetans, Says Teenage Survivor

Posted by Author on February 1, 2007


Randeep Ramesh in New Delhi, Guardian Unlimited, UK, Wednesday January 31, 2007-

More than 30 Tibetans were tortured and incarcerated in a labour camp after their bid to escape across the Himalayas from their homeland failed when Chinese border guards fired on the unarmed group, according to a survivor.

In the first reported account of what happened to those taken from the Himalayas, 15-year-old Jamyang Samten said that he was one of a number of Tibetans who ended up being electrocuted and forced to dig ditches “as a warning” to others.

Samten was part of a group of 75 people who were making their way over the 5,800-metre high Nangpa La Pass last September when Chinese guards opened fire. At least two people – including a Buddhist nun – were killed.

The incident was filmed by a Romanian television producer on a mountaineering expedition, sparking an international outcry. Beijing had claimed that the refugees were shot when border guards were attacked.

Forty-one of the refugees managed to reach India after the shooting, but 32 others were caught and detained. The teenager said he was captured and interrogated over a three-day period during which he was repeatedly hit with an electric cattle prod.

“It went on until I fainted,” Samten told reporters, adding that police repeatedly asked him to identify the dead nun.

After three days, the Tibetans were taken by truck to a prison in Shigatse, Tibet’s second-largest city, Samten said.

They were questioned again while chained to a wall, he said. “A guard wearing a metal glove would hit us in the stomach,” Samten said.

Samten was held there for 48 days in a labour camp where he was forced to dig ditches, build fences and work on fields. Once he was released, the teenager simply paid “guides” to take him via Nepal to India where the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan leader, has been based since 1959.

“He wanted to come to see His Holiness [the Dalai Lama] and he also wanted an education in the Tibetan language,” Tsering Ngodup, who works with the Tibetan refugee centre in Dharmsala, told the Guardian.

Although the teenager’s account is impossible to verify, it echoes the stories of Tibetans who have made the arduous trek through the snows.

Lobsang Gyaltsen, who managed to escape when Samten was captured, said that he feared for his family in Tibet. “I do not know if they are safe. We come here to learn about our language and culture. These things are hard in Tibet where we do not have freedom.”

Mr Gyaltsen said that he been walking for 17 days when the Chinese guards had caught up with the group. They had eaten little and spent days wading through deep snow and struggling over ice and rock.

More than 4,000 Tibetans flee across the border into Nepal every year, undaunted by the fact it runs through several of the highest mountains on earth, including Mount Everest.

Supporters of the Dalai Lama say that China runs a repressive police state in Tibet, ruthlessly crushing dissent. Beijing regards Buddhism’s most senior religious figure as a leading a separatist movement in exile.

With a new railway linking mainland China to Lhasa, Tibet’s capital, Beijing has tightened its grip on the province. “China has become emboldened over Tibet. They have a ‘strike hard’ policy because nobody dares to raise the issue of with them. Of course that won’t stop Tibetans leaving,” said Phunchok Stobdan, an expert in Indo-Tibetan affairs.

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Original report from  Guardian Unlimited

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Speech: The Single Most Important Thing About China

Posted by Author on January 15, 2007


from The Single Most Important Thing You Need To Know About China, A speech by Don Feder to The Awakening Conference, January 7, 2007 — The Cloister. Sea Island, Georgia

By Don Feder, Human Events, DC, USA, 01-11-07-

(Extract)

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But neither China’s booming economy nor its alarming military growth is the root of the problem. In any discussion of China, the place to start is with an understanding of the reality of political power on the Mainland.

The People’s Republic of China remains what it was at its inception in 1949, at the end of the civil war — a ruthless, totalitarian state. As the name implies, a totalitarian regime attempts to exert near- absolute control over the lives of its subjects.

China is controlled by the Communist Party. Ostensibly, political power resides in the 3,000-member National People’s Congress. But the Congress is a rubber stamp. In reality, power is exercised by a 9-member standing committee of the CCP politburo. In other words, 9 individuals decide the fate of 1.2 billion people.

The New York Times — never known for hard-line foreign-policy positions — says of China’s current leader, Hu Jintao, that he “governs sternly and secretly, almost never grants interviews, and has overseen an unrelenting crackdown on journalists, lawyers, and religious leaders who defy one-party rule.”

  • In its latest report, Freedom House observes, “The Chinese government continued to restrict political rights and repress critics of the regime in 2005. Restrictions on communications became more severe.” Also, Freedom House notes, “The Chinese state closely monitors political activity and uses vaguely worded national security regulations to justify detainment or imprisonment of those who are politically active without party approval.”
  • In 2003, Amnesty International reported that in Chinese prisons, “Torture and ill treatment remained widespread … . Common methods included kicking, beating, electric shocks, suspension by the arms, shackling in painful positions, and sleep and food deprivation. Women in detention were vulnerable to rape and sexual abuse.”
  • In China, there are over 1,000 “re-education-through-labor” camps scattered about the country.
  • There are credible reports of organ harvesting from executed prisoners.
  • In the People’s Republic, no fewer than 65 offenses carry the death penalty.
  • China’s one-child-per-family policy has led to forced abortions, infanticide and a booming sex industry.
  • Former CIA Director James Woolsey describes China as “the worst of the worst” dictatorships.

The communist regime has a morbid fear of opposition to its authority and the independent institutions from which such opposition could arise.

In China, all media are state-owned. There are no independent labor unions. The judiciary is a handmaiden of the regime. In politically sensitive cases, verdicts are directed by the Party. Religions not controlled by the regime are harassed or suppressed — witness the home-church movement and the Falun Gong.

Beijing regularly blocks websites it deems subversive. In 2005, the government shut down over a quarter of the nation’s 573,755 websites.

The same mentality that sent tanks rolling over demonstrators in Tiananmen Square 18 years ago (killing more than 3,000) continues to guide policy toward dissent.

According to Beijing, there were over 87,000 incidents which it terms “public order disturbances” in 2005, up 6.6% from the previous year. These range from scuffles with police to mass protests over land confiscation.

  • In a demonstration last July, in a suburb of Hangzhou, riot police used electric batons to break-up a crowd of 3,000 Christians protesting the demolition of a home church.
  • Last January, as many as 10,000 riot police were deployed in the village of Panlong in Guagdong province to counter a protest over the confiscation of land for a factory. At least 60 villagers were wounded and a 13-year-old girl was killed.
  • In December, 2005 as many as 30 were killed in the village of Donzhou, when security forces fired into a crowd protesting the decision to locate a coal-fired power plant in their midst.
  • In China, you can go to jail for taking part in a demonstration, for applying for a permit to hold a demonstration, for reporting on a demonstration, for posting information about a demonstration on the Internet and — if you’re an attorney — for representing someone arrested at a demonstration.
  • Last year, a former garment worker at a plant in Shandong province was sentenced to 5 years in prison for trying to collect wages owed to him by a bankrupt state company. You can imagine the punishment for those who really get out of line.

Now, multiply all of this by hundreds of thousands and you begin to have an idea of the status of human rights in the People Republic.

The shimmering skyscrapers of Shanghai, the Western hotels in Beijing and the myriad products rolling off Chinese assembly lines to eventually find their way into American homes often obscure this grim reality.

In 1949, political power was seized with a gun. (Was it not Mao who said power comes from the barrel of a gun?) In China today, political power is literally maintained at gun-point.

America has a government. Britain has a government. Taiwan has a government. China has a regime. The only difference between the Chinese Communist Party and the Mafia is that the former is more successful at what it does, while the latter lacks an ideological rationale for its crimes.

Ergo, totalitarianism must be the starting point in any discussion of China. This is so because totalitarian regimes are inherently unstable. Totalitarian regimes are paranoid. Totalitarian regimes are expansionist. And totalitarian regimes require external enemies. (Extract)

( Look at the whole speech here; About Don Feder )

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Editorial: 9 Channels of Distortion, From China, to Canada

Posted by Author on January 13, 2007


Editorial, The Asian Pacific Post, Canada, Friday, Jan. 12, 2007-

Over Christmas and without much ado, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), our guardian of the airwaves, approved nine Chinese state-run television networks to broadcast their shows in Canada.

The networks called the “Great Wall package” are wholly-owned by China Central Television, the main state-run television network in China.

The nine channels will carry news, sports, and entertainment programming in several Chinese dialects to capitalize on Canada’s rapidly growing Chinese-speaking market.

The networks’ journalists and producers are overseen in China by the China Radio Film and Television Group, which describes itself as “an important mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Central Committee, an important cultural battlefield for the CCP and our country.”

As such these channels give voice to Beijing’s defamation of the Dalai Lama, why China should rule democratic Taiwan, attack Falun Gong practitioners as members of an evil cult and promote the defiance of the Vatican in the middle kingdom.

China-state run media is also infamous for its reality-deficient reports laden with political prejudice.

Remember how China suppressed the outbreak of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) epidemic in the summer of 2003, which killed 800 people around the world, including 44 in Toronto.

In June 2005, the Publicity Department of the Communist Party told China Central Television, which owns the nine stations given the green light by CRTC, that national press must “communicate” with officials in the area being investigated and inform them of the content of the critical reporting before publishing the article or airing the programme.

Chinese television news producers were also instructed to highlight the positive. Even in exposés on corruption, they must emphasise that the sleaze was an exception while the overwhelming majority of officials had high moral standards.

This simply means there will be no coverage by these channels on China’s lack of accountability or the destruction of its environment.

Don’t expect news on the air pollution that kills 400,000 people a year, chemical spills that contaminate rivers or that 660 Chinese cities face extreme water shortages.

What you will get is the Communist party’s version that will paint the internationally acclaimed human rights advocate as corrupt or the whistleblower as being an agent for a foreign government.

You will be force fed views that the individual being detained without trial for years in a Chinese labour camp is a terrorist.

You will be told that nothing untoward happened in Tiananmen Square, there is no cultural genocide in Tibet, Taiwan is a rebel province and there is no widespread torture and killing of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners in China.

The core mandate of CRTC is to ensure that what is broadcast in Canada reflects Canadian identity, attitudes and opinions.

Maybe the CRTC can tell us when the suppression and distortion of news became a Canadian value.

The Chinese ambassador to Canada, Shumin Lu says the nine new channels would “help diversify the cultural life of the Canadian people.”

We say thanks but no thanks.

original article: Editorial: Channels of distortion, The Asian Pacific Post

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China ‘Anti-terror’ Raid Kills 18 Uighur Muslim in Xinjiang

Posted by Author on January 9, 2007


BBC News, Monday, 8 January 2007-

Chinese police have killed 18 people in a raid on an alleged militant training camp in the western autonomous region of Xinjiang, officials say.

One policeman was killed and another injured in the raid, which took place on Friday, a police spokesman said.

China is waging a campaign against what it calls separatist activities of Xinjiang’s Uighur Muslim minority.

The announcement came as a Chinese official denounced Nobel Peace Prize nominee Uighur activist Rebiya Kadeer.

Uighur activist

Ba Yan of the Xinjiang Public Security Department said that the training camp was located on the Pamirs plateau, close to the Afghan and Pakistani borders.

Ms Ba said the camp was run by the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (Etim), a group labelled a terrorist organisation by the United Nations.

“The police captured 17 terrorists and are pursuing a number of others,” China’s Xinhua news agency quoted her as saying.

Police seized 22 hand grenades and over 1,500 that were still being made, she said.

Xinjiang is home to eight million Muslim Uighurs, who are ethnic Turks.

Many Uighurs resent the large-scale influx into the region of Han Chinese settlers, and some groups are fighting to establish an independent Islamic nation, leading to periodic violence in the region.

Beijing accuses some groups of links to al-Qaeda, but human rights groups say the Chinese authorities are using the fight against terrorism as a way of cracking down on the independence movement and suppressing religious freedom.

Rebiya Kadeer, a business woman and campaigner for Uighur rights, was jailed in 2000 for “leaking state secrets” – passing newspaper reports about the Uighurs to her US-based husband.

On Sunday, Nuer Baikeli, vice-secretary of the Communist Party committee of Xinjiang, hit out at Ms Kadeer, calling her a separatist, the China News Service reported.

“To call Rebiya the ‘mother of all Uighurs’ is absolutely preposterous and… amounts to defaming an ethnic minority,” the agency quoted him as saying.

“The statements of Rebiya clearly show that she wants to destroy the peace and stability of Chinese society, this does not conform with the requirements of the Nobel Peace Prize,” he said.

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