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Southern China Shaxi Riots Escalates, Police Crackdown Ordered, 30 Died

Posted by Author on June 30, 2012


Security forces in southern Guangdong province have reportedly been cleared to use deadly force in an escalating riot in Shaxi township.

Hong Kong’s Apple Daily reports that paramilitary forces and police are to stop the riots and demonstrations that began this Monday with guns if necessary.

Migrant workers are clashing with local residents. The riots began after the son of a migrant worker was beaten by security officials after getting into a fight with a local boy. Riots have been escalating as workers from nearby towns converge in Shaxi. Read the rest of this entry »

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Flare-Ups of Ethnic Unrest Shake China’s Self-Image

Posted by Author on July 20, 2009


By Ariana Eunjung Cha, Washington Post Foreign Service, Sunday, July 19, 2009 –

YINGDE, China — Six weeks after a violent confrontation between police and villagers in this old tea farming region, Xu Changjian remains in the hospital under 24-hour guard.

After being hit in the head multiple times by police, Xu’s brain is hemorrhaging, leaving him paralyzed on the right side. He can barely sit up. Local government officials say Xu’s injuries and that of other farmers were regrettable but unavoidable. They say that villagers attacked their police station on the afternoon of May 23 and that the police were forced to defend themselves with batons, dogs, pepper spray, smoke bombs and water cannons.

The villagers, most of them Vietnamese Chinese, tell a different story. They say that about 30 elderly women, most in their 50s and 60s, went to the police station that day to stage a peaceful protest. Four farmers’ representatives, who had taken their grievances about land seizures to government officials a few days earlier, had been detained, and villagers in the countryside of the southern province of Guangdong demanded that they be freed. As the hours passed, several thousand supporters and curious passersby joined them. Then, farmers say, hundreds of riot police bused from neighboring towns stormed in without warning and started indiscriminately pummeling people in the crowd.

The violence in Guangdong was echoed in the far western city of Urumqi, when clashes between ethnic Uighurs and Han Chinese on July 5 killed 192 people and injured about 1,700. Both incidents have shaken China’s view of itself as a country that celebrates diversity and treats its minority populations better than its counterparts in the West do.

The incidents in Guangdong and Urumqi fit a pattern of ethnic unrest that includes the Tibetan uprising in March 2008, followed by bombings at police stations and government offices in the majority Uighur province of Xinjiang that left 16 officers dead shortly before the August Olympics.

Each conflict has had specific causes, including high unemployment, continued allegations of corruption involving public officials and charges of excessive force by police. But for the Chinese government, they add up to a major concern: Friction among the nation’s 56 officially recognized ethnic groups is considered one of the most explosive potential triggers for social instability. Much of the unrest stems from a sense among some minority populations that the justice system in China is stacked against them. In March, hundreds of Tibetans, including monks, clashed with police in the northwestern province of Qinghai. The fight was apparently triggered by the disappearance of a Tibetan independence activist who unfurled a Tibetan flag while in police custody. Some said he committed suicide, but others said he died while trying to escape.

In April, hundreds of members of China’s Hui Muslim minority clashed with police in Luohe in Henan province when they surrounded a government office and blocked three bridges. The protesters were angry about what they viewed as the local authorities’ mishandling of the death of a Hui pedestrian who was hit by a bus driven by a Han man.

“In the United States and other countries, if a few police beat one person, it is big news; but here in China, it is nothing,” said Zhang Shisheng, 52, a grocery store owner whose right shin and calf bones were shattered during the attacks. Metal rods now support his shin, and he will not be able to walk for at least six more months.

“I feel that Chinese cops can kill people like ants with impunity.”

Xiang Wenming, a local party official and head of the Stability Maintenance Office in the area of Yingde where the clash occurred, said that “if some violence happened, that is because some people didn’t listen to the police.”…… (more details from The Washington Post)

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Tens of thousands of Chinese fight the police in Shishou City, Central China

Posted by Author on June 22, 2009


By Malcolm Moore, The Telegraph, UK, June 22nd, 2009 –

It was a dramatic weekend
in the relatively small city of Shishou in Hubei province.

Tens of thousands of rioters torched a hotel and overturned police cars, accusing the authorities of trying to cover up the murder of a 24-year-old man as a suicide.

police cars overturned in Shishou City (from QQ)

police cars overturned in Shishou City (from QQ)

The deceased, Tu Yuangao, was the chef of the Yong Long hotel. According to the cops, he committed suicide by jumping off the roof of the building and left a note.

However, witnesses said there was no blood on the scene and Tu’s body was already cold just after it hit the ground. His parents were surprised that he left a suicide note, since he was allegedly illiterate.

There are plenty of rumours flying around – that two other employees at the hotel had died in the same way, that the boss of the hotel is related to the mayor of Shishou, that the hotel was a centre for the local drug business and Yu was killed for threatening to expose what was going on. There’s also a rumour that three further bodies have been found at the hotel.

There are more details and photos here (EastWestNorthSouth).

It’s a strange story, and it gets stranger. A huge mob, of anywhere between a few thousand to 70,000 people, depending on which report you read, quickly gathered outside the building to protect the body. Tu’s parents refused to let his corpse be taken away, claiming that it held vital evidence of the crime, and instead placed it inside the hotel on ice.

The crowd beat back waves of policemen. On Saturday, someone lit a fire inside the hotel, possibly to destroy the body, but it was saved.

Tu’s cousin apparently then armed himself with two barrels of gasoline and threatened to blow himself up if the body was taken.

The police restored order yesterday, imposed a curfew and took the corpse to a funeral parlour. There is still a lot of anger, however, and the website of the local government has been defaced by hackers.

What’s extraordinary is the speed in which the riot blew up, and the venom directed against the local authorities. Whatever was behind Tu’s death, there’s clearly something rotten in Shishou.

After months of calm, there have recently been a spate of riots being reported in the Chinese media, or on the internet.

Is this because media restrictions have been lifted, allowing news of riots to spread, or has there been a genuine increase in social tension in the countryside?

It is impossible to tell. China no longer publishes the figures for how many riots take place each year, but most people put the figure at around 80,000 and the vast majority go totally unnoticed.

The fact that there have been a dozen riots reported in the last couple of months may not demonstrate anything out of the ordinary. There is no theme that connects the recent protests – some are about property, some are work disputes, some are because of corruption.

But then again, a huge number of migrant workers are still out of work. Their factories have not recovered from the economic crisis. In the countryside, the harvest is finished and people’s savings may be running low. Perhaps the tinderbox is drier than usual.

UPDATE:  Overnight between Sunday and Monday over a thousand students rioted at Nanjing Industrial Technical School, smashing windows, television sets, their teacher’s cars and an on-campus supermarket.

A policeman was attacked, but the crowd was eventually subdued by hundreds of anti-riot police, according to blogs written by participants.

The students were enraged after being told that they would only graduate with a technical degree (the equivalent of high-school diploma) rather than the associate degree (just underneath a normal bachelor’s degree) they were promised at enrollment.

The Telegraph

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Hundreds of workers riot in south China over unemployment: report

Posted by Author on November 27, 2008


AFP, Nov. 26, 2008-

GUANGZHOU, China (AFP)
— Hundreds of laid off workers rioted in southern China amid a dispute over severance pay, smashing offices of a toy factory and clashing with police, state press said Wednesday.

The unrest in Guangdong province, the heartland of China’s export-oriented light industry, is the latest in a series of protests that have flared across the country amid rising unemployment linked to the global economic crisis.

The riot occurred Tuesday night in Dongguan, one of Guangdong’s major export hubs, after as many as 2,000 workers gathered to protest over their severance pay, the Guangzhou Daily reported.

“(Rioters) smashed one police vehicle and four police patrol cars… fought with security guards… and entered factory offices breaking windows and destroying equipment,” the paper said.

Five people were injured in the violence, it said, with the report also published on a news website run by the government. There were no reports of arrests.

The riot occurred at the Kaida Toy Factory, a company owned by a Hong Kong firm in Dongguan’s Zhongtang township that is in the process of laying off workers, according to the Guangzhou Daily.

The report said that up to 500 workers rioted, while 1,500 others “looked on.”…… (more details from AFP)

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(photos) Police beating villagers in northwest China protest

Posted by Author on November 23, 2008


From secretchina.com –

China police beating villagers (1) (from secretchina.com)

China police beating villagers (1) (from secretchina.com)

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China police beating villagers (2) (from secretchina.com)

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China police beating villagers (3) (from secretchina.com)

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China police beating villagers (7) (from secretchina.com)

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China: Large-Scale Multiple Protests Break Out in Beijing

Posted by Author on November 22, 2008


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Internet drives China to loosen its grip on the media

Posted by Author on November 21, 2008


Reuters, Via International Herald Tribune, November 20, 2008 –

BEIJING: The Chinese news media’s increased reporting of protests over land, labor and investment issues reflects an attempt by the government to manage the impact of bad news by acknowledging it, according to two people familiar with the decision-making process.

“The Chinese government has started to loosen its control on the negative information,” said one of the people, an academic close to the propaganda authorities who declined to be identified. “They are trying to control the news by publicizing the news.”

A Communist Party official confirmed that the policy on dissemination of news had gradually changed this year. “It’s almost impossible to block anything nowadays, when information can spread very quickly on the Internet,” said the official, who was not identified because he was not authorized to speak to the news media. “We also noticed that it will benefit us if we report the news first.”

The propaganda authorities have issued an order authorizing news organizations to report on unrest, rather than allowing rumors to take hold among Chinese worried about the effects of the global financial crisis on the mainland’s economy.

Strikes by taxi drivers and protests by newly laid-off workers have been reported regularly, as have riots in Gansu Province this week and a mass petition in Beijing. The shift, if it continues, would be a bold move for China, which legalized the reporting of death tolls from natural disasters only in 2005.

The Chinese media were allowed unprecedented freedom in the first week after the devastating earthquake in Sichuan Province on May 12, which killed nearly 70,000 people and unified the country over a dramatic rescue effort. But coverage shifted to accolades for central government leaders and soldiers as soon as questions began to surface about why so many schools had collapsed in the quake.

A blackout of bad news during the Olympic Games in August caused a lag in reporting about milk tainted with melamine that ultimately killed at least four babies and made thousands sick.

“The central government has permitted the local authorities to publicize negative news themselves, with no need to report to upper governments any more,” the academic said. “They have a principle of ‘report the facts quickly, but be cautious on the causes behind the facts.”‘

Official news organizations often lag behind reports posted on the Internet by bloggers and investigative reporters, and usually play down any elements that might raise distrust of the Communist Party, which values stability.

Thousands of people rioted this week over a resettlement plan in Longnan, a poverty-stricken region of Gansu Province where 1.8 million people were made homeless by the Sichuan earthquake. Protesters in Wudu, a city in Longnan, attacked officials and the police with iron rods, chains, axes and hoes and threw stones, bricks and flowerpots, according to the local government’s report of the incident.

Its emphasis on the demonstrators’ violence toward the authorities echoed similarly graphic denunciations of Tibetan uprisings in towns across southern Gansu in March.

Xinhua, the official news agency, made an unusual acknowledgement Thursday of protests in the capital, when it reported that nearly 400 people, angry at losses in an illegal Chinese fund-raising scheme, had gathered in Beijing. The petitioners gathered at the municipal government office Wednesday and left after “persuasion” by staff, Xinhua said.

International Herald Tribune

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China orders evening curfew and street closure to curb unrest after new riots

Posted by Author on November 21, 2008


By Ian Ransom, Reuters, Wednesday, November 19, 2008 –

BEIJING (Reuters) – China has told police to ensure stability amid the global financial crisis, while thousands of people attacked police and government offices in a northwestern city in unrest triggered by a plan to resettle residents.

After decades of solid economic growth, China is battling an unknown as falling demand for its products triggers factory closures, sparks protests and raises fears of popular unrest.

Rioting involving thousands of people exploded on Monday in Wudu, in Gansu province’s poverty-stricken region of Longnan, where 1.8 million people were made homeless by the May 12 Sichuan earthquake.

The unrest, which flared up again on Tuesday, saw rioters invade local government offices, loot equipment and torch police cars, though the incident appeared to be related to a local dispute rather than the slowing economy.

The Longnan rioting follows a number of strikes by taxi drivers and labor protests in the country’s major export regions, where thousands of factories have closed in recent months, prompting fears the global financial crisis could stir wider popular unrest.

Public Security Minister Meng Jianzhu said police “should be fully aware of the challenge brought by the global financial crisis and try their best to maintain social stability,” according to the China Daily.

State media said the riots were triggered by a scheme to move the government headquarters to a neighboring county, which would force local residents to relocate, and had prompted fears from some residents about future housing and livelihoods.

Youtube footage showed police struggling to restore order while being pelted with stones. Pictures on Chinese web portals showed columns of armed riot police sheltering beneath shields.

An uneasy calm had fallen on Wudu on Wednesday, after authorities ordered an evening curfew and closed major streets and local businesses, according to local residents, who said heavy-handed police had inflamed the riots.

“No one’s rioting today, the streets are all closed … People will be snatched if they go out after 10 p.m. at night, so no-one dares to go out,” a hotel worker who declined to leave his name told Reuters by telephone.

“Actually, there were only a few thousand petitioners, but police fired tear gas which made women and children sick. This made the others angry,” he said. …… (more from Reuters: China seeks to curb unrest after new riots)

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100 people arrested in Northwest China after riot over land dispute

Posted by Author on November 20, 2008


Radio Free Asia, 2008-11-19 –

HONG KONG—Police in the northwestern Chinese province of Gansu have arrested more than 100 people after thousands of farmers fought with police in the midst of protests over a land dispute.

“One hundred seventeen people were arrested at the scene [Tuesday] but no one was arrested today,” an officer at the Longnan city police bureau said in an interview. He also said some 200 police had been mobilized to bring the situation under control.

Witnesses said armed police were guarding government buildings, and local hospitals were treating an unknown number of people injured in the clashes.

The Longnan city Web site said police had used force to disperse the crowd as a last resort after protesters attacked police and officials with stones, steel pipes, and bricks, and set fire to motorcycles, bicycles, and buildings.

The official statement put the size of the crowd at 1,000 but numerous witnesses said it was many times that number.

A resident surnamed Zhou said he had seen about a dozen vehicles transporting armed police to the area, who then searched and arrested more than 100 people.

A farmer, also surnamed Zhou, said shops in Wu Du district were closed for a second day on Wednesday.

“When I went out to the street this morning, all the shops were closed. There were six or seven farmers walking by the street, and then suddenly the police were beating them up and taking them away,” she said.

“Very few pedestrians are walking on the street. It’s like a ghost town,” she said, adding that police were checking identification papers of anyone trying to travel to neighboring areas.

Police deployed

After farmers from Dongjiang township gathered around local Communist Party headquarters for a second day, authorities deployed Longnan city police to quell crowds angered by the compensation they were offered for their land.

Witnesses said police used batons and tear-gas to quell the riot, in which the city Web site said farmers attacked officials and set fire to property.

Another farmer surnamed Zhou who took part in the protest said demonstrators were angered over their treatment by police removing them from a building site on Nov. 17, prompting a larger crowd to return the next day……. (more details from Radio Free Asia)

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Thousands of Protestors Overrun Communist Office in Northwest China

Posted by Author on November 18, 2008


By Samuel Spencer, Epoch Times Staff, Nov 18, 2008 –

People watch armed police from the side of the street. (The Epoch Times)

People watch armed police from the side of the street. (The Epoch Times)

Between 2,000 and 10,000 people protested and attacked a Communist Party office in Gansu province of Northwest China early Tuesday. 60 people were reported to have been hurt in the protests.

The numbers of protestors varied in reports —state-run media reported 2,000 protestors, and various online blogs reported that close to 10,000 people had been protesting.

The riots are believed to have occurred due to the regime’s decision to move its offices at the city of Longnan to another city. One blog reported that the move had resulted in the termination of housing construction for thousands of families who had been affected in the Sichuan earthquake. The May earthquake killed 275 people in Longnan and destroyed many houses.

State-run media reported that 30 residents had gathered on Monday to protest the reallocation of the office, but that the number had quickly grown.

The violence is only the latest of numerous angry protests that have broken out against the ruling Chinese Communist Party.

In recent weeks, numerous protests by disgruntled taxi drivers have broken out across the country, especially in Chongqing. The taxi driver protests were prompted by what many believe to be collusion between the regime and fleet owners to let taxi drivers bear the brunt of the fallout from low fares and rising costs.

In June, 30,000 people rioted outside the Party office in Guizhou province, setting fire to government vehicles after a local girl’s death. The death of the 15-year-old girl, who had been raped and murdered, was widely rumored to have been covered up by police and government officials.

The Chinese Communist Party has often used a growing economy to offset questions about its human rights records and its iron-fisted rule, but the recent economic downturn is now testing the limits of how far free expression can go under the Communist regime.

The Epochtimes

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Thousands attack police in southern China: state media

Posted by Author on November 8, 2008


AFP, Nov. 7, 2008-

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AFP

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(Video) Hundreds Villagers Clash With Thousand of Armed Police in Southeast China

Posted by Author on October 17, 2008


Radio Free Asia, Oct. 15, 2008-

A new clash erupts in southern China over the value of farmland slated for development.

HONG KONG— Police fired tear-gas and detained more than a dozen villagers in China’s southern Guangdong province during a clash with hundreds of demonstrators protesting what they describe as inadequate compensation for their farmland, witnesses said.

A witness surnamed Li said violence broke out Tuesday when villagers from Guangning county tried to stop construction workers from filling in their farmland with soil for the building of an industrial park.

“Hundreds of us villagers tried to stop the equipment from reaching the farmland.  They mobilized more than 1,000 police and used tear-gas on us. The villagers were incapacitated. Then they threw rocks at the villagers and beat them,” Li said.


A video sent by a witness acting as a citizen journalist in Guangning county, Guangdong province (RFA).

Police moved into the villages and rounded up participants, he said. “The police have cordoned off the villages and many are unable to leave the villages. More than a dozen from Hebu, Chayuan, and Mabu villages were detained.”

Scores injured

Another witness, a woman surnamed Xie, said scores were injured in the incident, including many elderly villagers. “There were between 1,000 and 2,000 police. Many villagers were beaten,” Xie said.

“Villagers in their 70s and 80s marched ahead of the crowd. They didn’t want their children and grandchildren to lose the land. The police pushed them, they fell. The young ones went up to help them. And the police started beating people,” she said.

Ma Meiju, a woman in her 50s from Chayuan village, was beaten by armed police and admitted to Guangning county hospital for treatment, her son said.

When her husband, Li Hairong, and younger son, Li Jincai, tried to intervene, the two were arrested on charges of obstruction of official business.

“Three or four armed police pushed my mom down in the woods and beat her over the head with a wooden stick. They also kicked her in the stomach and the leg,” Ma’s elder son said.

“My dad and brother went up with a couple of bottles containing gasoline and were detained on charges of obstruction of official business. Who could stand by and watch when their mom and wife are beaten? Something is wrong with police beating a woman,” he said.

On Wednesday, villagers said hundreds of police remained on alert and were searching for three people identified as protest ringleaders, identified as Li Fujing, Li Qiaozhong and Lu Dahua.

A Dong, a resident of Cha Yuan village, said police had posted “wanted” photos of three people accused of “obstructing government work” and urged residents to share information about them. “We’re still wondering what crimes they are accused of committing,” he said.

Officials have warned residents that they must submit land compensation claims by Oct. 22.

Car torched

Villagers said that police had searched the home of one of the wanted men, Li Fujing, and that unidentified people set his car on fire. Another witness reported seeing four vehicles ablaze around 2 a.m. Wednesday.

“The fire broke out suddenly…Many people woke up and tried to put out the fire. There are many residential houses nearby,” one villager surnamed Li said.

Another villager surnamed Xie said Li’s home “was searched and somebody set his personal property on fire. I think they just want to smoke them out to turn themselves in.”

Checkpoints, phone trouble

Another villager surnamed Lin returned home Wednesday after leaving briefly to avoid trouble with the police. He said many villagers’ mobile phones weren’t working and police were out in force.

“Many armed police are standing guard at every entrance to the village and roadblocks have been set up too,” Lin said. “Passengers in cars are subject to ID checks. I saw hundreds of police just in our village—and lots of plainclothes police around all the affected villages. “

Officials at the county police station hung up the phone when contacted by a Hong Kong-based reporter.

“I cannot make calls to the outside, but outside people can call me,” one villager said. “And other villagers can  make only local calls. I first noticed this problem on Oct. 13.”

Villagers ‘causing trouble’

A Wuhe township government official who refused to give his name and job title acknowledged that efforts were made to expropriate farmland on Monday, that police were called in to maintain order, and that some villagers had been detained.

“On Monday a small number of villagers caused trouble. We requested assistance from police to maintain order. After the crowd was dispersed on Monday, the construction went ahead as planned today,” the official said.

He declined to say exactly how many villagers had been detained.

According to the Wuhe township government official, the industrial park requires the expropriation of more than 1,000 mu (67 hectares) of farmland.

He said the villagers had been compensated at an above-market rate and only a small number had resisted the land expropriation because of their belief in fengshui, an ancient Chinese system of aesthetics believed to create harmony through physical surroundings.

“The industrial park is a municipal-level priority project. The entire expropriation process was conducted in accordance with the law, but some villagers refuse to turn the land over because of their superstitious belief in fengshui,” the official said.

The villagers claim that they were only offered a one-off compensation scheme at the rate of 16,000 yuan (U.S. $2,344) for each mu expropriated. Many were unhappy with the offer and said they had signed several petitions during the last year.

Intimidation tactics

One woman, surnamed Li, said that the authorities pressured villagers to sign the land-sale agreement, and in late September even began to intimidate their children.

“The kids came home from school and said they were forced to sign statements vowing not to cause trouble. It’s the right thing to do for farmers to protect their farmland. We never signed the agreement to sell the land,” she said.

“But they carried out the scheme anyway. And now they are after those of us who petitioned our case. The people’s police [are] in full gear, including bullet-proof vests, and with police dogs,” Li said.

Villagers said that as of late Tuesday between 40 and 50 villagers were still under surveillance.

Some were taken away and their whereabouts are unknown. They said that when reporters from the Zhujiang Daily, a local newspaper, tried to go to the protest site, the trip was inexplicably cancelled.

Land protests spreading

Land disputes have spread across China in recent years, with local people often complaining that they receive only minimal compensation when the government sells tracts to developers.

In June, 900 vegetable farmers in China’s central Hubei province were involved in violent clashes with police over the course of ten days when authorities tried to seize their farmland for redevelopment.

The local government attempted to develop the land despite the fact that the farmers had rejected a compensation package that many said was too low. Scores of farmers were detained during the protests and at least one was detained.

In April, one villager was killed and five critically wounded when armed police opened fire on up to 100 protesters demanding a halt to the building of a mine in China’s southern Yunnan province.

Villagers had refused a compensation package offered by the mining company for the tract of land and were angered when the company proceeded with construction plans.

Radio Free Asia

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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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Riot police quell two separate large protests in China

Posted by Author on September 7, 2008


AFP, Sep. 5, 2008-

BEIJING (AFP) — China dispatched large numbers of soldiers and armed riot police to quell two major protests, officials and a rights group said Friday, in the latest public discontent to rock the communist nation.

In central Hunan province Thursday, 5,000 soldiers and armed police converged on a furious crowd of up to 10,000 demanding money back from an alleged fundraising fraud, the Hong Kong-based Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy said.

In a separate protest Thursday, up to 10,000 people gathered around a factory in the eastern coastal city of Ningbo after a young boy was injured apparently after being thrown out of a factory window, the centre said.

The organisation said in both cases violent clashes erupted between angry crowds and authorities, who carried out several arrests and left dozens injured. Local governments did not confirm this.

In Jishou city in Hunan, 50 people were injured in rioting and police arrested 20 people, the rights group said.

The Jishou government said in a statement on its website that armed police were drafted in to disperse the crowd, but failed to mention how many, adding no one was hurt.

Car and rail traffic, which was disrupted during the protests, had returned to normal by Friday, it said.

“The railway station is open today, but yesterday it was blocked by people,” said a receptionist at the Tianlu Hotel next to the station in Jishou city.

The local government said the people responsible for the fundraising company that sparked the protests, the Fuda Real Estate Company, were under investigation.

Photos of the unrest were widely available on popular web portals in China and showed a strong armed police presence standing behind shields on railway lines and on the roads.

Meanwhile Thursday in Ningbo, a crowd of 500 people demanding justice for an injured boy had swelled to 10,000 by early evening as demonstrators began pelting the factory with bottles and rocks, the rights group said.

The demonstration turned violent when up to 500 riot police arrived and began clearing the protesters from the factory premises, according to the rights centre.

Up to 20 people were injured in clashes, including a policeman, while police arrested 10 of the rioters, it said.

The government of Xiangshan county confirmed a protest had taken place and accused demonstrators of breaking windows at the factory.

The government insisted that the boy had jumped from a window after workers found him hiding in the factory, adding he was in hospital in stable condition with a broken leg.

Xiangshan police refused to comment on the incident when contacted by AFP.

The protests were the latest in a series of confrontations over social issues in China, where tens of thousands of riots erupt each year, many stemming from grievances over abuse of power, corruption or land grabs.

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

– Original: AFP

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20,000 People Protests in two China Cities

Posted by Author on September 7, 2008


BBC News, 5 September 2008-

The Chinese government is reported to have sent thousands of soldiers and police to quell unrest in the central province of Hunan.

Up to 10,000 people took to the streets in Jishou to demand money back from an allegedly fraudulent fundraising firm, a Hong Kong-based rights group said.

In another protest in the eastern port of Ningbo, 10,000 workers clashed with police, the group added.

Social unrest is common in China, but rarely on this scale.

Confronting police

The Hong Kong-based Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy said that, in both protests, violent clashes erupted between angry crowds and local authorities.

In Jishou 50 people were injured in rioting, and police arrested 20 people, the group said.

According to Xinhua news agency, the protesters blocked roads and trains to demand that the government take action after a fundraising company “failed to pay them back as promised”.

The Jishou government admitted in a statement that armed police were drafted in to disperse the crowds, but did not mention if anyone was hurt.

In the second incident, thousands of migrant workers confronted police in Ningbo to protest about the injury of a man in a local factory.

The protests are the latest in a series of confrontations over social issues in China – many of which stem from grievances over alleged corruption and local authorities’ abuse of power.

In June, thousands of people rioted in Guizhou province over claims that police had covered up the rape and murder of a girl.

– Original: BBC News

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China acts to preempt unrest as Olympics near

Posted by Author on July 2, 2008


AFP, Jun. 30, 2008-

BEIJING (AFP) — China has ordered local officials to head off any protests that could tarnish the Olympics, the government said Monday, after a violent riot by 10,000 people threw the spotlight on deep social tensions.

Local governments across the country were told in a weekend teleconference to go “all-out” to prevent regional grievances from escalating to the point that they mar the August 8-24 Beijing Games, various official accounts said.

“Ensuring a smooth hosting of the Beijing Olympics has become a battle that all (government) levels and departments must win,” said one report of Saturday’s teleconference posted on the government web site of Deqing city in eastern Zhejiang province.

“From now on, we must go on a war footing,” it added.

As the teleconference, organised by the central government, was being held, about 10,000 residents of southwestern Guizhou province rioted over the alleged rape and murder of a local girl.

Authorities have ordered those involved to surrender over the riot in Weng’an county, where government and police facilities were set ablaze.

Public anger was triggered by reports that local officials were protecting the suspect, who has been identified as the son of the county’s deputy chief.

Residents told AFP that order had returned Monday amid a heavy police presence.

China sees thousands of such outbursts each year as ordinary Chinese — faced with an unresponsive legal system, rampant official corruption and no free media — resort to street protests.

China typically cracks down harshly on such action and metes out stiff punishments for protesters.

However the nation’s ruling Communist Party has been desperate to portray a stable and harmonious nation ahead of the August Beijing Olympics.

Human rights groups have repeatedly accused the government of a massive campaign to quell all forms of dissent.

This has included the detention of thousands of people in restive areas such as Buddhist Tibet and Muslim Xinjiang, as well as the intimidation and jailing of dissidents in Beijing, the rights groups and other critics have said.

The weekend’s orders focused on the handling of the countless commoners’ petitions, which typically seek redress over injustices often committed by government officials.

The central government urged that they be handled in a way to prevent them exploding into large protests and to discourage petitioners from taking their grievances to the central government in Beijing with the Olympics approaching.

Officials should “earnestly solve the reasonable appeals of the masses,” said the government of the city of Anshun, in Guizhou.

However, another account also said local governments should “strictly deal with any unreasonable troublemakers or matters that disrupt the normal social order.”

The latter approach appeared to be have been taken in Weng’an, where more than 2,000 armed police have been sent to quell the unrest, the Hong Kong-based Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy said Monday.

It added that more than 300 people had been arrested.

The dissident website Boxun.com featured a photo of a public notice ordering those involved in the rioting to turn themselves in.

The anger in Weng’an was further fuelled by the death in police custody of the girl’s uncle after he protested the handling of the case, locals told AFP.

The state-run China Daily newspaper on Monday quoted officials as saying 10,000 protesters had taken to the streets due to “officials’ alleged attempt to cover up a murder case of a girl student.”

Phone calls by AFP to the local police station went unanswered on Monday.

Although numerous Internet postings on the violence were seen over the weekend, few could be found Monday. The government’s Internet censors typically block information on such clashes.

Original from AFP

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China Police Fire on Tibetan Protesters Again– in Sichuan Province, Death Toll Unknown

Posted by Author on April 5, 2008


Radio Free Asia, 2008.04.04-

KATHMANDU—Paramilitary police in China’s southwestern Sichuan province fired on a crowd of Tibetan protesters demanding the release of two detained monks, killing and wounding an unknown number of people, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reports.

At about 8 p.m. April 3, paramilitary People’s Armed Police fired on a crowd of several hundred monks from the Tongkor monastery in Kardze (in Chinese, Ganzi) and several hundred residents, witnesses told RFA’s Tibetan service.

The witnesses, who declined to be identified, said they believed 15 people were killed and dozens injured, with scores more unaccounted for as of April 4. Phone communication with the region was cut off after the shooting and no further information was available.

China’s official Xinhua news agency reported a “riot” late Thursday outside government offices in the Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture but made no mention of any deaths. It said one government official was “attacked and seriously wounded” and that police were “forced to fire warning shots and put down the violence.”

A source told RFA’s Cantonese service: “One monk has been killed, and seven Tibetans. Yesterday morning the police came to some Tibetan houses and asked them not to mourn those Tibetans who died in earlier clashes, and not to post the Dalai Lama’s pictures. Then they had a clash with the police. Many people have been beaten up and arrested.”

The unrest around Tongkor monastery—unaffected by recent unrest in Tibetan areas until this week—began after Chinese authorities tried to launch a “patriotic education” campaign there aimed at quashing support for Tibetan demonstrations elsewhere.

But when they tried to enlist the head lama, Lobsang Jamyang, on April 2, he refused, an authoritative source said. He is said to have told the authorities: “We cannot criticize the Dalai Lama, but I will discourage any incidents of protest here.”

He also pledged to consult with the roughly 400 monks in his monastery, calling a meeting at which one monk, Yeshe Nyima, said: “We cannot criticize the Dalai Lama, even at the cost of our lives.” The other monks agreed, witnesses said.

When Lobsang Jamyang recounted this to the police officer in charge, he replied: “We can use the challenge. Tell anyone who wants to rise up to go ahead and rise up, and we will crush them.”

The police also searched the monastery, finding and destroying photos of the Dalai Lama and taking down photos of the monastery’s previous head lama, Tongkor Shabdrung, the witnesses said. Police then arrested a monk named Tsultrim Tenzin, 74, and a lay person identified as Tsultrim Phuntsok, 26, witnesses said.

The following day, some 350 monks and another 350 lay people gathered to demand the men’s release. Officials told them to leave for 25 minutes and calm themselves, and the men would be freed. But the crowd refused to disperse, and at 8 p.m. police opened fire on the crowd at Tongkor subdivision, witnesses said.

Tongkor falls under the administration of Kardze (Ganzi) county, a part of the Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. Those reported killed in the shooting include three monks, Samten, 27, Lobsang Rinchen, in his 20s, and Zunde; a man named Phurbu Delek, 30; six women identified as Sangmo, 34, Tenlo, 32, Tsering Yangzom, Tseyang Kyi, 23, Druklo Tso, 34, and Tsering Lhamo; and a young boy. The other victims couldn’t immediately be identified. Two monks, Nyima and Thubten Gelek, were described as “seriously injured.”

Late last month, Xinhua reported that protesters in Kardze attacked police with knives and stones, killing one officer.

Stepped-up patriotic education has been ordered as part of a crackdown on dissent following deadly riots in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, which began March 14. Authorities say 22 people died. Other reports say up to 140 people were killed in the protests and ensuing crackdown.

A duty officer at the Ganzi County Religious Affairs Bureau denied that any unrest had occurred. “No. Just lies. Who said that?” the official told RFA’s Cantonese service. Asked why monks would have left the monastery, the official replied: “Who said they left the temple? No. Everything is fine.”

Calls to county government offices and the county police station rang unanswered.

An official at the Ganzi Prefecture Public Security Bureau told RFA’s Mandarin service: “I haven’t heard about this.” But a Han Chinese resident said the unrest had been broadcast on television, saying: “It wasn’t a protest. It was beating, smashing, and looting, like bandits. They couldn’t have fired shots—from what I saw on television, the police were very restrained, talking to them, advising them.”

The shooting came after nearly three weeks of violence and unrest in Tibetan areas of China, in which scores of people are believed to have died and hundreds of people arrested. The Chinese government has effectively locked down Tibetan regions with a massive security presence.

– Original report from Radio Free Asia: Chinese Police Fire on Tibetan Protesters, Death Toll Unknown

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Fallout From Tibet Is Test for China’s Rulers

Posted by Author on March 31, 2008


By Edward Cody, Washington Post Foreign Service, Friday, March 28, 2008-

BEIJING, March 27 — The riots in Tibet two weeks ago have turned into a major challenge to China’s leaders, whose decision to use military force and restrict media access has cast a shadow over hopes for an unblemished Olympics this summer.

The uprising in the remote Himalayan region lasted for barely more than a day. But it generated a worldwide swell of concern. Now, the Games — intended to be a festive coming-out party for modern China — could become a dramatic reminder that the Communist Party still relies on Leninist police tactics and Orwellian censorship to enforce its monopoly on power.

“This is exactly what the party leaders didn’t want,” said Li Datong, a senior magazine editor who was fired in 2006 after an essay in his publication challenged the party’s official history. “This has become a real headache for them.”

The fallout from Tibet has not subsided. In Ancient Olympia on Monday, pro-Tibet demonstrators disrupted a ceremony to light the Olympic torch. On Tuesday, French President Nicolas Sarkozy suggested there might be a boycott of the Games’ opening ceremony. And on Thursday, as Chinese authorities led foreign reporters on a tour of region in an effort to demonstrate that it had been tamed, a group of monks confronted the journalists, shouting that they were being denied religious freedom.

Criticisms of China on human rights issues have long been rife among foreign activists and some governments, analysts noted, but the Tibet crisis raised their global prominence just as the Olympic Games provided a ready forum to push the message. The protesters who disrupted the torch ceremony in Greece, for instance, got attention on a level that they could not have dreamed of before the riots in Tibet on March 14.

“The leadership could be riding a real tiger with the Tibet issue, in terms of foreign opinion,” said David L. Shambaugh, director of the China policy program at George Washington University and author of a new book on the Chinese Communist Party. “Various and sundry nongovernmental human rights activists smell blood, and they will all be using Tibet to press their causes as well. This will place unprecedented external pressure on the regime, at least in terms of public relations.”

As party chief, President Hu Jintao has the most to lose if the shine comes off the Olympics, along with his protege Zhang Qingli, party secretary for Tibet. But Hu’s likely successor, Xi Jinping, also has been thrust into the biggest test of his career. Elevated to the Politburo’s elite Standing Committee and dubbed Hu’s dauphin in October, Xi was assigned last month to provide overall supervision of the Olympic preparations being run day-to-day by Liu Qi, the Beijing party secretary.

Another newcomer to the Standing Committee, Zhou Yongkang, also has encountered what amounts to a baptism of fire. Formerly the public security minister, in October he became the party’s senior official in charge of security. Li Changchun, a veteran Standing Committee member, has played a key role as well, assigned to run the party’s propaganda apparatus. Curiously, he left for a visit to Mauritania and other Arab countries as the public relations crisis raged.

With Tibet unrest having seized the public’s imagination abroad, the Chinese government already has lost its battle to keep politics out of the Olympics, said Li, the editor. He said the government should brace itself for an onslaught of protests over Tibet, Darfur, human rights and other causes before and during the Games, both in China and outside.

“It’s over,” he said. “The Olympic Games have already been kidnapped by the Tibet issue.” The issue has become so huge, it has been mentioned in the race for the White House, he added: “Even Hillary’s talking about it.”

The party’s security apparatus — the Public Security Bureau, the People’s Armed Police and the People’s Liberation Army — have blanketed Tibet and other Tibetan-inhabited parts of China over the last two weeks. Chinese officials have voiced confidence that the vast deployment can smother what remains of Tibetan unrest in the days and weeks to come.

Given experience, there was no reason to doubt their word. But there is little they can do to apply similar pressure against protesters promising to disrupt the Olympic torch relay at its stops abroad.

Even in China, where authorities have vowed the relay will go on as planned, cracking down hard on foreign protesters — in view of legions of television cameras — would make a mockery of China’s Olympics motto, “One World One Dream.” Plans to carry the torch to the top of Mount Everest and display it on a run into Lhasa have become particularly difficult to execute without restricting access in a way certain to draw howls from foreign groups.

Already, Olympic officials in Beijing, fearing protests, have refused to reveal the route of the Olympic torch as it moves Monday from its arrival at the airport to Tiananmen Square for a ceremony marking the launch of its world travels.

Despite pledges to allow open reporting during the Olympics, Chinese officials have reacted to the uproar over Tibet mainly by restricting journalists and, in language reminiscent of another era, questioning the motives of critics. Qin Gang, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, said Tuesday that the protesters in Greece were “shameful” and should be feeling “remorse” for their actions.

By blocking access for foreign reporters and enforcing strict censorship in Chinese media, the government has to a large degree restricted the news about continued unrest in Tibet and Tibetan regions of Sichuan, Yunnan, Qinghai and Gansu provinces. China’s controlled press has stressed a return to normality; Wednesday’s People’s Daily showed Tibetan women practicing tai chi moves in the shadow of the iconic Potala Palace in Lhasa, the Tibetan capital……. (more details from the Washington Post)

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(photo) China Regime Implicated in Staging Violence in Tibet Protest

Posted by Author on March 29, 2008


By Qin Yue and Qi Yue, Sound of Hope, via the Epochtimes, Updated Mar 28, 2008-

Evidence is accumulating that the Chinese regime orchestrated violence in Lhasa in orderChinese policeman in disguise holding a knife to discredit the peaceful protests of Buddhist monks.

According to the Dalai Lama’s Chinese translator, Ngawang Nyendra, a witness reported that a Chinese policeman in Lhasa disguised himself as a Tibetan and joined the protesters holding a knife in his hand. This witness also recognized the man from BBC news footage and news photos provided by China.

A Chinese woman from Thailand (who prefers that her name not be used) was studying in Lhasa when the protests broke out in March. As one of her friends is a policeman, she visited him at the local police station quite often and got to know other policemen there.

(Photo: The upper portion shows the uncropped photo distributed to news media by the Chinese Embassy, with a Chinese policeman in disguise holding a knife;
The lower portion, the edited version of the same scene distributed by the Chinese Embassy after the man’s identity was revealed at a rally in Darmasala
/ from the Epochtimes website)

After the protests on March 14, she and other foreigners were sent to the police station where she saw a man with a knife in his hand walking in with some arrested Tibetans. The man later took off the Tibetan-style clothes and put on a police uniform.cropped copy of the photo released by the Chinese Embassy purporting to show a Tibetan with a knife taking part in a riot.

This woman was sent out of Lhasa with other foreigners the next day. When she arrived in India via Nepal, she recognized the policeman she had seen in Tibetan garb from BBC TV news and photos that the Chinese embassy had provided to the media.

Ngawang Nyendra said the witness was shocked when she saw the policeman in the BBC broadcast. She realized then that the man had disguised himself as a Tibetan in order to incite people to riot.

(photo: Cropped copy of the Chinese policeman that was released by the Chinese Embassy purporting to show a Tibetan with a knife taking part in a riot/ from the Epochtimes website)

The witness contacted a Tibetan organization in India and told them what she had seen. At a rally on March 17, the organization publicized a news photo originally provided by the Chinese Embassy in India in which the policeman appeared as a Tibetan rioter.

On Xinhua and other Chinese-language Web sites friendly to the regime, after the rally at which the witness spoke, the policeman in disguise had disappeared from photos taken at the same scene in which he had previously been visible. Recently, the original man-with-the-knife photo has returned to these Web sites.

Ngawang Nyendra said, “This photo with this man in it was sent by the Chinese embassy to BBC and Radio Free Asia. The other photo was sent out later. They are exactly the same except the man has disappeared from the second photo.

“From the TV news footage, you can see this man attempting to stab other people with a knife. But in later shots you can’t find this person any more. They were acting. After people raised questions about these shots, this footage never appeared on TV again.”

Other Evidence

The main claim of the dramatic story told last week by the Dalai Lama’s translator— that the Chinese regime incited the riots in Lhasa— has lately found corroboration from other sources.

There is first of all the Chinese regime’s track record of staging this kind of deception.

This is not the first time that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has sent policemen to act as rioters in civilian protests in Tibet to stir up violence and frame the protesters.

In his “Events in Lhasa March 2-10, 1989”, the Chinese journalist Tang Daxian revealed how the CCP orchestrated violence as part of a plan to suppress the 1989 protests in Tibet.

According to the article, “On the dawn of March 5, the Armed Police in Tibet received the action order from the Chief Commander of Armed Police headquarter, Mr. Li Lianxiu.…The Special Squad should immediately assign 300 members to be disguised as ordinary citizens and Tibetan monks, entering the Eight-Corner Street and other riot spots in Lhasa, to support plain-clothes police to complete the task.

“Burn the Scripture Pagoda at the northeast of Dazhao Temple. Smash the rice store in the business district, incite citizens to rob rice and food, attack the Tibet-Gansu Trading Company. Encourage people to rob store products, but, only at the permitted locations.”

According to the commentator Mr. Chen Pokong, “In this year’s protest, the riot scene was quite similar to that of 1989. A group of young men in their twenties acted in a well organized way. They first shouted slogans, then burnt some vehicles near the Ramoche Monastery, and then broke into nearby stores and robbed them, and finally burnt scores of the stores.

“The actions seemed well planned and coordinated, and were conducted with skill. At the crossroads near the Ramoche Monastery, someone prepared in advance many stones of a similar size, each weighing a couple of kilograms. These stones magically escaped the attention of numerous policemen and plainclothes agents who flooded the city.”

Mr. Chen’s account of what happened this year is corroborated by the British high-tech spy agency GCHQ, whose satellites observed Chinese police incite the riots in Lhasa, according to a report in the G2 Bulletin.

These accounts also help make sense of puzzling aspects of a report in the New York Times on the scene on the streets of Lhasa on March 14.

According to the NY Times, “Foreigners and Lhasa residents who witnessed the violence were stunned by what they saw, and by what they did not see: the police. Riot police officers fled after an initial skirmish and then were often nowhere to be found.”

“One monk reached by telephone said other monks noticed that several officers were more interested in shooting video of the violence than stopping it. ‘They were just watching,’ the monk said. ‘They tried to make some videos and use their cameras to take some photos,'” according to the NY Times.

The publication of the photo of the man with the knife by Xinhua and its distribution by the Chinese Embassy, as reported by the Dalai Lama’s translator, would be consistent with this monk’s observation.

Meanwhile, the Tibetans continue to assert that the Chinese regime has been hoodwinking the world about what happened during the protests in Lhasa.

30 young monks broke into a press briefing behind held on Thursday by the Chinese regime in Jokhang Temple in Lhasa. According to USA Today reporter Callum MacLeod (as reported by Reuters), the young monks shouted, “Don’t believe them. They are tricking you. They are telling lies.”

With reporting by Stephen Gregory and Hao Feng

– Report from The Epochtimes: Chinese Regime Implicated in Staging Violence in Lhasa—UPDATED

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RSF Condemns China’s Preventing Media Coverage of Crackdown on Tibetan

Posted by Author on March 17, 2008


Reporters Without Borders, 17 March 2008-

Reporters Without Borders today strongly condemned steps taken by Beijing to prevent media coverage of demonstrations and an ongoing crackdown in Tibet and in provinces where Tibetans live. Foreign journalists have been stopped from entering the province and tight censorship has been imposed on the Internet and in the Chinese press.

The authorities have since 12 March refused to grant foreign correspondents permits to enter Tibet and at least 25 journalists, including 15 from Hong Kong, have reportedly been expelled from Tibet or Tibetan areas.

“The freedom of movement for foreign journalists had been one of the few positive developments ahead of the Olympic Games, but this is now being flouted by the Chinese government facing Tibetan protests,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.

“Yet again the Chinese government is trampling on the promises it made linked to the Olympics and has preparing the ground to crackdown on the Tibetan revolt in the absence of witnesses.”

“Online censorship is also veering into racism, with comment items urging the killing of Tibetan separatists, while all independent news on the events is being censored,” the organisation added.

The authorities have refused entry to Tibet to foreign correspondents since 12 March and tourists are also being denied access, for security reasons, according to the authorities. One European correspondent confirmed to Reporters Without Borders that requests for permission to enter Tibet faxed to the Beijing authorities have gone unanswered. Officials responsible for giving permits for Tibet stopped answering phone calls from 14 March.

The Foreign Correspondents Club of China said at least 25 journalists, 15 of them from Hong Kong, had been expelled from Tibet or Tibetan areas, particularly Xiahe in Gansu province.

Jonathan Watts, correspondent for British daily The Guardian, was today prevented from going through a police check point in this border province. “After checking my passport, the police told me to go back and I had to leave the region. They had obviously expected the arrival of foreign journalists, because one of the policemen spoke English,” he said. At least six other foreign media have been forced to leave the regions where many Tibetans live. And Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported that foreigners were being refused train and bus tickets in Gansu province or to be allowed to stay in Tongren, in the neighbouring province of Qinghai, where large numbers of Tibetans live.

A few foreign journalists are still inside Tibet but are unable to move around normally because the cities are under police and army control. A reporter with The Economist, who is in the capital, Lhasa, had obtained permission to travel to Tibet before the start of the demonstrations.

The decision of the authorities to close Tibet to the press is in contravention of the rules for foreign media adopted in January 2007, ahead of the Olympic Games. And in an introduction to the “Guide to services for foreign journalists during the Olympic Games in Beijing”, the city’s mayor Liu Qi, wrote : “The freedom of foreign journalists to carry out their professional work, will be guaranteed”.

Nearly 15 Hong Kong journalists representing at least six media were expelled from Lhasa, accused by the authorities of “illegal reporting”. They were then forcibly taken to the airport and put on a flight to Chengdu in Sichuan province. “They were not very polite. They came and looked at our computers, searching for video footage,” Dickson Lee, a photographer on the South China Morning Post, told AFP. They had earlier got footage out of Lhasa of the riots which left nearly 80 dead, according to the Tibetan government in exile. The Hong Kong Journalists’ Association (HKJA) has called on the authorities to reconsider the expulsions.

The Chinese authorities also forced most foreign tourists in Tibet to leave the province. Some of them who witnessed the first demonstrations had provided photos and footage of the protests and the crackdown. It is more and more difficult for the foreign press to gather news, particularly about the hunting down of demonstrators because telephone connections have been cut in Tibet. Foreign-based Tibetan websites, particularly phayul.com, have posted a number of accounts and footage of the events, thanks to networks within Tibet.

The video-sharing website Youtube has been censored since 16 March after footage was posted of demonstrations in the streets of Lhasa. The message, “incorrect address” appears when anyone tries to open it. The Youtube videos are also inaccessible from the website Google Video. The BBC, CNN and Yahoo News websites have been regularly inaccessible over the past few days.

Anyone searching for Tibet in Chinese can see videos on YouTube.cn and on others web sites which are hostile to the Tibetans along with insulting remarks about “separatists Tibetans” which are not censored. Chinese video-sharing platforms, the most popular of which are http://www.tudou.com and http://www.56com, have had all news referring to the latest events deleted. On the other hand one can find news websites on which racist comments have been posted about Tibetans, calling for the murder of the “separatists”. Reporters Without Borders has been able to confirm that the cyber-censors have not been deleting them, although all messages referring to Tibet are undergoing advance filtering.

Finally, broadcasts within China of international television, CNN and BBC, were cut by the Chinese authorities on several occasions during showing of footage of events in Tibet. While official television has been showing only film of Tibetans attacking Chinese businesses, without referring to Tibetan casualties and the army deployment.

A disastrous state of press freedom in Tibet

Trying to get access to unofficial news is very hard for Tibetans. All media are controlled by the Chinese Communist Party or public bodies. A few underground publications run by Tibetans, particularly monks, are circulated secretly.

Chinese and Tibetan journalists in this Himalayan province are forced to comply with state directives much more than in the rest of China. Only articles on official religious demonstrations are allowed. Party members are to be found in all key posts of the administration and media in Tibet, ensuring there is no chance of any editorial freedom. Articles are submitted to “journalist-censors” before being published.

Radio Free Asia (RFA) and Voice of America (VOA), based in the United States, along with Voice of Tibet (VOT), based in India, are the three main radio stations that broadcast programmes to Tibet in the Tibetan language, but these programmes are systematically jammed.

Thanks to their acquisition of ALLISS aerials made by the French company Thalès, the authorities have been able to boost their capacity to jam broadcasts, particularly in Tibet. Radio Free Asia has as a result been forced to use around a score of different frequencies to try to get round this censorship. During an on-the-spot investigation in Tibet in 2006, representatives of Reporters Without Borders found that the Chinese authorities constantly tried to scramble broadcasts using thudding sounds and music. In Lhasa, RFA and VOT programmes in Tibetan were drowned out by broadcasts in Chinese. Many monks do continue to secretly listen to these broadcasts inside their monasteries.

The Chinese authorities are particularly watchful about Internet use in Tibet. Identity cards are systematically checked in Cyber-cafés and several websites and discussion forums were closed in 2007. One instance was the closure in December 2007 of the most popular discussion forums with Tibetan students (http://www.tibet123.com).

– Original report from Reporters Without Borders : Crackdown in Tibet away from the eye of the media in new violation of Olympics pledge

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“80 killed” in Tibet Protest Under China’s “rule of terror” — Tibetan Government In Exile

Posted by Author on March 16, 2008


BBC News, Sunday, 16 March 2008-

At least 80 people have been killed in unrest following protests by Tibetans against Chinese rule, the Tibetan government in exile says.

Indian-based officials said the figure was confirmed by several sources, even though China put the death toll at 10.

The Dalai Lama called for an international inquiry into China’s crackdown, accusing it of a “rule of terror” and “cultural genocide”.

Chinese troops were out in force in Lhasa, Tibet’s main city, on Sunday.

Hong Kong Cable TV reported that about 200 military vehicles, each carrying 40 to 60 armed soldiers, had driven into the city.

Loudspeakers broadcast messages, such as: “Discern between enemies and friends, maintain order.”

China tightly restricts Western journalists’ access to Tibet and it is sometimes extremely difficult to verify what is going on.

Bodies

The BBC has learned that troops in neighbouring Sichuan province have been recalled from leave and put on standby.

A 23-year-old Canadian student in Lhasa told AP: “The entire city is basically closed down.”

The Chinese crackdown followed rioting on Friday, that erupted after a week of mainly peaceful protests.

The Chinese official news agency Xinhua says 10 people died on Friday, including business people it said were “burnt to death”.

But the Tibetan government in exile later said at least 80 corpses had been counted, including those of 26 people killed on Saturday next to the Dratchi prison in Lhasa.

Other bodies were spotted near the Ramoche Buddhist temple, and near a Muslim mosque and a cathedral in Lhasa, said Tenzin Taklha, a senior aide to the Dalai Lama.

“These reports come from relatives, from our people inside and from contacts of our department of security. They have all been confirmed multiple times,” he said.

Deadline to surrender

The demonstrators, who on Friday set fire to Chinese-owed shops and hurled rocks at local police, have been penned into an area of the old town by government forces.

The authorities in Tibet have urged the protesters to hand themselves in by midnight on Monday, promising leniency to those who surrender.

Meanwhile, there were reports of protests by Tibetans in other parts of China.

About 200 protesters threw petrol bombs and burned down a police station in Sichuan province, a police officer told Reuters.

There were reports that officers opened fire on the protesters. …… (more details from  BBC News: ‘Eighty killed’ in Tibetan unrest )

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China Military And Tanks Open Fire to Protesters In Tibet, Many Deaths

Posted by Author on March 14, 2008


Radio Free Asia, 2008.03.14-

KATHMANDU—Chinese military vehicles patrolled the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, early Saturday after spreading anti-Chinese protests turned violent and an unknown number of people were killed and injured when Chinese forces fired on rioting crowds.

“The Chinese authorities deployed all military in the Lhasa area and sent tanks. There could be several hundred tanks and they were shooting into the crowds,” one witness told RFA’s Tibetan service. “They also fired several rounds of tear-gas.”

Other Tibetans reported seeing military vehicles but whether they were tanks or armored personnel carriers was unclear. Residents said Lhasa was under martial law, with protests erupting in other provinces, but officials couldn’t be reached for confirmation.

Witnesses reported seeing a number of dead bodies in and around Lhasa, but an exact toll was impossible to gather.

“We saw two dead at Ramoche temple, two in the garden, two at the Ganden printing house, and those Tibetans who went to take food to prisoners in Drapchi prison saw 26 Tibetans shot after they were brought in on a black vehicle,” one Tibetan witness said. “There could be about 80 dead, or more, but there is too much commotion here to give an exact number.”

Youths attacked police

“Several buildings owned by Chinese immigrants and Chinese Muslim immigrants were set on fire,” the witness said. “All those shops owned by Chinese were ransacked and burned. Tibetan shop owners were told to mark their shops with scarves.”

Another source said Ramoche monastery, which has about 110 resident monks, was badly damaged after Tibetans were found running in the area carrying photos of the Dalai Lama and shouting “Independence for Tibet.’”

Local police stopped them, but the crowd—including monks and youths—joined in and attacked police. “The local police didn’t dare take them on, and then the army was called in with tanks,” the source said.

The same source said four monks from Ganden monastery had set themselves on fire in protest……. (more details from Radio Free Asia)

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Workers Riot at Danish Shipping Giant Maersk’s Factory in Southern China

Posted by Author on January 21, 2008


Radio Free Asia, Jan 17, 2008-

HONG KONG—Hundreds of workers at a factory in southern China owned by Danish shipping giant Maersk rioted earlier this week, clashing with security guards and smashing property after a colleague was beaten for jumping a lunchtime queue.

“It is total chaos here. We don’t even know where to start,” a member of the administrative staff at Maersk Container Industri in the port of Machong, near Dongguan city, said.

“There are lots of broken windows. Wherever there was a piece of glass, it has now been broken,” he told RFA’s Cantonese service.

The riots were triggered by a dispute in the canteen Monday lunchtime involving migrant worker Zhao Hongwei.

Zhao said he was beaten by security guards after he refused to pay a fine of 200 yuan for jumping the barrier in the canteen.

Canteen dispute

“I didn’t have time to queue because [our shift ended late, so] we only had 30 minutes to eat, so I jumped over the barrier. The security guards saw me and called me over. They wanted to fine me 200 yuan. I said that was too much. So they just kept on upping the amount until it was more than 1,000 yuan,” he said.

“As I was leaving the canteen, they blocked my way and wouldn’t let me leave. They were waiting for me outside the door. They surrounded me and started hitting me with their walkie-talkies around the head,” Zhao said.

“I managed to get away, and then I ran back to the canteen and shouted ‘The security guards are beating me!’ They could see it was true because I was covered in blood by then. The workers were already very angry and they rushed to attack the security guards. The guards saw they were getting some makeshift weapons, and they fled.”

Zhao, who was taken to hospital by police along with an injured security guard, said the workers had been angry at pay cuts and demands from management for greater productivity and longer hours for a very long time.

After the police left, they starting attacking the main administrative building, smashing all the windows with bricks, Zhao said. Some reports said they set fire to the security guards’ office and their living quarters. The riot lasted into the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Local media reports said the workers were angry after Maersk adjusted the number of days off that they would have over the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday. The new system allowed workers to have five days off over the national holiday period, but only if they worked overtime during weekends prior to the holiday.

Employees argued that if they worked overtime on weekends, then they should be paid for it (and not given days off for a major Chinese holiday that they should receive anyway), according to a report in the Southern Metropolis Daily translated and posted on the CSR Asia blog.

Labor expert Han Dongfang estimates that strikes involving at least 1,000 workers occur daily in the economic powerhouse that is the Pearl River Delta, along with many smaller strikes……. (more details from Radio Free Asia)

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