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Great Quote From China-Police Overstepped Their Powers….

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 5, 2011

I really love living here, each day is something new and exciting. Take the following quote from the chinadaily, for instance. The background is that a guy complained about not getting paid and he was allegedly stuffed into an insane asylum for years becuase of this. Sounds pretty cut and dried right? Well in China, the ‘intellectuals’ have questioned if “the police overstepped their powers” in this particular case!

Hmmm, I am not sure how the typical Johnny Wang defines overstepping one’s powers, but I’d venture to guess that taking away a man’s feedom for allegedly alleging he’d been paid an insufficient amount of money for his labors and then thowing him into an insane asylum for years would probably be considered as the definition if not a great example of just what ‘overstepping one’s powers’ is. But then again I am just a novice in China and maybe some obscure chinese law etched in some ancient hunk of papyrus or rice grain endowed the leaders of the center country to give no more thought to the freedom of another living being than they would to a speck of dust on their thick Kim Jung Il glasses, but then again I really don’t know. I guess the only thing I can say is that imho the police may have overstepped their powers by just a few microns….
oh yeah, kudos to china for reporting it…

chinadaily from here:

“WUHAN – The story of a man who was allegedly confined for years to a mental health institution after he complained about being underpaid has led critics to ask whether the police overstepped their powers.
Xu Wu, 43, said he once worked for Wuhan Iron and Steel (Group) Corp and claims his ordeal began in 2006 when he approached his bosses and told them he had been underpaid for several years.
After his lobbying failed, Xu took his beef to the authorities in Wuhan and then to Beijing, according to the Guangzhou-based Southern Metropolis Daily. The paper said Xu was confined to a mental health institution on Dec 31, 2006, after Beijing police took him back to his hometown.”

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