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Beatings, Bombings and Death- News From China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 20, 2013

Here is a great summary from sinocism.com about this weeks partial death and beating count in China. King, you will enjoy this.


A man in a wheelchair detonated a simple bomb (Xinhua) Saturday evening in the Beijing Airport. He was injured in what was an apparent protest at years of failure to get a public accounting after authorities in southern China beat him into disability.

From the Telegraph’s explosion in Beijing airport as man appears to detonate wheelchair:

Ji Zhongxing, 33, from Heze in the eastern province of Shandong entered the main arrivals area of Beijing Capital Airport’s Terminal 3, wheeled himself down the exit channel for passengers disembarking from international flights, and started to shout and distribute leaflets to draw attention to himself….

According to his older brother, Ji Zhongji, Mr Ji had been working as a rickshaw driver in the southern Chinese city of Xintang when he was beaten by local police with a steel tube, leaving him disabled.

“We filed two legal cases against the police in Xintang but we never received any official compensation,” he said.

In 2008, Mr Ji went to Beijing to put his case before the central government, his brother said, but had been asked to return home and had not ventured to the capital since.

Pictures (Caixin) of Mr. Ji with his bomb, the explosion and the aftermath have been all over Sina Weibo. Many are sympathetic to Mr. Ji and are calling him a hero as he warned people away from him before he detonated the small device.

Sunday’s People’s Daily has a brief item on page two about the Beijing airport bombing–首都机场爆炸无他人伤亡–and Chinese media is all over the story (冀中星因不公待遇上访多年 东莞警方:不方便说_网易新闻中心 for example).

Injustices are not hard to find, but this week they have been particularly public. A watermelon vendor was beaten to death by chengguan (城管) a few days ago in Hunan Province, leading to an online uproar (New York Times) and the detention of six urban management officers (South China Morning Post) suspected of involvement in his death.

Authorities reportedly suspended the Weibo account (Telegraph) of Li Chengpeng, one of China’s most famous bloggers, after he published a poignant essay about the case. The Telegraph has posted the full translation of Li’s essay, excerpted here:

The watermelon vendor, Deng Zhengjia, lived in a mountain near Linwu County. He wanted to grow sweet watermelons, have a magnificent harvest, and sell his watermelons quickly, so that he could get home in time for dinner. This was his Chinese dream. He took great care of his watermelons.

Why didn’t you take care of him? Before we sit down to talk about the Chinese dream, you should protect a watermelon vendor’s dream.

Be nice to your people, and to your watermelons. Plant melons, you get melons. Sow beans, and you get beans.

Don’t you understand? Running a country, after all, is not so different from planting melons.

Li Chenpeng has far more depth, is far more interesting, and appears to be far more politically courageous than Han Han.

But the chengguan were not done abusing people this week. The official People’s Daily Sina Weibo account posted this item Saturday evening about Harbin urban management officers beating a watermelon vendor. That post has been forwarded nearly 11,000 times and commented on almost 5,000 times. Not only did the officers beat the vendor bloody, apparently with a walkie talkie, they also then attacked the local TV reporters who went to the chengguan office.

The local Harbin TV report 【新闻夜航】城管执法 记者受伤 , highlighted in that People’s Daily Weibo, is amazing, not just for the video of the beaten melon vendor and the chengguan officials attacking the crew, but also for the monologue by the news anchor.

China just entered the 三伏天 (dog days of summer) and things are already very hot.

The last issue of the newsletter highlighted General (Ret.) Michael Hayden’s comments about Huawei. The Huawei PR machine has responded, as quoted by Bloomberg:

“These tired, unsubstantiated, defamatory remarks are sad distractions from real-world concerns related to espionage, industrial and otherwise,” Huawei’s [Scott] Sykes said in today’s e-mail.

So will Huawei now sue Gen. Hayden for defamation? That would be interesting, and perhaps revealing.

Thanks for everyone who submitted content for the internship application. I will go through them over the next several days and reply.

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