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The Chinese Pedicurist Who Struck Back

This is a really interesting piece from the South China Morning Post on a story that has captivated China.

Two reporters beaten as gag on case tightens
Pressure on activists over accused killer's plight
SCMP He Huifeng May 29, 2009
Two reporters were beaten in Hubei's Badong county as local authorities sealed off the epicentre of a scandal involving a cadre allegedly killed by a hotel pedicurist. Two reporters - Kong Pu from the Beijing Times and Wei Yi from the Nangfang People Weekly - were beaten yesterday morning by officials in Yesanguan town, according to media sources. They were interviewing a grandmother of the 21-year-old pedicurist, Deng Yujiao . The reporters were left bruised by the attack and both had their cameras smashed, the sources said. They were detained from 1pm to 5pm, and there were a number of security personnel monitoring their hotel after their release. Both reporters said they had proper media credentials.
A media gag was introduced by central government censors on Tuesday. News organisations were ordered to halt their reporting on the case and recall reporters from Hubei, saying the case was under judicial investigation. Deng's plight has sparked one of the biggest civil rights movements on the mainland in recent years as various groups showed their solidarity with her. Many netizens and reporters have travelled to Yesanguan to follow the case voluntarily. But a group of five women's rights activists who arrived in Yesanguan on Monday said the town was eerily quiet because access to it had been cut by local authorities.
"We were told by local residents that the ferry from Yichang to Badong had been suspended since Tuesday," said Zhou Li, one of the activists. "Every vehicle entering Badong county is being checked. If drivers or passengers are not locals, they are told to turn back." Ms Zhou said hotels in the town had been told not to receive outsiders. Some shops had even been shut since Wednesday.
"We've been followed by more than a dozen plain-clothes police since we arrived in Badong. Now, the electricity and water supply to our hotel has been cut off. They are trying to make us give in," said Ms Zhou. "Five Yesanguan officials, including the chief of police, came [on Wednesday night] and asked us to leave. They said they could not guarantee our safety if we stay here. We came here to show support for the powerless and anger at officialdom. We'll be here until the end."
The dead official, Deng Guida, the head of a trade promotion department in the town, reportedly demanded "special services" - a euphemism for sex - from Deng at Yesanguan's Xiongfeng hotel on May 10. In the presence of a subordinate, he threw money in her face and pushed her to the sofa several times before she stabbed him with a fruit knife. The subordinate was injured.
The reported behaviour of the officials sparked fury among netizens, and this was heightened when local authorities appeared to tone down the description of the officials' activities in a way that could see them avoid charges of demanding sexual services or rape. On Wednesday, Deng was released from custody and placed under house arrest. Commentators said the move would help to address public mistrust in the government. They also said the house arrest could be an indication of official back-pedalling from the earlier murder charges and an attempt to defuse public anger.

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cdav531 Author Profile Page:

A country with at least 4 times the population of the USA and probably closer to 5 has an economy a third its size or smaller and you tout that as a "miracle." Get a grip on reality. OK? What Party parrots like you always do is use "development" as an excuse for all the atrocities your government commits. I LIVE in China. I SEE what is happening here. The air, water and earth are all irreversibly fouled. Millions of college grads are working for years to earn diplomas that there are no jobs for. Folks with "guanxi" do jobs they are totally unqualified to do while others languish in unemployment lines because they don't have the right "connections." Petty local officials run their little fiefdoms with no accountability. You're right about "history." It will eventually tell a story about how China blew a chance to become a modern country by catering to the whims of the powerful when it had a chance to make itself better. The CCP will be the next "dynasty" to fall. And it won't be pretty.

yuan_zcen Author Profile Page:

How can a book reverse 20 years miracle?

A few days ago, the book ‘Zhao Ziyang secret memoirs’ was published in English and Chinese, encouraged the enthusiasm of western media. It obviously tends to credit the ‘democracy movement’ in 1989 and deny the Chinese way of reform and open.

However, facts speak louder than words. The fact that China has been developing excellently set their rumor in vain, though western media advocated the book.

After the Tiananmen event, China didn’t degenerate to the age of pro-reform as predicted by those so-called democratic heralds. On the contrary, China concentrates all power and spirit on economic construction in the 20-year stable period, and manages to make a miracle of continuous fast growth. China also makes lots of progress in political reform.

At this time, if we reverse the evaluation of the ‘democratic movement’, it will make disunities among people’s thinking and confrontations among social groups. Then how could China rise in such a situation?

No peace, no stability; No stability, no development; No solidarity, no power.

So, we hope those active media who advocate the book and the event can review history from an objective perspective, report the event with impartiality. Such a book cannot reverse the event, and cannot reverse China’s development.

yuan_zcen Author Profile Page:

Student peer in Tiananmen event: history will prove the party was right

I am a contemporary with student died in Tiananmen event in 1989, and I witnessed all through the event. Of course it’s not humane to shoot student, but is it heroic to kill PLA soldier? Soldiers are also born and raised by parents!

Students then didn’t know when it’s best to stop. They were used by Chai Ling, Wang Dan and other so-called leaders, but none of these leaders sacrificed as Tan Sitong and Liang Qichao, so well as the professor Fang Lizhi who runaway into embassy of USA. Recently, they even muddle among with those forces of Tibet independence, Taiwan independence and East Turkistan. We cannot imagine, how China would have degenerated and split if these ‘leaders’ had prevailed! But history cannot be assumed.

I lament the students laid down on the square, and I’m ashamed for those so-called leaders and professors! They should have died instead! They were the slaughters whose hands are dropping blood of students. They are the sinners of history!

History will prove everything eventually. Right and wrong of 6-4, at least result in a conclusion now: the handling of CCP was correct.

Anything must go through a process of chaos, and advanced to the right way by correct mistakes. CCP is no exception. It’s forgettable to make mistakes in the phase of time changing. Corruption is not exclusive in China. Every country, every political party in the world is the same, trying to rooting out corruption. Democracy also has its flaw and cannot be built in one move. It need a long term of development in China.

So, I personally think the Tiananmen movement, in the sake of anti-corruption and democracy, was a mistake itself.

cdav531 Author Profile Page:

Yuan_Zcen, you're either a moron, a Party hack or both. I get very tired of Tiananmen being compared to Kent State, for starters. Tanks didn't run over students there and there was never an attempt by the US government to squelch any and all public discussion of it. Some of the soldiers involved were actually put on trial and lawsuits continued, in public, for years and years afterward. I live in China and I'm disgusted by the flagrant government corruption and huge wealth gap I encounter every day here. I'm also quite weary of "the Party" heaping praise on itself for China's economic development. What it always conveniently leaves out is that the economy could ONLY go up after the CCP's leadership ruined the economy with its ideological infighting for 30 solid years. Of course you don't want to "discuss" Tiananmen. It might take you away from your important duties like chasing "xiaojie" around nightclubs.

yuan_zcen Author Profile Page:

June 4 is in essence a movement to seize power

Any protest will become seizing power movement when it developed to a certain degree. The most obvious sign is — riot and the intervention of foreign forces. A significant analysis must be done from the angel of national stability and seizing power instead of human rights. The so called human rights standards are inexistent for it is one hundreds years after Jefferson’s Declaration of the Rights of Man that the American women gain their voting rights.

Seizing the political power is the essence of June 4 event, it’s difficult to figure out this kind of protest. Similar events also happened in the American history, including the ‘Bonus March’ and ‘May Fourth Event in Kent State University’. The then presidents — Hoover and Nixon all chose to order the army to suppress without any concession, even though the protests were not so serious as June 4. The June 4 event has posed serious threat to the stability of state and regime, central government had no choice but called out the army. 20 years ago, I saw how a soldier was killed in cold blood by the protesters on TV. Obviously, it can’t happen in those western countries who advocate democracy and human rights, especially the US army, when confronting the same situation; the American soldier will open fire immediately, it’s impossible for protesters to approach them.

Democracy should be built on law. The correct process must be proclaiming martial law at first, if the situation were still can’t be controlled, then, call out army. Chinese government did it, but the America didn’t do that. They took action first and declared martial law later. Therefore, the Chinese government is properly in procedure. So, who is more democratic?

‘June 4 event’ has passed; there is no need to discuss it, learning a lesson from it is the most important thing. Many participants have understood that they were used by western, clamoring for democracy and human rights have nothing to do with the development of our country and the happiness of our people, development is the absolute principle. The only thing we need is striding forward. It is a pity that there is still someone who can’t see the power-seizing essence of June 4 event, how shameless and ignorant they are.

yuan_zcen Author Profile Page:

June 4 is in essence a movement to seize power

Any protest will become seizing power movement when it developed to a certain degree. The most obvious sign is — riot and the intervention of foreign forces. A significant analysis must be done from the angel of national stability and seizing power instead of human rights. The so called human rights standards are inexistent for it is one hundreds years after Jefferson’s Declaration of the Rights of Man that the American women gain their voting rights.

Seizing the political power is the essence of June 4 event, it’s difficult to figure out this kind of protest. Similar events also happened in the American history, including the ‘Bonus March’ and ‘May Fourth Event in Kent State University’. The then presidents — Hoover and Nixon all chose to order the army to suppress without any concession, even though the protests were not so serious as June 4. The June 4 event has posed serious threat to the stability of state and regime, central government had no choice but called out the army. 20 years ago, I saw how a soldier was killed in cold blood by the protesters on TV. Obviously, it can’t happen in those western countries who advocate democracy and human rights, especially the US army, when confronting the same situation; the American soldier will open fire immediately, it’s impossible for protesters to approach them.

Democracy should be built on law. The correct process must be proclaiming martial law at first, if the situation were still can’t be controlled, then, call out army. Chinese government did it, but the America didn’t do that. They took action first and declared martial law later. Therefore, the Chinese government is properly in procedure. So, who is more democratic?

‘June 4 event’ has passed; there is no need to discuss it, learning a lesson from it is the most important thing. Many participants have understood that they were used by western, clamoring for democracy and human rights have nothing to do with the development of our country and the happiness of our people, development is the absolute principle. The only thing we need is striding forward. It is a pity that there is still someone who can’t see the power-seizing essence of June 4 event, how shameless and ignorant they are.

cdav531 Author Profile Page:

Every time I think things might finally be loosening up here in China something happens to jolt me back to reality. For some absurd reason Hotmail is currently blocked. Could one of the angry Chinese, who rant about how wonderful the CCP is here on this board, explain that brilliant move to me?

alex65 Author Profile Page:

The exposure of this case and other recent cases tells me two things:

1. the central government wants to play more of "rule of law" instead of "rule of power" without a change in governing structure (i.e. one party authoritarian rule)
2. the Internet is increasingly becoming a critic of government policies while the "main strem" media is still tightly contolled by "the party"

Of course, any time the government feels any thread to undermine their authority, the "official media" is reined in. This is expected...it was just a great show of "party"'s concern...but "the party" has to be in control otherwise the chinese people would not know how to survive. Sadly this is an improvement and much more humane if you think the same "party" used the army to brutally quell its people in 1989.

After all, it's all about the "party".

bmwmc Author Profile Page:

Whats new here? Most of us got our first lesson in surface to ship missiles in the Falkland war. It was a French missile call and Exocet that reeked havoc on the British navy.

There are counters to these missiles the first being the destruction of launch facilities and structures. The first sign of deployment or first shot would be enough to "preempt" a strike.

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