Brutal Retaliation Against Petitioning Inspection Teams
While inspection teams stationed in many parts of the country,
a number of petitioners in Jiangsu petitioned to the
inspection teams, but were met with beatings by gangs afterwards.
Some were left with blood all over the body, some with
fractures, and some nearly died from the ordeal.
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The second round of inspections in 2014, started on July 29
with inspection teams stationing in 10 areas of Shanghai,
Shanxi and Jiangsu to conduct a two-month inspection.
Local governments are highly tensed, trying to prevent
petitioners from contacting the inspection teams officials,
even hiring gangs to assault the petitioners.
60-year-old Jiangsu petitioner Liu Tonglin, petitioned
to the Nanjing inspection team on Aug. 1, and was questioned
by local government on Aug. 12.
Liu Tonglin won a bidding in obtaining a local produce
processing plant, which was later illegally occupied
by local officials.
Years of petitioning over the loss of tens of millions of
investments have led nowhere.
Liu Tonglin: “I was driving and realized I was being followed.
I bought a melon on the way home, the car drove up and turned
back to stop in front of my car.
Two people got out the car and started to hitt me,
like you’d expect gangsters to.
I vaguely heard them say, “go complain and petition.""
Liu Tonglin told NTD that the two people were hitting him
with two wooden sticks about 80 cm long.
They hit really hard, like how the underworld people would hit.
Liu Tonglin: “They hit my head. I tried to protect my head.
I’ve got three fractures on my left arm, a broken left leg, and
the knee tendon was entirely snapped.
They intended to cripple me."
Liu Tonglin indicates an expert surgeon was consulted for the
surgery. It is said the leg will recover about 80 percent of function.
The report on 64tianwang.com, revealed how a female
petitioner from Jiangsu experienced a similar situation
on Aug. 11 .
The 73-year-old petitioner Liu Daolan has a comminuted fracture
( broken in several places ),
to her left leg below the knee and is currently being treated
in the emergency room at the hospital.
Liu Tonglin: “Her daughter was summoned to the police
station one afternoon but was found dead in a pit
the next day with unknown causes.
She continued with her petitioning but was later sent
to a mental hospital with false medical records.
She also went to Nanjing to petition to the inspection team,
but was hit right after she went home."
Liu Daolan’s son, Mr. Zuo, told Radio Free Asia that his mother
was beaten by a man in his 30’s.
She was mainly wounded in the legs and below the knees,
thankfully just out of danger.
A Human Rights Campaign in China reported, since the
inspection team were stationed in Nanjing,
local underworld gangs started to conduct illegal surveillance
on husband and wife petitioners Feng Zhiping and Zhao
Jinlan on Aug. 1.
On their way out to the local market on Aug. 8, they were stopped
by the gangsters.
Feng Zhiping was violently assaulted and his face was
covered with blood from the ordeal.
Other than being hit, there are also many petitioners being
intercepted on their way to visit the inspection teams.
Huang Qi, director of 64tianwang.com: “The complaints to
central inspection teams will expose the problems the officials
have tried to cover up.
Since the petition route to Beijing was broken, the complaint
to the central inspection teams is a taboo to local officials.
Many officials had previously been interrogated by the party.
They are already at risk. Now, they are fighting hard against
the petitioners to save their own lives."
Huang Qi does not believe the petitioners will be intimidated
by the gangs revenge.
Hung Qi: “This retaliation makes people realize that the
exercise of civil rights will meet strong counterattack by the
vested interest groups.
But none of these revenge attacks will have any fundamental effect,
because people will continue on with their fight.
This retaliation also highlights the seriousness of the
underlying grievances within society."
Huang Qi also indicates that even though the inspection teams
might pose as a deterrent to local corrupt officials,
petitioners around Chengdu expressed their disappointment after
talks with the inspection teams,
for their ineffectiveness on such issues.
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