Ringleaders Behind The Petitioner-Interception Event Escape Justice
In 2012, China’s first lawsuit from intercepting and detaining
petitioners got widespread media attention.
On February 5th in Beijing, ten accused offenders were all
given jail terms ranging from six months to two years.
However, the petitioners were dissatisfied with the verdict,
as the court ignored the ringleaders’ liabilities. They decided to continue to appeal.
According to Radio Free Asia, the petitioner victim were
angry with the verdict.
They felt it dissociated the defendants from the authorities.
Sang Shuling, one of the victims, said that the real decision
behind these interceptions is the authorities.
The judgment has sparked heated discussions among netizens.
A netizen said, “Whom did these mafia-style security guards
serve? Clearly, they worked for Henan local authorities.
And so, the criminal mastermind should be some officials.
It’s injustice of the law to neglect real criminals but only
punish the citizens who want to protest.”
Rights Activists Request Annulment of “Kidnapping Provision”
On February 4th over 20 rights activists across China went to
the Petitions & Appeals Office of National People’s Congress.
They called upon the Regime to annul the kidnapping
provision in the amended Criminal Procedure Law (CPL).
They held banners that read,
“Against CPL’s new kidnapping provision.”
“Restricting wiretapping provisions.
Assure human rights and freedom."
“Against new CPL’s provision of arresting citizens
without notifying their families.”
Voice of America interviewed Liu Shasha, one of the
participants and rights activist from Henan.
She said that the new CPL was abused in law enforcement.
Some rights activists were forcibly taken away
by the police for shouting slogans in pubic.
However they were charged with inciting subversion
of state power.
Some citizens threatened to ignite a gas tank in protest
against the regime’s forced house demolition.
They were accused of committing terrorist crimes.
Liu Shasha hoped that their action may encourage more
appeals to be made across China.
That is, urging local “Two Sessions" delegates to help
voice their demands.
China’s amended CPL stipulates that criminals accused
of endangering national security,
terrorism and severe bribery can be detained or placed
under residential surveillance for six months.
They do not have to notify families if this
“obstructs the investigation.”
China’s rights activists call it “kidnapping provision” or
“secrete disappearance provisions”.
Hundreds of Elderly become New Victims of House Demolition
On February 1st in a community of Yuci District in Jinzhong,
Shanxi Province, hundreds of elderly people knelt down to prevent local authorities’ forced house demolition.
These new victims were beaten in public.
Molihua.org reported that 200 special policemen besieged
the community, attempting to demolish villagers’ housing.
The villagers, composed primarily of the elderly,
were too weak to resist.
They knelt down to beg the official to keep their houses.
The officials felt nothing, but required the elderly
to leave within the specified timeframe.
The special police dispersed the crowds and wounded many.
Two people were seriously injured, and many were taken away.