Zhejiang Environmentalist Attacked in Home by Over 40 People
In his micro-blog, Chen Yuqian, a Zhejiang
environmentalist, offered a reward of 300,000 yuan.
He asked the of local environmental protection chief
to swim in a river to experience water quality.
On February 24, Chen Yuqian was
mauled by a gang of over 40 people.
On February 26, Radio Free Asia reported that
over 40 people broke into Chen Yuqian’s house.
They smashed furniture and
beat Chen for about five hours.
Although receiving the emergency call,
the police’s arrival was very late.
At the scene, the police just stood
by and didn’t stop the atrocities.
The report said Chen Yuqian’s daughter believes
that Chen suffering this attack has to be related
to his offering of the 300,000 yuan reward.
She said that the police did not
deal with the thugs afterwards.
Chen Yuqian was jailed in 2009 for disclosing
local severe pollution caused by a mill, which
was operated by local village officials.
After his release, Chen became
a victim of official land grabbing.
He has petitioned for years to the authorities,
but each time was intercepted or detained.
Stability Maintenance Escalates Ahead of “Two Sessions”
On the eve of the Chinese Communist Part (CCP) Two
Sessions, China has seen escalation of maintaining stability.
Across the country, large numbers of rights activists
were arrested, or had personal freedoms restricted.
64tianwang.com reported that the petitioners were placed
under local surveillance, and lost personal freedoms.
They include Huang Minju, a petitioner living Wuxi in Jiangsu,
Lou Lihua in Shanghai, and Ran Yushu in Chengdu, Sichuan.
In Hongjiang, Hunan province, 10 rights defender
representatives were arrested and detained.
A group of ex-soldiers in Changsha were held
in Beijing’s Majialou and Jiu Jingzhuang,
both of which are infamous black jails.
On February 25, ten petitioners from Fuzhou went
to seek help from the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.
They were intercepted and taken away,
their whereabouts are still unknown.
Civil Society Calls for CCP Officials to Declare Assets
Voices of civilians’ calling for CCP officials
to declare their assets are becoming louder.
On February 24, people across China
expressed their appeals in their own ways.
On the same day in Beijing, over 10 citizens displayed
banners, demanding CCP officials to declare assets.
They distributed an appeal letter and gave speeches.
The banners said; “Assets Declaration
is a Right Way, Denial is an Evil Road.”
“Assets Declaration is Practical, Denial is an Empty Talk.”
“Citizens Demand Officials to Declare Their Assets.”
Unusually, during the activity,
Beijing police did not intervene.
In Xinyu, Jiangxi Province, Diaoyu Island activist
Zhang Zhecheng, rights activists Wei Zhongping
and Liu Ping, among others, published articles on
the internet, calling for officials to declare assets.
All of them were subsequently intimidated and harassed.
The police broke into Zhang Zhecheng’s
house, forcing him to remove the articles.