采访/朱智善 编辑/宋风 后制/舒灿
Heilongjiang Peasants Start Campaign Calling for Dismissal of the Governor
Nearly 20,000 peasants from Hulan District, Harbin City
who had lost their land, recently called for the dismissal of
their governor, mayor, district mayor and head of the local court.
The peasants are protesting against the Chinese Communist
Party (CCP) government’s crimes of seizing land,
as well as the forcible demolition of civil homes, violently injuring
or even killing civilians during the past decade.
About 5,000 peasants had done the same in 2011.
However this time the protest grows massively in scale
and involves many more people.
Let’s look at the following report.
On July 17, nearly 20,000 citizens with legal voting rights
sent joint letters to local People’s Congresses of provincial,
municipal and district level.
The citizens are from 5 villages in Hulan District, Harbin City
of Heilongjiang Province.
In the letter, they request dismissal of party officials in
multiple-level governments and the head of the local court.
Gao Fengqin, petitioner representative of Hulan District:
“Village Limin, Jifa, Yutian and Yuqiang and Zhishui
Nearly 20,000 villagers are taking part in the protest."
Gao Fengqin, advocate representative of those villagers,
says over 30,000 peasants had lost their land due to forcible
home demolition and land seizure by local government.
Furthermore, over 1 billion Yuan ($160 million) of social
insurance funds that should compensate for land loss
is also embezzled by local CCP officials.
Gao Fengqin:"Every peasant should be given
34,000 Yuan ($5,481) as compensation for the loss of their land.
Over 30,000 peasants should be given
over 1 billion Yuan in total.
However, we have not been given any money
or social insurance. So we have neither cash nor insurance
Gao reveals that the government had also forcibly occupied
over 3,000 mu of woods without giving any compensation.
In addition, over 15,000 mu of farmland has been polluted
Even trees cannot live now.
Nobody claims responsible for that.
Gao says, for the past years the villagers had petitioned
up to the central CCP government, but nobody wanted to
touch the problem.
When they turned to file a lawsuit, even courts denied putting
their case on the record.
Finally, they have to follow the Constitution and request
dismissal of governor, mayor and other officials
for dereliction of duty.
Ma Bo, Heilongjiang human rights activist, comments that
the CCP’s social system is finished.
From local to central government, there have been numerous
cases of corruption and oppression.
Chinese civilians have to depend on themselves
to fight against injustice.
Ma Bo:"Oppression always leads to resistance.
How bad you are pressured, how much you are motivated.
Many people have to find a way by themselves
with nowhere to go."
Shen Futian, another Heilongjiang human rights activist,
comments that the provincial government is exploiting
civilians in an abdominal manner,
probably because the revenue cannot keep up with
their lavish spending.
The local CCP government attempts to reduce expenses
by combing districts and counties.
On the other hand, they seize land and properties
from civilians, without even trying to hide their acts.
Shen Futian:"Local governments cannot sustain
their costs with revenue.
Therefore they have to sell state-owned assets or
land to survive.
Our people say “NO",
but the CCP still seizes everything from them."
Shen says, years of petitioning experience tells him that
the truth of Chinese society is completely the opposite of
the TV propaganda by CCP mouthpieces.
The reality can only be described as “complete darkness".
Shen further comments that local Heilongjiang officials
mostly buy their positions, instead of being promoted.
Those officials are extremely corrupt and insatiably greedy.
They have spent a lot of money in Beijing and other places.
Shen says, many houses in Beijing are left vacant
because the owners are such local officials.
In 2012, a survey conducted by Beijing public security
department reveals that the capital has a total
of 13,205,000 houses.
Among them, 1,390,000 are rented and 3,812,000 are vacant.
Recently, a female netizen posted online about
how her father is an incorruptible official.
However, after using “human flesh search engine",
netizens found that her father had made full payment
on two properties in the center of Beijing,
with a total area of nearly 200 square meters.
He was also found to own a resort property in Dongdaihe,
and more than 10 houses in Shenyang.
In comparison with CCP officials who have too much money
to spend, many peasants who lost their land have to
borrow money to make a living.
In February 2011, peasants of Hulan District had started
a campaign to protect their rights.
Over 5,000 peasants jointly requested dismissal of officials
including their governor, mayor and district mayor.
According to Gao Fengqin, the peasants have been persecuted
more seriously because of their resistance in the past decade.
Gao herself was attacked by government-hired gangsters
and had her legs broken.
Another two petitioner representatives, Yan Yugang and
An Shoulin were beaten to death.
Despite serious oppression, the peasants show no intention
They are even preparing for a scholar seminar
to be held in Beijing this August.
Interview/Zhu zhishan Edit/SongFeng Post-Production/ShuCan