采访/朱智善 编辑/张天宇 后制/钟元
Beijing Provokes Grievances During APEC Summit
Recently, the Beijing APEC summit became
a hot topic in all media.
However, the international community was shocked
by all sorts of bizarre security measures taken
rather than by the lavish Yanqi Lake Summit Conference
venue which consumed a massive amount of money.
Such measures not only disturb people to an unbearable
extent, but also the deceased have no peace.
There are an overwhelming amount of public grievances
which netizens summed up in one sentence:
“Vanity over money regarding diplomatic affairs;
money over vanity regarding internal affairs."
On Nov. 5, the APEC summit was finally held in Beijing
Heads of 21 member states including
China gathered for the summit in Yanxi Lake.
For the smooth arrival of this day, the Beijing authorities
not only spent a huge amount of money in building
the ultimate luxury lakeside venue, but also took all
measures to upgrade the environment and the security.
The notorious Beijing haze once again makes the Chinese
Communist Party (CCP) authorities look shameless.
In order to ensure that Beijing has blue skies during
the APEC summit, the authorities do not care
about the negative impact on the economy
and people’s livelihood.
Orders were given to stop manufacturing production,
engineering projects, small traders.
Vehicles used for travel were limited.
Mandatory holidays for government agencies and schools
Heating was postponed, burning coal for fire was banned,
milk delivery for some milk stations stopped, courier services
paused, and marriage registration interrupted.
Not only living people find it difficult to stand
such a disturbance, but also the dead are not spared.
According to mainland media reports, during the summit,
some sites outside morgues in Beijing will be banned
from holding funeral ceremonies.
All these disturbing initiatives have led to strong resentment
among the people.
All kinds of opinions are consistently aired
by netizens on the Internet.
The public are accusing authorities of desperately grasping
vanity and ignoring the livelihood of the people.
Beijing Petitioners Wang Ling: “Such a manner is too bad.
Foreigners are coming to Beijing just to attend a meeting.
I think it is a waste, a ruin, and has little consideration
for the normal life of Chinese people.
It is worshipping foreigners a little, it’s timidity.
You hold your meeting, I live my life.
Why do you want to disturb everyone
in such a way?"
In order to create the “scenic" APEC main venue, the British
Financial Times, citing local investment Promotion Bureau
data, reported that the government spent seven billion yuan
on reconstructing Yanxi’s surrounding areas.
A website tracking China’s construction industry estimates
that the total investment is five times the above figure,
that is 36 billion yuan.
The Washington Post reported on Nov. 4 that regarding
the matter of international prestige, there is no price
too high to pay for the Chinese government.
Beijing democracy activists Song Zaimin: “The Chinese
government would take the opportunity to promote their
so-called era of harmony and prosperity to demonstrate
their ‘economic development’ strength.
This is to show off their wealth, but also a manifestation
of squandering the taxpayers money.
Because so many people are still living below
the poverty line, more people do not have jobs.
Most of the lower class people are struggling to survive.
They are splurging the taxpayers’ money in this way,
and this will certainly cause a great rebound
amongst the domestic people."
In terms of security, in late September, the Security
and Supervision Bureau has begun to deploy the security
work for APEC Summit in Beijing.
A large number of police were dispatched to Beijing,
and the alert level has been upgraded to the highest
within 200 km around Beijing, helicopter patrols
in the air twice a day;
The APEC venue and surrounding area are full of heavily
armed plainclothes and armed sentry duty;
populated areas covered with dense traffic,
HD surveillance cameras; the security check
on passing vehicles and pedestrians has been
described as harsh to the extreme.
Beijing Petitioners Wang Ling: “Many guards are on duty,
many patrols and more armed police patrols with guns
at Beijing Railway Station.
There are too many measures taken.
There are very strict checks in the subway, and it is even
required to drink a little from the drinking water bag."
In addition, the Beijing police have jointly surrounded 13
provinces, Tianjin, Hebei, Inner Mongolia, launched, “circling
Beijing" prevention and control system, all-weather 24 hours
to keep tens of thousands of public security “alert status."
The suppression of dissidents
and petitioners is more harsh.
Wang Ling: “This meeting drives us “away from" Beijing,
and we are not allowed to stay in Beijing."
Song Zaimin: “The whole nation is shocked.
Such a measure is now being considered a collective horror.
I was also arrested a few days ago and just released
for coming back.
Now I cannot access the Internet.
My computer was also ransacked and taken away.
Without various rescue efforts of his family,
I was not supposed to be released until Nov. 20."
At the expense of the interests of many people,
Beijing can finally see the blue sky.
Netizens dubbed this “blue sky for meeting".
Beijing people expressed their mixed feelings:
“Only with the help of foreigners
can we breathe normal air in Beijing."
Interview/Zhu Zisan Edit/Zhang Tianyu Post-Production/ZhongYuan