采访/陈汉 编辑/陈洁 后制/舒灿
“Crush over Human Rights" Follows
“Crush over Humans" in Shanghai.
On the last day of 2014, a stampede accident took place in
Shanghai, resulting in at least 36 deaths and 49 injured.
Jan.6 was the “First Seven Day" for victims of the accident.
However, people only saw the Chinese Communist Party
(CCP) local government’s merciless “stability maintenance".
Families of victims were also prevented from getting in
touch with the media.
There are criticisms saying, crush over humans in
Shanghai was followed by crush over human rights.
This makes it hard for Chinese people to be
optimistic about the situation.
On the morning of Jan.6, metal barriers were set up around
Chen Yi Square at the Bund.
The barriers insulated the south side of the square where
the stampede accident occurred.
Hundreds of police guarded the square, strictly forbidding
civilians to enter the site.
Only families of victims were allowed to enter
under police guidance.
Police required families of each victim
to enter the site separately.
Each family was only given 5 minutes to mourn
and place flowers.
They were ordered to leave by officers immediately after
the given time was over.
There were family members of victims crying so hard
that they fainted on the ground.
These people were stretchered to an ambulance by medics.
In the meantime, the CCP also gathered all foreign and
Hong Kong journalists in a small area away from the square.
The move was to prevent any victim families from making
appeals to the media.
There was a family member calling journalists in the distance,
but she was soon forcibly taken away by police.
Fan Ping, wife of Shanghai Stampede Accident, “My principal
hope is that the government needs to give me an explanation.
My husband was still alive when being taken to the hospital.
But after 24 hours, we only saw his body in the mortuary.
Nobody in the hospital explained to us what happened
to my husband during those 24 hours."
A man from Chengdu, Sichuan Province told RFI that, victim
families are currently under strict surveillance by the CCP.
He said, “We live at different locations by arrangement,
and 3 people follow us wherever we go."
Zhao Chu, a Shanghai independent commentator, told AP
that, victims’ families talking about such a serious accident
could easily affect public sentiment.
“So, the CCP is making it a primary task to prevent victim
families from contacting each other or receiving any media
interview", said Zhao.
Zhu Xinxin, freelancer, “When anything takes place, the CCP
current ‘stability maintenance’ system never takes peoples’
feelings or opinions as the first thing to be considered.
Instead, they always worry first about stability of the regime,
or legitimacy of the party’s governance.
As a result, the immediate thing they do is block all different
voices, as the CCP is extremely afraid of any public resentment
that may light the fuse of social conflicts all over the state."
An FT report said, the CCP allowed most media to report the
However it forbade them to speculate about the cause of
the stampede, or any complaints from victim families.
Examples of “complaining comments" are the CCP’s failure
to prevent the accident, the slow response of emergency
services and the fact that families were blocked from
visiting victims in hospital.
RFI commented that, “crush over human rights" followed
“crush over human" in Shanghai.
The CCP showed how incapable and irresponsible they were
in preventing the stampede.
But by contrast, showed how skilled they were in blocking
information after the accident.
Zhu Xinxin, “The CCP is extremely frightened now.
They feel like any incident may become the fuse of
So the way the CCP is coping with the stampede can be read
as a signal of being insecure.
This exactly shows how weak the CCP’s ruling is."
Chinese Human Rights Defenders website (weiquanwang.org)
reported on Jan.6 that, Chen Jianfang, Qiu Pei, Wang Jianhua
and many rights activists were interrogated, abducted or
monitored by police when investigating the true death toll.
A family member of rights activist Chen Jianfang, “They
(the police) visited our home, saying he should not go out.
I know little about the details.
The police said people died in a crush on Dec.31 and they
planned to mourn the dead.
Currently there is little phone signal at our home
and you cannot call him."
According to regulations by Shanghai Funeral Administration,
all victims have to be cremated in Shanghai.
There are victim families revealing that the CCP was urging
them to cremate bodies as soon as possible.
However, victim families worry that there will be no
evidence left to appeal if they do that.
Tan Lanying, Shanghai resident, “The accident at the Bund
is very distressing.
Under the single-child policy, you can imagine how parents
feel after losing their only child.
The CCP is worse than a beast. They are nothing more
than villains, bandits and gangsters."
Apple Daily said, Shanghai newspaper published articles on
Jan.6 about mourning actions of the city’s CCP leader groups.
Mayor Yang Xiong also said “they need to look inward".
However, the cause of the accident is still “unknown"
7 days after the stampede.
On the “First Seven Day", not one CCP official went to
Chen Yi Square for mourning.
A mainland journalist quoted one CCP official, who revealed
that all Shanghai officials were required to say the same.
That is, calling the stampede tragedy “an incident" instead
of “an accident"; and
“The incident resulted from spontaneous
pushing and squeezing of the crowds".
Interview/ChenHan Edit/ChenJie Post-Production/ShuCan