China's Brutal Crackdown on Dissidents

Business as usual in the PRC -

[quote]China’s Brutal Crackdown on Dissidents
By Andreas Lorenz in Beijing


Fu Xiancai in a Chinese hospital: He talked and now he can’t walk.

China’s Communist Party officials are employing brutal methods in dealing with difficult citizens. The most recent victim of what appears to be government-sanctioned brutality was a farmer who suffered a broken cervical vertebra when he was attacked by thugs.

Fu Xiancai in a Chinese hospital: He talked and now he can’t walk.
Fu Xiancai, 47, is a far cry from an enemy of the state, as evidenced by the many portraits of Mao Zedong he displays in his house. However, the mustache-wearing farmer became a difficult citizen when he was forced to leave his village, Maoping, on the banks of the Yangtze River. Fu, like 1.2 million other Chinese, was in the way of a giant project, the construction of China’s Three Gorges Dam. The budding superpower hopes to derive much-needed energy by damming the Yangtze.

“We have nothing against the project,” Fu has said. “This is a good dam.” But he did object to the fact that the relocation compensation he received was substantially lower than the amount he had been promised by the state. Instead of about 20,000 Yuan (€2,000), Fu received only 7,000 (€700). Many other residents of Maoping had the same experience.

Fu traveled to Beijing 15 times to complain. Despite having had only three years of formal education, he wrote 50 written complaints to local authorities, but all were denied. After his efforts failed, on May 19, he voiced his opinion on the €20 billion dam in a story produced by German public television broadcaster ARD. That was when his troubles began. The local police chief, Wang Qiankui, had Fu brought in to the station and warned him against making any further contacts with the Western press. As he was walking home from the station, Fu was attacked by thugs who beat him so brutally that he broke a cervical vertebra and has since been paralyzed. Although there is no evidence that the attack had anything to do with Fu’s brief television appearance, some suspect that he was attacked because party leaders wanted to give the troublemaker a lesson. Fu had already been attacked and seriously injured one year earlier."

"In room number 7 in the hospital’s surgery ward, Fu’s wife and his eldest son, a law student in Beijing, are waiting for the patient, fresh out of surgery to the trachea, to be brought from the ICU to the fourth floor. Two plain-clothes guards sit in the corridor slurping bowls of instant noodles. A doctor tells Fu’s wife and son: “There is no hope that he will ever stand up again.”(story at link) … 51,00.html[/quote]
This article is not from Epoch Times.

China is a new modern capitalist workers’ paradise, shurely shome mishtake?

1949: New government; same old shit.

Sounds like par for the course in China.

Sadly I think this is yet another example of the madness running at the far edges of Beijing’s control. The central government is desperate to implement the rule of law, and are succeeding down this road far quicker than Taiwan (well, that wouldn’t be hard, of course). Unfortunately it’s business as usual for the cynical corrupt thugs and cadres further down the food chain. A few are rounded up and shot periodically, but like mushrooms in shit, new ones keep popping up.


filthy totalitarian dogs… yes, they are out of control, but is this really something that the CPC wants stopped? The “extreme” elements at the village level are just proxies for the central government, n’est ce pas? :frowning:

Why? What’s in it for the central government?


Didn’t it say he was a peasant? He must be a very special peasant to have actually received medical treatment. Usually these people just disappear. The centre’s attitude to peasants has always been “fuckem, there’s plenty of them”. Mao said as much to Nehru when discussing why he wasn’t afraid of Truman’s bomb. Back in the day, when the emperors wore better hats, peasants would be slaughtered by the thousand just to teach them a lesson. Tuesday? All the "Zhang"s today. No, "Lee"s are on Fridays. Do keep up.

Don’t forget this is a country in which for the last eleventy thousand years, the peasantry has been so utterly insignificant, so completely below the radar, that not one single history book EVER IN THE HISTORY OF CHINA discusses the lives of peasants. There’s your context.

China isn’t the only government in the brutality business:

". . . The body was then left at a local hospital with a certificate attributing death to “sudden brainstem compression.” The hospital’s own autopsy found that the man had died of a massive blow to the head. Another certificate claimed a 63-year-old prisoner had died of “cardiovascular disease and a buildup of fluid around his heart.” According to Miles, no mention was made that the old man had been stripped naked, doused in cold water and kept outside in 40° cold for three days before cardiac arrest.

Other doctors just looked the other way, their military duty overruling the Hippocratic Oath. One at Abu Ghraib intervened to ask guards to stop beating one prisoner’s wounded leg and quit hanging him from an injured shoulder. He saw it happen three times. He never reported it. In Mosul, according to Miles, one medic witnessed guards beating a prisoner and burning him by dragging him over hot stones. The prisoner was taken to the hospital, treated and then returned by doctors to his torturers. An investigation into the incidentwas closed because the medic didn’t sign the medical record and so he couldn’t be identified.

After a while, you get numb reading these stories. They read like accounts of a South American dictatorship, not an American presidency. But we learn one thing: once you allow the torture of prisoners for any reason, as this President did, the cancer spreads. In the end it spreads to healers as well, and turns them into accomplices to harm."

Chinese Generals talk about Nuking the US.
How come there is no outcry about that?
If that was Iran it would be all over the media and the loonies (up there with the muslim loonies) would be talking about turning the middle east into a car parking lot.

Oh, business is more important and the US is in sky high debt to the Chinese, so don’t talk about China.

[quote=“Huang Guang Chen”]Why? What’s in it for the central government?


I believe that the CPC would prefer to have critics hammered down; the unbelievable violence of this particular act will make would-be critics think thrice before speaking out.

Other governments also suppress dissent, but with a smoother touch.