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Petitioning village head allegedly held down by 5 people and crushed
December 25-26th, on many discussion forums and microblogs throughout the country appeared a piece of news regarding the traffic accident death of former village head Qian Yunhui of Zhaiqiao Village in Puqi Town of Yueqing City that incited many netizens’ speculation and discussion.
December 25th night, the Yueqing City *** Department issued an announcement that a traffic accident occurred along the Zhaiqiao Village section of the Yueqing City Hongnan public road. A construction truck with the license plate number K5B323 (delivering materials for the Yueqing Lingang Industrial Zone reclamation project) hit Zhaiqiao Village villager Qian Yunhui. When the police rushed to the scene, Qian Yunhui had already passed away. However, some netizens posted completely different information on various well-known discussion forums and microblogs throughout the country claiming that, on the morning of December 25th, Qian Yunhui was held and pressed down to the ground by 5 people along the Zhaiqiao Village section of the Hongnan public road. Then, he was run over by a construction truck, which was driving in the wrong direction. Photographs that were posted afterward showed that there was indeed a construction truck with the license plate K5B323, crushing a man over his neck, the man’s body lay underneath the truck’s tire, a scene too horrifying to look at.
December 26th, this Wenzhou Net reporter contacted the Yueqing City Puqi Town party office by telephone. A staff member surnamed Zhang told this reporter that he has already taken note of the information on the internet. “This is just a traffic accident, but there are people with ulterior motives who are trying to link it with previous petitioning.” He said that Qian Yunhui previously served as the “village head” of Zhaiqiao Village in 2005. Afterward, this reporter then telephoned the Yueqing City Municipal Party Committee Propaganda Department and Yueqing *** Department. Both departments stated that new information concerning this accident will be announced this afternoon. At 17:18, this reporter once again contacted the Yueqing City Municipal Party Committee Propaganda Department, but the staff memory stated that there no further news yet at present.
As of press time, speculation concerning Qian Yunhui’s death on the internet is still spreading. One netizen has posted a comment saying that “on the day of the crime, the surveillance cameras along that section of the road were dismantled”; Another netizen posted saying: “Qian Yunhui, in order to prosecute government officials for misappropriating 146 hectares of their village’s land, has been running around petitioning higher authorities [for redress] for six years, and has suffered imprisonment many times [as a result].” Even more netizens expressed that they hope the relevant departments will announce the results of the investigation as soon as possible.
Comments from KDS:
Looking at the photos and how the truck ran over [the body], it looks a little odd.
Sigh…there is nowhere left in this society to argue/discuss…may the entire family of the monkeys deleting posts all die…
This is the fate for the public servants who really work for the people.
A voice shouts: This is the fate for those who don’t listen/obey!
How can this be a traffic accident? If he had been hit, he would’ve been sent flying.
Seeing this makes me sad, a good person passing away like this.
The good and honest officials to be squeezed out are squeezed out, the ones to be crushed are crushed, and what’s left over everyone understands. So, don’t say that public opinion against public officials is a group beating to death one person, [because] preferring to wrongly kill a thousand rather than letting one go is the policy of TG [the government] against the rabble.
I’d find it strange if this kind of thing did not happen in the Heavenly Kingdom.
So horrific, [but] the result of the investigation for this will definitely be a “normal traffic accident”. There cannot be any other result.
Petitioning results in imprisonment? Which law stipulates that? Great, [are we] now immediately silencing people? White terror?
2011 January 7 UPDATE: A lot of discussion and additional information has resulted from this case. If you have not followed some of the developments from the above update, here is a small update regarding the question of whether Qian Yunhui was really murdered by people holding him down for a truck to run over, or if it was just an unfortunate traffic accident…
December 28th, Wenzhou police officials release investigation photographs from the scene of the Qian Yunhui case, and analyzed that after victim collided with the truck’s front bumper on his left side, his body fell onto the ground on its right side and was dragged and crushed to death by the vehicle.