Female Petitioner Locked Up in Abandoned Morgue for 3 Years

The abandoned morgue where Chen Qingxia is kept.

From NetEase:

After Being Reeducated Through Labor, Female Petitioner Locked up in Abandoned Morgue for 3 Years

According to a Voice of China “Newsline” report, city residents of Heilongjiang Yichun City Dailing District have recently reported that a woman named Chen Qingxia was kept in an abandoned morgue by the relevant departments for petitioning [to higher government authorities for redress, lodging complaints] year after year, her personal freedom having been restricted for already 3 years. In 2007, Chen Qingxia’s son disappeared during the chaos when the local complaints office went to Beijing to stop them and to this day remains missing, while her husband is currently living in an mental hospital.

The front door of the abandoned morgue.

In front of a row of old flat houses in Yichun City Dailing District, a white van without a license plate is parked outside, the front of the car facing the words such as “I beg for mercy” taped to the building’s windows. A camera is installed to one side of the house’s door, the rear window is sealed with iron bars, and a pile of muck has buried the lower half of the window. This is Chen Qingxia’s current residence.

Chen Qingxia in her wheelchair.

Through this reporter’s investigation, Chen Qingxia is paralyzed from the waist down, tormented by illness, and unable to take care of herself. Chen Qingxia claims that her 18 months of reeducation through labor already ended several years ago. However, not long after she was released, she was placed here, where it is very difficult to leave. As this reporter was interviewing her, there were people outside the door 24 hours standing guard.

Chen Qingxia is in bed.

Chen Qingxia has told this reporter that in 2003 during the SARS epidemic, her husband suffering from “post-traumatic stress disorder” destroyed a fence blocking a road. After the police held him in custody, they sent him to a labor camp/correctional institution. Yichun Correctional Institution granted the order to carry out his reeducation outside the camp for “having post-traumatic stress disorder” and limited responsibility ability”, and sent him back to the Dailing Public Security Bureau. Two months later, Heilongjiang Province No. 3 Hospital issued him a diagnosis of “schizophrenia”. Chen Qingxia says when she saw her husband, he had multiple injuries on his body, and was even more mentally deranged than before, and it was then that she began to petition to complain, hoping to get an explanation for his husband. In 2007 when she had gone to Beijing to petition [the central government] and was brought back [forcibly by the local government], she was reeducated through labor for 18 months. And in 2010, she was sent to this room where she now lives.

Chen Qingxia's son.

During the interview, Chen Qingxia told this reporter that in 2007, she brought her son with her to Beijing to petition, and as she was being picked up [arrested/abducted/kidnapped] by people representing the Dailing Complaints Office, her 12-year-old son Song Jide went missing.

The barred window of Chen Qiangxia's room.

Except for Chen Qingxia’s older sister coming and going every day to prepare meals and deliver medicine, the arrival of any other person always draws the attention of the people in the van.

Comments from NetEase:

实干兴邦0efcvb [网易广西桂林市网友]:

Whoever fucking says defend the Diaoyu Islands [aka Senkaku Islands] again, I’ll get rough with them!

实干兴邦0efcvb [网易广西桂林市网友]:

Brother [referring to the person himself] is jizz-shocked, furious!

依旧惘然 [网易江苏省南通市网友]:

Look at the piece of paper at the top-left corner of the door in the second picture, I’m speechless [It says: "The Party, my dear mother!"]. Who locked you into the morgue in the first place?

花开o [网易四川省乐山市五通桥区网友]:

“In a country reeking with sin, deceit and violent plunder are the law.” — Socrates

天下第一名帅 [网易江苏省网友]:

Why not stand up and fight?

秒男路过 [网易浙江省丽水市网友]: (responding to above)

Have you ever seen a pig put up a fight?
Pigs will only struggle when in the face of death!

网易江苏省宿迁市网友 ip:49.89.*.*: (responding to above)

There’s a line in the movie Der Untergang [Downfall], where Mohnke asks Goebbels what if the civilians would suffer mass casualties, Goebbels replies: “It’s their own choice, we do not feel sympathy for them. They gave us the power, now they are going to pay for it.”

Comments from Sohu:

新不了情53825326 [搜狐山东省网友]:

I advise our nationals to stop petitioning. Petitioning will only make you mentally insane [figuratively and literally in instances where petitioners are arrested and forcibly kept in mental hospitals], so just get a gasoline bomb and go settle things yourself.

天山来客41294916 [搜狐手机网友]:

Just what person in Heilongjiang Yichun City Dailing District did what thing that can’t be exposed? To be so afraid of someone petitioning to higher authorities that they would even be so cruel as to lock one up in an abandoned morgue for 3 years. So inhuman!! Is this still a society led by the Communist Party??? These people should be exposed and arrested during the current anti-corruption struggle [efforts], and lock them up in that morgue for 300,000 years!!!

最爱最爱47392664 [搜狐手机网友]:

Seeing this, I dare not imagine that our country is this dark.

搜狐新闻客户端网友[搜狐广东省广州市网友]: (responding to above)

Now you know how dark our country is, you are like a lamb to the slaughter without power. This phenomenon is so common, but just how many officials are punished [for it]? “Fighting corruption” is just empty words, just to fool the ordinary common people. Those who agree with me, ding.

已注销 [搜狐福建省泉州市网友]:

The government leader who gave the order to imprison her in the morgue should be locked in the morgue as well for 30 years. Under this kind of government system, the common people better live with their tails between their legs. [The system of] Petitioning is only a pretense done for the outside world, and whoever believes in it is a dork. Those who support little lady [referring to the person herself], add me [into your contact list].

搜狐新闻客户端网友 [搜狐陕西省安康市网友]:

Damn, seeing this is really upsetting. I bet her husband was beaten into becoming mentally ill by those dogs. Seeing his wife petitioning, they made things difficult for her everywhere, intercepting her, afraid their deeds will be exposed. If Bao Qingtian were still around, this case should be reopened and strictly investigated. Those who agree with what I say, ding.

晴空末岛51011426 [搜狐河北省唐山市网友]:

抓狂 Stand up, those who don’t want to be a slave! ~Build a new Great Wall with our flesh and blood! ~The Chinese nation has reached…&…&…

慕容子k [搜狐福建省泉州市网友]:

So this is our country’s “humane” law enforcement…? Even crueler than Japanese people. Japanese people killed Chinese people, but China’s law enforcement officials make your life worse than death. I dare not to imagine, that our country is so dark… those who agree, add little sister’s [referring to the person herself] QQ and let’s talk…

行者天涯25836755 [搜狐手机网友]:

In China’s 5000 years, this dynasty [government] is the most corrupt, the darkest. There must be retribution, heaven will not tolerate this!

行者天涯25836755 [搜狐手机网友]:

Since the Reform and Opening Up, darkness [corruption and injustice] has been incomparable. There must be retribution.

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  • http://twitter.com/RobertSothmann Robert Sothmann

    Petitioning? Why? SO that the complainers can be identified!!!

  • patko

    China will awaken just give them time and respect the process instead of constantly shitting on them.

    • mr.wiener

      Yes and no. Change can only come if it is seen to come from the Chinese themselves. However letting the Chinese govt ride roughshod over its own people uncriticized is what the Chinese govt wants, Gradual process yes ,but some pressure must be maintained so they don’t sweep everything under the carpet and disappear those who dare to complain.

    • vincent

      Do the events in this article seem like a resonable ‘process’ to you?

      • Alex

        At least, and I’m being ultra positive here, now we can get to know this horrible shit that happens.

        Of course it’s juts the tip of the iceberg.

        • vincent

          Good point, the thing about icebergs is that the majority of it is unseen, so who really know’s what other lunacy is going on with other unfortunate souls like this lady.

    • don mario

      how can u have faith in that happening? the things that have happened already are not enough to take a stand? they far crossed the line long ago. the people are forever screwed now.

      • http://sinopathic.com/ terroir

        Let’s just say “to be Chinese” is “to have crossed the line”. Like 2000 years ago.

        • don mario

          sorry i think i misunderstood your post and thought you were giving a postive message for chinas party and the future, lol.

          • http://sinopathic.com/ terroir

            But I am.
            *stares back unblinkingly*

          • don mario

            woops, got u confused with the other guys.

    • http://sinopathic.com/ terroir

      I wouldn’t call it that. The 2008 Olympics came and went and literally nothing happened despite the promises.

      I’d much rather be depressed with terrible stories like these than to falsely believe in the good-intentions of the official line that insists that “everything is getting better all the time” and “just like the Beatles song!”

      Breakdown: as beautiful as the dream is to be believed in, it depends on whether you’d rather listen to someone pitch it to you or see the reality of present with your own eyes.

      @46bf5bd167f9975578051f83be70c50a:disqus No matter what you believe, you are trying to sell it to us.

    • willie miller

      I give utmost ‘respect’ to people in any country who try to stand up for themselves in the face of totalitarian power. I don’t understand who or what else related to this article you think we should respect?

      • ScottLoar

        Of course China is not totalitarian. It aspires to be authoritarian and even fails at that. The authority of the central government – the Party itself – doesn’t extend far to disintegrate into local power. Every CCP Chinese leader, even Mao himself, understood the limits of the central authorities no matter how they try to increase it. The problem of corruption is seen as a local matter, an inability of the Party to control and discipline its own members, and the Party well understands the conduct of local authorities makes or breaks a region.

        “All politics is local” – Tip O’Neil, 55th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.

        • willie miller

          Fair point, the existence of widespread corruption does indicate a lack of achieved totalitarianism.

  • vincent

    Harmonious society my ass.

    • Gay Azn Boi

      Careful Vincent…you don’t want to bad mouth the great heavenly kingdom.

      • manofearth

        ohh how cuuute….. 2 lil sissygirlies finding each other -congratulations! so who of you is husband and whos the wife?
        ; )

        • vincent

          Why don’t you bend over and I’ll show you how much of a ‘sissy’ I am you lil bitch . ;)

          • manofearth

            hrhr u wish lil sissyboy – better ask ur lil man gay azn boy ; ) i m very sure he’ll do as asked from u – best of luck to both of you! hrhrhr

          • vincent

            Oh well at least I’m desired by both sexes you faceless bastard, let me guess you’ve only ever been kissed by your mum, tsk tsk I’m rather sure your best friend is a bottle of lube while your gf is your hand.

          • Gay Azn Boi

            I concur.

          • ManofEarth

            sweeeeet… hrhrhr

          • ManofEarth

            hrhrhr – congrats again lil sissygirl – go tell mummy u like to bend over for gab… =P

          • Guesst

            Y’know what’s really funny? If you were to ask just about anyone at my high school, “who was the most homophobic?” they would have answered Sean. Sean was like the CIA of homophobic people.

            “What are you? Some kind of fag?” were his notorious words.

            ’bout 5 years later, I’m hanging out at my buddy’s 2nd floor apartment, which had a fabulous view of the alley behind a Burger King. I look down from the balcony and what do I see? Sean… blowing some guy in the alley.

            I later found out he had become a gay crackhead prostitute. I actually ran into him walking down the street one day. He looked like crap. Even as I uncomfortably chatted with him, catching up, he made a comment at a gay couple walking down the street.

            “I hate fags,” he said.

            … I don’t know why I’m reminded by that story when I see your posts

          • ManofEarth2

            so u wanna cry now right? go on cry lil fagfriend.

            really interesting what ppl. do read into comments / especially when they dont even have read them… u go on telling others bout the homophobic prostitutes friends of yours… sad lil world u r living in…

          • Gay Azn Boi

            People who blindly hate homosexuals are usually insecure about their own sexuality.

      • vincent

        Heh It’s alright GAB seems that a majority of the population might actually agree with me :D

    • Dr Sun

      “Harmonious society” to the CPC means that the common people do as their told, don’t complain and accept without question whatever is done to them.
      Then it’s harmonious.

  • Slob

    I don’t get it…they imprison people for petitioning but worship a revolutionary?

  • DV

    The pattern of Chinese history keep repeating: degeneration, collapse, fragmentation, reunification. The British commentator Gerald Warner predicted this could happen before too long.

    • MrT

      Did he predict Britain will go belly up soon also?

      • Ick

        If he didn’t I’d wager he’s about the only Briton since 1938 who hasn’t.

        • starsky

          omar Shariff???

    • Dr Sun

      that’s what 5000 years of stagnant culture brings.

  • MrT

    Nice slippers,nice room,nice bed, got a heater.
    I take it she not paying rent or the bills.
    Looks like a good deal to me.
    I’m sure plenty would like such treatment.

    • Slob

      That’s true. What a waste of money to spend on one woman – Land space, paying the guards to watch the door, money for fuel for the van etc. They could fit like 4 homeless people in there or orphans comfortably and actually do some good with it.

    • http://sinopathic.com/ terroir

      No internet, can’t buy a new Wii U, the food sucks, and no porn.

      Inhumane.

  • donkeykong

    No freedom of speech in China !

    • Jing Li

      how did this story get in the Chinese news?

      • Archie

        It is probably on purpose. There have been official words about closing labor camps. This story is probably another pawn played in the battle to reform this part of the Chinese system, and remove some of the unchecked power of the PLAC.

        • Paul Schoe

          @Archie, interesting observation, indeed it will be fascinating to see if the new leaders can get more justice and accountability in the country.

          It won’t be easy; as the saying goes: “there are many mountains between here and Beijing.
          Luckily they now have bullet trains ;-) , so hopefully the rule of law will travel faster now.

        • Jing Li

          Point taken.

      • Warren Lauzon

        I suspect it was leaked by one or more of the official-in-charge’s rivals so they could step in and reap the benefits of CCP corruption for themselves.

  • Icky

    Peter Barefoot, while i appreciate that your Mandarin is surely better than mine, I have to take issue with the translation of ‘延迟性心因性反应’ to ‘delayed psychogenic reaction’. Such a condition or rather categorisation of a condition simply does not exist, therefore one cannot be diagnosed as having it.

    From reading a small sample of the literature on “延迟性心因性反应” I suspect it refers to a form of post traumatic stress disorder. If any of our Chinese readers are more familiar perhaps they can assist….

    • Xiao Long

      Get a girlfriend.

    • ScottLoar

      Putting 延迟性心因性反应 in the Yahoo search function immediately raises reference to the definition “post traumatic stress disorder”.

  • Jing Li

    Someone in the censorship department is in big trouble tonight

    • alwaysme91

      haha… Russel? is that you?

      • Jing Li

        Nope. The only Russel I know is Crowe. Not personally, but I’ve seen his flicks.

  • thmswhnr

    While I want to think it’s a good thing that several people said something to the effect of “if you agree with me, let’s be friends”, as it could lead people to unite and take a stand against this kind of thing, but I’m also suspicious. They could be agents trying to lure dissenters, a la the Hundred Flowers Campaign.

    • Nick in Beijing

      I had a similar thought.

    • Jing Li

      Excellent point. Even if this was the case, 31000 people have commented on this story on NetEase. The top comment is about the islands (fuck the islands, in ChinaSmack’s list). It has 7658 “like”. They’re going to need a bigger morgue.

    • vincent

      It is a good thing! At least they aren’t afraid to voice their concerns and it’s a wonderful thing seeing that most of them believe in having friendly relations with other nations instead of going to war over a bunch of stupid rocks, I believe it wouldn’t be a feasible option trying to catch dissenters in this manner.

  • http://www.facebook.com/noah.altman Noah Altman

    I wonder why anyone in China still petitions. It’s not like their grievances are ever redressed.

    • Archie

      Lack of real judicial system. No other avenues. Thugs running provincial and local governments. Their only hope being the well run propaganda-led national government. Obviously a hopeless situation, I feel sorry that this is their only option, don’t you?

      • starsky

        yeah America look at your future!!!

      • http://www.facebook.com/noah.altman Noah Altman

        It’s a pretty bleak situation, no doubt, but petitioning seems like asking the tail of a snake to restrain the head. It would be better to have as little interaction with the snake as possible, even though the injured will not be made whole. China does not abide by the rule of law, so one can only win at these conflicts with local government if they have really good guanxi.

      • Dr Sun

        the only other option the common people have is to fight, which many do, usually resulting in their death or , disappearance or re-education.

  • Archie

    I wonder if corruption etc is really the worst it has ever been now, or whether new media is just open up eyes that have forever been closed? Chinese people are only just learning now what has gone on behind closed doors for a long time. And those who are doing these injustices are yet to realise their days of unchallenged authority are numbered.

    • http://sinopathic.com/ terroir

      You said it best in your other comment. China is a kettle and someone is letting off some steam — otherwise the kettle will break. But I wouldn’t presume that the hand holding the kettle would change anytime soon.

      On the other hand, if stories like this, the “Monday to Friday, North-East-West” incident, and the recent BJ town air index scandal keep inflaming the public consciousness, I fear that an island territorial dispute may escalate way out of hand just to further distract the people.

  • alwaysme91

    And you say foreigners are your problem? You call this the land of morality and of the people? You know, before trying to clean out or solve some other thing that is not even a problem… clean your house first, sweep, dust and rearange the furniture if you will then if you succeed then you can talk… if you reply you just some arrogant fool cuz u know what i say is the truth and only the truth hurts

  • Chat2Arseholes

    You’d have to be insane to want to oppose the best system of government ever concieved the CCP. This lady is clearly a lunatic with schizophrenia. ignore her.

    • mr.wiener

      You are correct, if she wasn’t schizo before she certainly is now. 3 years locked in a morgue will do that to you, who woulda thunk?

  • Appalled@everything

    Better to flee illegally on a ship and become an alien in a free and democratic society, than stay legally in China and be treated like garbage for fighting for freedom and basic civil rights.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=22624249 Sean Cauffiel

      Americans/British/Germans/etc are treated like garbage for fighting for freedom to the fullest extent of our laws, as in China. China’s laws allow for a greater extent.

      • don mario

        chinas laws are not just, and prc members are higher than the law anyway, its not comparable to the west, its a totally different and much more hopeless system. yes the western system is flawed but we arnt talking about the west, this is a news story about china on a chinese website.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=22624249 Sean Cauffiel

          The systems are different. The propensity of the government in each to violate the rights of citizens is not. Western governments just have more roadblocks to deal with.

          I’m not arguing that this woman wouldn’t be better off in the “free and democratic society” appalled@everything mentions above. She certainly would. But suggesting that people treated like garbage for pursuing defense of their rights in China is unique doesn’t really mesh with reality.

          Disclaimer: Not calling anyone stupid, so lets not make this a flame war.

          • ScottLoar

            It may be true that in each government there is the propensity to violate the rights of citizens, but there is a difference between government which recognizes the intrinsic rights of citizens (“they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights”) and government which holds rights are a prerogative extended to the citizens. Western governments do have more roadblocks to deal with: the rule of law as contrasted to rule by law.

            And the Devil is in the details.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=22624249 Sean Cauffiel

            “They are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights” is a thematic element of the Declaration of Independence, but it doesn’t have any real legal substance. The document in which it appears isn’t even a legal document.

            I understand that you’re saying there is a stronger spirit of human rights and wider consciousness in Western countries. I’m arguing, in each of my posts, against the conflation of government and preservation of rights, that nonsense we learn in primary school about how much the government has citizens’ best interest in mind when they pass legislation, how benevolent they are, that they are on our side.

            They’re not. And not all, but most every elected official in Western countries would yank your rights right off the law books tomorrow if it was of any personal benefit to them and they thought they could get away with it.

          • ScottLoar

            The statement is not one of legality but of principle, not theme but premise. I proposed that the outstanding difference between Western, specifically the US, and Chinese government by the CCP, is the former recognizes human rights as intrinsic, the latter see rights as granted by the state. This viewpoint is further reinforced by the former’s rule of law and the latter’s rule by law. I agreed “it may be true that in each government there is the propensity to violate the rights of citizens” and further agreed with you about the roadblocks.

            Frankly, I don’t understand why you are arguing with me about attitudes (“they are on our side”) I never claimed and actions (“they would yank your rights right off the law books tomorrow”) I never doubted. My sole purpose was to delineate the basic difference between these two forms of government. Obviously, I failed.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=22624249 Sean Cauffiel

            Yeah, perhaps I’m being unclear too, but I think I figured out what our difference in opinion is.

            The two forms are government are totally different, but they are both administered by the same DNA, that of corruptible people. We agree on this point, but seem to disagree about the strength of the principles on which each is founded.

            Unalienable rights endowed by a Creator, whether it is a principle, premise, intrinsic, whatever it may be, is more frail than we give it credit for.

            How did the Creator give us these rights? Who did the Creator tell to write them down? No one, really… wise people enacted our basic rights and proclaimed them to be natural. This is a brilliant way to frame our liberties and gives them some intellectual cover, but it hasn’t and won’t protect them from attrition or revocation.

            In your post script, do you mean to suggest that anything short of a full scale revolution is tacit consent by the governed? I can’t understand how a handful of very powerful people unchallenged by millions of unorganized, unfunded, unarmed people can pass for consent.

          • ScottLoar

            Of course a wise Creator did not tell a Moses of the 1770′s to go the Mount and receive instruction (I discount the Mormon’s Angel Moroni as well), neither are you supposed to think so (you’ve never heard the words “God-given” to mean natural, by birth, intrinsic to a thing?); it is the prose style of the time telling us these rights are intrinsic to man, that these rights may be denied as George III, Lord North and the Parliament were doing right at the time, but these rights are yet unalienable. Again, I never said – nor did the persons who expressed that phrase declare – those liberties were irrevocable or undeniable, both words they clearly understood, and so later came The Bill of Rights delineating government’s compass so that it could not trespass against the rights of its citizens. I do not challenge the frailty of citizen’s rights; again, there is no argument between us on that score.

            My postscript says exactly what I intended, that both the people of the US and China accept their governments, and both those governments rule by the tacit consent of the governed. I, too, can’t understand how a handful of very powerful people unchallenged by millions of unorganized, unfunded, unarmed people can pass for consent, and don’t understand what your point is saying so.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=22624249 Sean Cauffiel

            My point in saying so is that thats what the circumstances are. You’re saying “Chinese people tacitly consent to their governance because the powerless not exercising power is consent.” Unless you’re also saying “the Chinese public are not unorganized, unfunded, and unarmed,” which is a pretty easy argument to shoot out of the sky.

          • ScottLoar

            “Chinese people tacitly consent to their governance because the powerless not exercising power is consent”. Of course I didn’t say that, and that’s foolish to assume so.

            Mainland Chinese accept the PRC as the governing body of the country. The citizens complain, they grumble, they look to some changes, but in general the mainland Chinese do not want the PRC replaced. Improved, yes. Changed out, no. Can you understand this? Look to the comments here and elsewhere by mainland Chinese, talk to mainland Chinese; they know this group (the PRC) is not the best, they well understand their faults, but mainland Chinese do not want to risk the economic well-being and social stability they now have with the horrors they see happening in the Middle East, the collapse of the Soviet Union into a third-rate power, and the violence and aimlessness of democratic countries like the US and Europe with its high unemployment as well. Listen as well to the comments on 海峽兩岸 and understand democratic Taiwan is not the mainland Chinese hoped-for model; they want a tightly controlled and regulated society like Singapore, believing that it best delivers safety, economic well-being, and keeps the worst elements of society from taking over. No, that’s not my ideal (some idiots here will assume so unless I clearly say “No”); that’s what mainland Chinese look to.

            This fact may offend your sensibilities, deny your view of the Chinese as a people living under oppression, but if so you don’t know diddly about the very people you’ve chosen to live among.

            I can’t say this more plainly, so please stick to what I’ve said if you must reply.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=22624249 Sean Cauffiel

            Ha, well, you didn’t say it before. Now I know what you meant.

            Chinese are way too unruly to be oppressed in the classical sense of the word.

          • don mario

            “The systems are different. The propensity of the government in each to violate the rights of citizens is not. Western governments just have more roadblocks to deal with.”

            what are you basing this off? fantasy? and your own ignorance?

            its simply wrong.

            their system operates above the law, violating citizens rights is simply the lay of the land. its the method of how officials stay in power and control people! and they get away with it because… in their system they are above the law. the violation level is not comparable to a western system. i didnt call you stupid, but i will call you ignorant.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=22624249 Sean Cauffiel

            Largely a difference in magnitude.

          • Appalled@everything

            Do you live or have you ever lived in China before, Sean? just curious

          • Appalled@everything

            never mind, just checked your facebook and answered my own question. :)

          • Appalled@everything

            Oh and I disagree with you fundamentally with just about every part of me that Chinese are not oppressed.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=22624249 Sean Cauffiel

            I said the Chinese are not oppressed?

          • don mario

            when some things are done extremely well (economy), and others are done shockingly badly(take your pick). the argument of country size doesnt hold up. they have things well under control.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=22624249 Sean Cauffiel

            I meant magnitude of injustice, not country size.

            I have no idea why you think things are well under control in China. There are numerous sources of widespread unrest, especially in the western provinces.

  • Otxoa

    For such a strongly Centralised system, to continue having this complete failure of Provincial governments seems completely invalid. When comparing the two, the Central government seems the lesser of two great and decadent evils. The Central government’s shooting itself in the foot by continuing to allow the Provincial system to exist, although I’m not in favour of Centralism, some form of reform should kick in there, this is, on all grounds, inhumane. The unfortunate thing being, the “cog in machine” mindset so many Han Chinese have, realism, and losing oneself in other things is the only way they see to continue. Something needs to be done.

    • Strelnikov

      They aren’t shooting the idiots, because the Party has lost its revolutionary edge.

      Too much caviar, BMWs, slush fund hookers….

  • Paneraman

    Typical CCP way of ‘legally’ detaining ‘petitions’ and ‘law-unabiding citizens’

  • Warren Lauzon

    Re-Education in China means “beaten into submission until you say what we force you to say” it seems.

  • http://twitter.com/elizaj Elizabeth Jenkins
  • lonetrey / Dan

    All I feel is outrage. I’d like to “re-educate” all the people who were involved in unjustly imprisoning the petitioner. From the person dragging her through the front door to the person who signed the document authorizing this (those were metaphorical levels of involvement, not literal).

    I know what to expect to this question… But, is anyone, SOMEONE, some PEOPLE going to be held responsible for this?!?

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