Category Archives: Chinese Human Rights Activists

Ai Weiwei on Tibet

From the Tibet Society:


On the 16th of September, Ai Weiwei was in London and during a Q&A session was asked ‘how the Chinese felt about the oppression of the Tibetan people.’

His carefully worded answer:

“Tibet, and also some related situation like minority situations, [is the] result of this whole system. If the system is not changed, if the political situation is not changed, I don’t think Tibet has a chance for the condition to change.”

“It’s a very sad situation but I think it is lacking of communication, lacking of sincerely understanding of humanity or respect of different culture and language. This not only happens to Tibetan people but also happens to Chinese. It’s just the general condition.”

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The Demise of Florida Splendid China – part 7

On June 2, 1996 we commemorated Democracy Day and the seventh anniversary of the TianAnMen Square massacre.

Flag Man and Our Protectors (Notice the famed EMT vehicle and another park security vehicle in the background)

Flag Man and Our Protectors
(Notice the famed EMT vehicle and another park security vehicle in the background)

The park was still calling law enforcement every time we showed up as shown above, even though there was never any property damage, unauthorized entry into the park, and we picked up after ourselves.

We can't do it there, but we can do it here ! Protesters and view of the rear of the Potala Palace Exhibit

We can’t do it there, but we can do it here !
Protesters and view of the rear of the Potala Palace Exhibit

 Protesters Lined Up along the Back Wall (May be a familiar scene elsewhere)

Protesters Lined Up along the Back Wall
(May be a familiar scene elsewhere)

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“Zero Spread” Requirements

Recently a list of regulations published as a ‘Work memo’ were imposed on Beijing Taxicab drivers. The English translation was published by the China Digital Times.

Among the rules were the following:

III. “Zero Spread” Requirements for Taxicabs During the 18th Party Congress Security Period (Convening on November 8 )

(1) During the 18th Party Congress period, taxicab drivers are to “seal the door” and “seal the windows.” “Seal the door” by activating child safety locks on the doors. “Seal the windows” by removing window cranks.

(2) During the 18th Party Congress period, taxicab drivers are to be on guard for passengers carrying any type of ball. Look for passengers who intend to spread messages by carrying balloons that bear slogans or ping-pong balls bearing reactionary messages.

(3) During the 18th Party Congress period, if driver finds himself on a route through areas of political importance, he must find a detour. Pay attention to technique and manner in order to avoid unnecessary conflict with passengers.

(4) During the 18th Party Congress period, drivers are to regularly inspect the inside and outside of their vehicles in order to ensure lawbreakers have not affixed reactionary materials or messages to the vehicle.

(5) Report any information that could affect public stability in a timely fashion. The public security corps will reward those who notify public security messengers.

The point of these rules are clear, the Chinese Communist Party can not stand any other voices to be heard or for their 18th Party Congress to be sullied in any fashion.
Imagine if these rules were imposed on the cities hosting the Republican or Democratic National Conventions.
OTOH, the city of Tampa, host of the 2012 Republican National Convention, opened areas for demonstrators to speak and even though hundreds of protestors showed up, there was none of the vandalism, violence, mayhem or countless arrests that marred other events where these folks showed up to protest.

The Chinese Communist Party still believes that the Chinese people are unsuited to be able to make decisions for themselves and must be tightly controlled. If that isn’t racist, then I don’t know what racist means.

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Caging the Monster

I was directed to a piece on the China Heritage Project of the Australia National University webpages called “Caging the Monster.”
It begins:

“I am a Chinese writer. Allow me to say a few words about my country.”

and ends:

Finally, I hope you believe me that I am not a class enemy, nor an over-thrower of governments. All I want is to cage the monster. Yes, I am criticizing my country, but that doesn’t mean I hate my country. Rather, I love my country. I love her splendid mountains and rivers and her great civilization. I appreciate the suffering she has experienced. In fact, I love my country even more because of the suffering she has been through. Yes, I am criticizing her rotten system, but I do not want to see bloodshed while my country is improving herself. I hope the system will improve gracefully. I hope in the near future, in my country, flowers of freedom will blossom and children will smile without fear. I hope in the near future, my country, an ancient civilization, a land of suffering, will become a nation of prosperity, peace and freedom, for all.

The part in the middle is thought-provoking as well as the writings of a brave person who could suffer tremendous punishments for speaking his mind. Please take a moment to read his words and pass them along for others to see so that his potential sacrifice will have greater value.

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Lawlessness Advisories on the WWW

Imagine, the thought of doing business in the People’s Republic of China is normally shown as a great thing with many profits to be had. After all, didn’t these people hold an international sporting event not too long ago? We can ignore the abuses in human rights because ‘that is the way they are’ or the low wages (or zero wages if you are trapped in laogaiju) are OK because ‘they have a different take on life and aren’t materialistic.’ Rubbish, of course; but it will soothe the conscience while pocketing the dividends of cheap oppressed labor.

While I’m still imagining the business idea, where many international corporations are spending significant cash to fund new business with the leaders of the People’s Republic of China, I bumped into an advisory on the website of the Beijing Embassy of India:

Advisory for Indian businessmen/traders doing trade/business with Yiwu- Jan 3, 2011
Advisory for Indian businessmen/traders doing trade/business with Yiwu
Indian traders and businessmen are hereby cautioned not to do business with Yiwu in Zhejiang province. They should be aware that when there are trade disputes with Yiwu, the Indian businessmen/traders can be illegally held under detention and mistreated by Chinese businessmen there. Based on experience, there is no guarantee that legal remedies will be readily available. Furthermore, in case of disputes arising, experience suggests that there is inadequate protection for safety of persons. All people who have business/trade with Yiwu are cautioned against doing business there and all people who do not have business/trade with Yiwu are requested to be careful that they do not do business with Yiwu. Indian businessmen are cautioned to stay away from Yiwu.

In case the original is removed, a pdf version exists here.

Seriously. There are lawlessness advisories on the internet for the People’s Republic of China? Are they normally kept to a smaller audience or is this just a the mark of escalating lawlessness. And you want to give them my job?

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Tip of the hat to Christian Bale…

When Christian Bale went to see a blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng last week, the plainclothes police guarding Chen reportedly roughed up the actor.

When confronted the PRC Foreign Ministry spokesperson blamed the incident on Bale, saying:

What I understand is that the actor was invited by the director Zhang Yimou to attend the movie premiere. He was not invited to any village in Shandong to create news or make a film.
If he wants to create news, I don’t think that would be welcomed by China.
Reuters 12-21-2011

Chen is just one of many activists that are under house arrest as a result of the ‘Arab Spring.’ Almost all are in for trumped up charges, if the authorities even file charges. The only reason for the mass jailings is to maintain the absolute power of the Communist Chinese Party over the Chinese people and others that have been or are in the process of being ‘assimilated.’

How long before most of the people under the control of the Chinese Communist Party have had enough?

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China: Wukan Village Ejects Corrupt Officials

Chinageeks has a summary of the happenings in Wukan, where corrupt Chinese government officials have been ejected from the village by the people. Now the village has been surrounded and the violence will escalate.

The Seeds of Wukan from chinageeks films on Vimeo.

These are brave people.

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China's Attacks on Dissidents

According to a report released by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, the People’s Republic of China actively targets dissidents inside the US.

  • Some of the espionage carried out on behalf of China is conducted by nonprofessional collectors. These nonprofessional collectors may be motivated by profit, patriotism, feelings of ethnic kinship, or coercion. Even in many cases where there is no obvious direct state involvement in the theft or illegal export of controlled technology, the Chinese government encourages such efforts and has benefited from them.
  • Recent cases of espionage involving China show evidence of more focused efforts at information collection employing sources outside of the Chinese-American community.
  • Chinese operatives and consular officials are actively engaged in the surveillance and harassment of Chinese dissident groups on U.S. soil.
  • Do you have a problem in being told what you can believe by a foreign government?

    If so, I encourage everyone to be a dissident so that the Chinese Communist Party can have more people to watch and spend more money on watching them.

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    People's Republic of China Tries to Censor a Book Fair… In Germany

    In an New York Times article entitled, “At Book Fair, a Subplot About Chinese Rights “, the organizers of the Frankfurt Book Fair were pressured to un-invite two Chinese dissident authors as well as criticized for not censoring the materials that were banned in the People’s Republic of China.

    Jing Bartz has been the fair’s chief representative in Beijing since 2003 and negotiated strenuously with Chinese publication officials. “China has really wanted to use this platform to promote Chinese culture,” she said. “On the other side, they are worried because they can’t use Chinese rules to do it.”

    Thanks go out to the brave authors that have brought out the truth and the organizers that allowed the dissident authors to finally speak.

    This is one way to confront their censorship – stand up to them whenever they step outside their protected space. Not just once, but everyday.

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    The Fix Was In

    According to an article in the Times (UK) entitled, “Olympic chief in ‘secret China deal’ “, a new book alleges that the election of International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge was assisted by the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in return for Beijing’s approval as host of the 2008 Summer Olympiad.

    Shocking as that revelation may be, the article also indicates that the PRC spent more money on hosting the games than they spend on education – for a whole year – in the most populous nation on Earth.

    A few more points brought out in the article:

    The security forces evicted thousands of migrants from Beijing and arrested dissidents by the hundreds. Many events played out to half-empty stadiums because officials feared unrest.

    Engineers cut off water to farmers south of Beijing to make sure the capital’s fountains never ran dry and sealed off the city with roadblocks to stop them protesting as thousands became destitute. Some committed suicide.

    Facing questions in Beijing last year over China’s record on human rights and suppression of freedoms during the Olympics, Rogge conceded that perhaps the committee had been naive in accepting the promises made by Chinese leaders – like the sports minister.

    “After all,” he said, “we are idealists”.

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