The following translation was sent to us by a CDT reader, who tells us he took a screenshot of posts from the Tencent weibo (microblog) account of journalist Lu Chaoguo. The posts, which have since been deleted (but reposted by others), give a personal account of Lu’s detention and mistreatment by police when he reported on the recent riots in Anshun, Guizhou, after an “urban management” official beat to death a handicapped street vendor (read more about the incident). Lu is a reporter for the Jinan-based Qilu Evening News. Screenshots of the posts are attached. Thanks to our reader for providing the translation:
I arrived in Anshun today [July 28th, 2011] at 10am, investigating the widely circulated [story] on the Internet [of] “chengguan officials strangle handicapped vendor to death, drawing thousands of onlookers.” While I was doing an interview at the scene in the company of the family members of Deng Qiguo, the deceased [vendor], several unknown men approached, seemingly hostile. I was very vigilant, immediately put away my recorder, stopped the interview and got up to leave. A man asked me: “Which media are you from?” I wasn’t sure about their identity and claimed that I wasn’t from the media.
Then I asked them, “Who are you? The public security?” They didn’t answer. As I got up to leave, four or five men closed in, and one of them rushed over to grab my cell phone. I ran, holding the phone to my breast and was grabbed around the neck. They closed in to grab my phone. The three family members of the deceased came to protect me. I was nailed to the ground, one man pushed down my head on the ground with his leg, making me unable to move. I yelled “Help!” There were many onlookers. I
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