Tourist Mistaken for Petitioner Beaten; Migrant Worker Killed after Demanding Pay

The Economic Observer translates a report of a tourist in Beijing who was beaten, abducted, taken back to his home city of Luoyang and left unconscious in the street by petitioner interceptors.

According to today’s Beijing News, Zhao was mistaken for a petitioner when he booked into a Beijing hotel on the evening of Sep 15. The report states that Zhao was taken away by people dressed in military fatigues the next morning.

Together with “real” petitioners, Zhao was forcibly removed from Bejiing and sent back to Luoyang. On the way back to his home town, Zhao was beaten and not provided with any information about why he was being held against his will ….

When he finally regained conciousness on the evening of Sep 16, he was confused and couldn’t remember clearly what had happened.

For more on China’s booming interception industry, see The Interceptor: “Persuading the Return” of Petitioners and Saving Face in Beijing: Regional Policemen Sent to Intercept Petitioners, on CDT.

In Anhui, meanwhile, a migrant worker asking to be paid was beaten to death, while his brother was hospitalised with a broken back, according to Caijing:

A family member of Wang Genxiang is crying with one part of his skull at her hands on September 19. Wang Genxiang, a migrant worker in north China’s Anhui Province, was beaten to death when asking salaries from the employee, a construction project in Wuhu city of Anhui on September 14. His brother, Wang Genhai, has also got beaten, with his left hand and left leg hurt and his back broken.


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