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Foreign Journalists Jumped in Panhe

Plainclothes henchmen attacked journalists from two European news organizations on Wednesday as they investigated land grab protests that began earlier this month in the Zhejiang village of Panhe, according to Shanghaiist:...

Shanghai Man Killed by Voter Intimidation Gang

Shanghaiist reports a clash between police and mourners at the funeral of a man killed while defending his sister—or who, according to a police account, “died suddenly when arguing with others.” Hang...

Reporting in China (with Video)

For the Al Jazeera blog, Melissa Chan points out that, in a recent survey by the Foreign Correspondents Club of China on working conditions, 94% of journalists who responded felt the work environment had deteriorated over the...

Artists Demonstrate in Downtown Beijing

Ai Weiwei and other artists who had been assaulted by thugs for protesting forced eviction from an artist colony held a protest in Beijing today. Global Times reports: About 20 artists briefly demonstrated Monday in downtown...

Roger Cohen: A Woman Burns

New York Times columnist Roger Cohen visited Chengdu and met with Tang Huiqin, the older sister of Tang Fuzhen, who set herself on fire to protest the demolition of her family’s house and beatings of her family members by...

China Teen Seen as Hero for Killing Local Official

A teenager who has been sentenced to death for killing a corrupt and violent local Party official has gained the support of villagers, with 20,000 people petitioning the court for a lighter sentence. AP reports: The murder trial...

Security Guards a Source of Insecurity in China

AP reports on the beating of a journalist by security guards while investigating a death in Guangzhou: A Chinese journalist was checking out a tip that police had discovered a woman’s body this week when he was stopped by...

Ai Weiwei: “Gangsters in the Government”

China Geeks translates a lengthy essay by Ai Weiwei about his experiences trying to document the names of students killed in the Sichuan earthquake and about the political system that allows “hoodlums” to run the...

China Rights Activist Beaten at Cemetery

The New York Times reports on the beating suffered by Sun Wenguang, a 75-year-old retired university professor in Shandong, when he went to a cemetery to pay his respects to Zhao Ziyang on Qing Ming day: As he entered the...

Martyrs for Migrant Workers – Kenneth Tan

Shanghaiist reports on a recent violent attack against NGO workers who support the legal rights of migrant workers: Two weeks ago, when we told you that China’s new labour law was going to be a big, big thing, we had no idea it would also be the cause of some serious blood-letting. Local gangs and […]

Illegal Loggers Beat up Police in Guangxi – Green China magazine

APP, a leading paper maker, has run into a lot of problems with its aggressive, environmentally controversial paper-pulp tree swaps in Yunnan and Hainan. Now it’s having a problem of another kind, fighting thugs that steal its trees. Translated by CDT from Green China magazine: One night in July this year, some forest patrol officers […]

China Strikers ‘Beaten by Thugs’ – BBC

Hundreds of migrant workers protesting over unpaid wages in Guangdong Province were beaten by thugs hired by their company, according to news reports. The AP is reporting that one protester was killed while Xinhua says no-one was killed but one man is in critical condition. From BBC: Nearly 300 workers went on strike last Friday […]

As Wealth Grows, So Do Dangers for Rich – Andreas Lorenz

From Spiegel Online: China’s newly rich have become the targets of shady executives and a gangster underworld. Businessmen occasionally hire contract killers to snuff out their competitors. There are unscrupulous bosses who want to keep workers who demand their wages off their backs. And criminals who will blackmail or kidnap the rich in order to […]

China Postpones Trial of Family Rights Activist – Maureen Fan

From the Washington Post: The trial of a blind rural lawyer, charged in what rights activists say is a politically motivated case, was postponed Thursday, and a group of his supporters was assaulted by unknown assailants outside the courthouse. As many as 200 people traveled to China’s eastern Shandong province to support Chen Guangcheng, whose […]

War on Land in Fujin, Heilongjiang, part 2 – Li Xinde

Seeing these pictures and story you will feel like you are in a movie where people live in a terror created by the government and gangsters who call each other friends. Or the scene in George Orwell‘s Animal Farm where other animals discover Snowball and fellow pigs are drinking and dining with humans, the farm […]

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