October 10, 2005
Taishi: a case study of repression (Updated)
The wash-up from Taishi*, a village where a genuine attempt at grass roots democracy was unceremoniously suppressed. ESWN reports that a Guardian journalist investigating the village was reportedly bashed at Taishi by Government heavies. Also, yesterday, Radio France's Abel Segrein and South China Morning Post's Liu Xiaoyin were assaulted by more than twenty people. A colleague of Abel Segrein, Pierre Haski, has a blog in French with more details on Abel Segrein's visit to Taishi (a reasonable Google translation in English is here).
ESWN has an updated chronology of all the events at Taishi.
What happened in Taishi was incredibly significant but it has not been widely reported in the Western media. Why? Because the Western media are effectively barred from reporting it, through violence and threats. Welcome to media management, CCP style.
Today's SCMP has Leu Siew Ying's first hand report of her visit and beating last Friday at Taishi and another report on a similar incident on Saturday: the detention of legislator Lu Banglie, a deputy to the Zhijiang People's Congress in Hubei province, on a visit to Taishi with Guardian newspaper reporter Benjamin Joffe-Walt. I had spoken to Mr. Joffe-Walt on Saturday afternoon, before the incident had occurred. He was seeking to do an article on the real story behind Taishi.
When government thugs start detaining legislators and beating Western journalists, the alarms should be ringing at maximum volume. Kudos to Abel Segretin from RFI, Mr Joffe-Walt and Leu Siew Ying for persuing the story. As the saying goes, when there's beatings, there's a story.
* Link is to a newly established category containing all my Taishi related posts
"They were working themselves into a frenzy"
Radio France Internationale reporter Abel Segretin and I went to Taishi last Friday to find out why residents suddenly abandoned a bid to recall their village chief. During previous visits I had been detained twice - the windscreens and windows of my taxi were smashed by paid thugs. A lecturer and two lawyers had the same harrowing experience three weeks later, so I knew I had to be careful. Segretin and I agreed that we would not resist if caught, but we did not get any further than a roadblock set up by the local authorities. A few men with red armbands marked "security" forced us off our motorbikes. Straight away, another 20 people closed in on us - some wearing army camouflage - and asked for our identity papers. We asked them who they were and a well-dressed man said "villagers".
Legislator missing after being beaten near Taishi
A mainland legislator has disappeared after being dragged from his car and beaten on Saturday while travelling to Guangdong's strife-torn Taishi village with a journalist working for a British newspaper. The fate of Lu Banglie , deputy to the Zhijiang People's Congress in Hubei province , was last night unknown. Mr Lu had been advising Taishi residents on ways to oust unpopular village chief Chen Jinsheng , who has been accused of corruption, through electoral procedures.posted by Simon on 10.10.05 at 09:25 AM in the Taishi category.
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guardian's report: (via anti)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/print/0,3858,5305214-108142,00.htmlposted by: sunbin on 10.10.05 at 11:54 AM [permalink]
the Chinese media (ming pao) also reported this. It was said that Mr. Lu himself was elected in an event similar to Taishi, after a corrupted village mayor was ousted by a vote.posted by: sun bin on 10.10.05 at 03:55 PM [permalink]
posted by: Richard on 10.10.05 at 04:04 PM [permalink]