Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

January 28, 2005

Chinese Police Beat Mourners

Filed under: — Different River @ 1:56 am

Remember this the next time someone mentions Abu Ghraib.

Zhao Ziyang was the Secretary-General of the Chinese Communist Party in 1989 when thousands of peaceful pro-democracy demonstrators camped out in Tiananmen Square in downtown Beijing. After several days, after opposing a military crackdown on the unarmed, nonviolent demonstrators, Zhao went to visit to protesters, implicitly showing support for their cause. He was of course, immediately deposed as head of the Party, but unlike thousands of demonstrators, he was not killed but was rather placed under house arrest. Where he remained for more than 15 years, until his death January 17 at the age of 85.

AFP reports:

BEIJING (AFP) – China has detained dozens of people, some of whom have been severely beaten, for trying to mark the death of former leader Zhao Ziyang, witnesses said.

“A man from Henan province was beaten badly. His left eyeball looked like it was beaten out of its socket and he had a one inch cut to his right eye,” said the man who requested anonymity.

“An elderly woman from Shandong province was beaten to a point where she couldn’t move and a man from Hunan province was also beaten,” he said.

This is for trying to attend a funeral. What a crime.

One Response to “Chinese Police Beat Mourners”

  1. Gary Gray Says:

    And…we are giving them (China) all the help they want in becoming the number one bully. Just wait until China gets up their military. Demands with threats will soon follow.

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