China was once again shocked by the news of a bizarre death on June 19. Mr. Yu Rufa, a petitioner from Xian County, Cangzhou City, Hebei Province, was taken away by police when he tried to enter the U.S. Embassy in Beijing on June 14, and was confirmed dead two days later after he was transferred to Hebei Province by officials who were stationed in Beijing, Voice of America (VOA) reported.
Yu’s body was sent to his home in Hebei by car. He reportedly had stab wounds on his head and there were signs of blood having been wiped from his body. The origins of the stab wounds, and even who drove the body home, are still unclear.
This is another odd death, after Mr. Li Wangyang’s “bizarre suicide.” Mr. Li was a pro-democracy activist in Hunan Province whose death caused a stir in Hong Kong, and according to existing evidence, it was definitely not a suicide.
An article, titled “Zhou Yongkang Declared to Bury 200 People Alive,” was published by Open Magazine in Hong Kong on June 5. According to the article, Zhou said in a speech, that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is monitoring all the influential domestic dissidents. Once the CCP Central Committee believes that a crisis has begun, it will arrest all 200 monitored people, overnight, and bury them alive.
Based on the combined information and facts above, the author believes it is necessary to pay close attention to the Political and Legislative Affairs Committee (PLAC) before the CCP’s 18th National Congress, which could plan to take extreme measures to safeguard state stability. I think the PLAC is planning to kill active dissidents. The “bury-alive” theory published by Open Magazine is only focusing on the intellectual dissidents. It’s also possible that this serves as a warning to threaten all relevant intellectuals to be self-disciplined before the 18th National Congress.
For those intellectuals who are well known socially, the authorities are taking a gentle approach before resorting to force. But for the less well-known dissidents, activists, and religious groups, the authorities could take the direct-killing approach.
Hong Kong Media interviewed Mr. Li Wangyang before the June 4 anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, and he said, “in the name of democracy, I have no regret, even if they cut my head off.” This was just prior to his “bizarre suicide.”
In Yu’s case, he was murdered after following Mr. Chen Guangcheng’s footsteps by trying to enter the U.S. Embassy. My concern is that the PLAC has issued a kill order—maybe even with details on which type of protesters can be directly eliminated.
Mr. Li’s and Mr. Yu’s deaths are related to Zhou Yongkang, and the PLAC’s most vulnerable soft spots. Mr. Li publicly gave interviews with foreign media and had a large impact. He also obtained plenty of insider information due to his own experience of persecution by the CCP’s systems for maintaining stability. Mr. Yu tried to cause an international incident by attempting to enter a foreign embassy.
These two types of situations have exposed the PLAC’s black box operation. When these types of incidents occur, the PLAC begins to lose control. Obviously, the PLAC is afraid of losing complete control, and is therefore quashing these incidents. Zhou probably learned a lesson from the Chen Guangcheng incident—who fled to a U.S. embassy to reveal corruption.
Within one month, the same type of incident took place in both Hunan and Hebei Provinces. It raises the question of whether the PLAC is executing a carefully planned, step-by-step, systematic crime including categorizing protests with different natures and different levels of influence, and taking strict precautions against certain types of events.
In other words, they’re looking into ways to utilize even harsher methods to control the society after the Wang Lijun and Cheng Guangcheng incidents. These terrifying measures are being implemented now in an attempt to reverse the lack of attention on these situations in the beginning of the year.
Wen Zhao is a Chinese affairs expert and social commentator based in Canada.
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When Chongqing’s former top cop, Wang Lijun, fled for his life to the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu on Feb. 6, he set in motion a political storm that has not subsided. The battle behind the scenes turns on what stance officials take toward the persecution of Falun Gong. The faction with bloody hands—the officials former CCP head Jiang Zemin promoted in order to carry out the persecution—is seeking to avoid accountability for their crimes and to continue the campaign. Other officials are refusing any longer to participate in the persecution. Events present a clear choice to the officials and citizens of China, as well as people around the world: either support or oppose the persecution of Falun Gong. History will record the choice each person makes.
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