Several hundred petitioners gathered in front of the Supreme People’s Court in Beijing on May 24, protesting against judicial injustice and urging the Supreme Court to resolve cases of injustice produced by various levels of courts. The protest drew heavy police response with several dozen police cars standing by.
On May 22, a meeting was held to review judicial cases processed by courts across China, during which time an announcement to strive to resolve petitioning of injustice cases was made. The announcement triggered the subsequent upsurge of petitioners who hoped the high court would resolve their old cases of injustice.
One of the petitioners at the scene was Ms. Ju, a Beijing resident whose home was forcibly demolished. In a phone interview she told The Epoch Times that around 1:30 p.m., “There were many people, about one or two hundred, here in the morning. Now there are several dozen people here.” Ms. Ju also said that those who shouted slogans were taken away by car.
Ms. Ju indicated that there were 20 police cars at the scene and some police were in plainclothes while others videotaped the petitioners so that “they can press whatever charges they want in the future.”
“We were hopeful when we came. We waited here, yet no one took our cases. Now courts in different districts of Beijing refused to solve our problems, and they just shifted and shirked responsibilities. Consequently, lots of cases have been piling up,” she said.
Police set up many checkpoints around the Supreme Court to inspect petitioners; people had to show their ID’s when they passed the checkpoints. Officials from different cities came over to intercept petitioners who were from their areas and sent them back, according to a report by Radio Free Asia (RFA).
Another petitioner, Li Lirong told The Epoch Times that three to four hundred people were at the entrance of the Office of Letters and Calls in Beijing.
On May 24, the RFA also indicated that about two hundred victims of forced demolition sat on the ground before the Office of Calls and Visits in Beijing. Those petitioners were there because they did not get new homes as promised by authorities after the old ones were demolished.
RFA also quoted a report by an information center for rights protection (c-wxw.com) which stated that on the morning of May 22, a male petitioner from Liaoning Province who was in his forties was beaten to death by security guards at the Beijing South Railway Station; the dead body was dragged to the square near the station and left there for more than an hour before the police came over to examine the corpse.
One petitioner told RFA that a man was found dead at the square near the Beijing South Railway Station and an elderly woman told him that the man was beaten to death.
Forced relocations for infrastructure or luxury developments is commonplace in China and has become a source of anger and unrest, especially because of the inadequate compensations generally given to home and landowners.