Female Petitioners Disrobe to Protest in China

By Li Xi
Li Xi
Li Xi
June 21, 2009 Updated: June 21, 2009

When three female petitioners who had long been appealing to the Jilin Provincial Public Security Bureau for redress were denied a meeting with the director, they publicly stripped naked. Armed police promptly removed them.

Several petitioners showed sympathy for the women. They said that without a way to resolve the issue, these women chose to expose themselves to such a degree, sacrificing their dignity by stripping off their clothes in front of so many people.

According to statistics, there are as many as 10 million petitions across China every year that receive no government response. Recently, petitioners started appealing in innovative ways, such as throwing leaflets on the gate tower of Tiananmen, jumping off a building together, hanging huge banners to block the entryway of the High Court, intruding on a campus, and barging into the Ministry of Health, and the like. They have kept the regime in Beijing quite busy.

Forty percent of appeals cases reflect police issues, procuratorial organs, and people's courts; 33 percent are about government administration; 13 percent reflect corruption in work units; and 11 percent are about unfair treatment.

Now, the National Office for Letters and Visits is referred to as the “Anti-Public Agency.” Internet bloggers say that under the oppression of the Chinese Communist Party, the Chinese people don’t know what to do—but they try their best to somehow get the regimes’ attention.

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