Please Treat Appellants As You Treat Your Own Parents
Today, March 1st, 2006 is the 14th day since the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) illegally arrested Ouyang Xiaorong. It is still unclear whether he is at present alive or dead.
It is the time of the year when the National People's Congress and the Political Consultative Conference are held in Beijing. It is thus the time of the year when the CCP regime carries out mass arrests of appellants across China.
From 11 p.m. on February 28, to 3 a.m. on March 1, appellants throughout China, who suffer from extreme poverty and hardship, spent their hardest day in a year. In Beijing, the police launched an attack on their fellow countrymen in the freezing night. Many of the appellants were poor peasants who were already suffering due to the harsh conditions of their lives caused by poverty and injustice.
It snowed the night of February 28. The winds that accompanied the snowfall were especially chilling. On patrol that evening, were the Beijing police who are trained to make mass arrests of citizens appealing for their rights. In a quiet neighborhood on a dark street on the south side of Beijing, six to seven buses and many police cars, including 100 policemen, arrived for a planned series of arrests.
The policemen broke down doors and made the arrests in a very brutal and efficient manner. A local citizen who escaped told me over the phone, “All of a sudden, the dogs are barking, the policemen are yelling, and the anguished cries from the people being arrested, as well as the noise from the vehicles, all mixed together. It was very frightening.”
Residents from Xinjiang Province, Shaanxi Province, Shanxi Province, Henan Province, Hebei Province, and Shandong Province have also called me today to talk about the arrest of appellants that have occurred in their respective provinces. Based on the phone calls I have received today, these arrests were not isolated incidents occurring in just a few provinces, but were rather a nationally orchestrated event.
Each year, during the time when the National People's Congress and the Political Consultative Conference are held, large-scale arrests of peaceful protestors occur across the country, which has become one of the many special features of the CCP regime. The most brutal violence is utilized to disconnect people from the people's representatives. Tens of thousands of appellants are arrested and the freedom of hundreds of thousands of appealers are restricted. This illegal and thug-like behavior is just another example of the CCP's absurdity and its nature against humanity.
We can only imagine how high-ranking officials like Wen Jiabao, China's premier, view such large-scale arrests of peaceful protestors. I do not think the legal and moral standards should vary by one's position. Even during the most brutal regime in Chinese history, the Qin Dynasty, there were no such large-scale illegal arrests of appellants as we see in China today.
The CCP conducts such illegal arrests in broad daylight using the country's resources and in name of the country. The corrupt and criminal CCP officials have created the largest group of appellants in Chinese history. The cruel reality the appellants are facing is that the so-called Chinese government is controlled by criminal officials or their companions whom the appellants are suing. Nevertheless, the government should not arrest the appellants and treat them like criminals. But the CCP regime simply did just that.
Respecting appealers and peacefully resolving the appellants' cases in which their legal or personal rights were violated is the legal and moral responsibility of the government. At present, Ye Guozhu from Beijing, Zheng Mingfang from Tianjin, Ma Yalian, Liu Xinjuan, and Du Yangming from Shanghai, were all illegally arrested and sentenced for attempting to appeal their individual cases to the government for review.
The continuing large-scale arrests of peaceful appellants throughout China demonstrate that the CCP continues to act in a manner that is outside the constitution and the law. Those who peacefully appeal to the government are treated in an illegal and brutal manner, as are practitioners of Falun Gong. This illegal maneuvering by the CCP to suppress the legal rights of law-abiding citizens to appeal is a serious threat to China's social stability and structure.
Wen Jiabao, I urge you to treat these peaceful appellants with the respect they deserve as human beings and as citizens of China. The CCP no longer has the ability to solve its problems. This is a tragedy of the nation at present. It is also your tragedy. Although you are not personally responsible for this, you cannot deny your involvement in the illegal and irrational arrest of peaceful appellants.
Wen Jiabao, I urge you to examine your conscience and do what is right. Do not do things that will cause you regret in the future. What is the fundamental difference in mistreating your people from mistreating your parents?
Written on March 1, 2006, at my Beijing home, besieged by special agents and thuggish gangs.