Police Stand By As Officials Destroy Appellants' Residences
On June 2, in the neighborhood of Beijing Supreme Court, a dozen officials from Beijing police, security and the city administration department, carried out a sudden ransacking of the “homes” of appellants who live in the area. A Gansu province appellant Wang Bing was arrested for “disturbing law enforcement” because he reprimanded the police for acting like bandits to suppress appellants.
Wang said that in the afternoon of June 2, a dozen police cars cleared the way to appellants' homes. Wherever they went, the officials from the city administration department charged into the homes of appellants even before they [the appellants] could pack up. They took away all the appellants' belongings and loaded them into the police cars. After that, the officials tore down the appellants' houses and sheds, leaving the place in ruins.
He said the scene before his eyes was just like high way robberies seen in the movies. The appellants were not allowed to pack up and they fought with the officials for their own belongings. When there was no one at home, the officials kicked the doors open or broke the locks with an axe to enter.
Wang Bing questioned the police as to why they did not intercede when city administration officials were destroying citizen's homes. Taking away everything recklessly, was their behavior any different from that of bandits? Condoning their reckless behavior, do police call that law enforcement?
A dozen policemen grabbed Wang Bing and said: “You have interfered with us and prevented us from enforcing the law, we are arresting you.” They took him to the Youanmen police station for questioning. He was only released at 7:00 p.m. that night.
Wang Bing said, “These people are truly bandits. All officials came escorted by the police. The police cars cleared the way for them. Although the police did not actually take part in the ransacking, they stood by and watched. Those who actually carried out the ransacking were all plainclothes officials.
Wang Bing is originally from the northwest province of Gansu. He had been working in Shenzhen City, Guandong province. He came to the Beijing Supreme Court to appeal because he was beaten up by seven or eight patrolmen when he refused to show his identification papers. Shenzhen policemen covered up for the patrolmen and settled the matter hastily by giving him 500 Yuan (US$ 62.)
On May 23, when United Nations officials were at Beijing University to give a speech, Wang tried to submit a copy of his appeal to the officials. Because there were too many bodyguards and Wang could not approach them, he had to throw his appeal in the air towards them from a distance of ten meters and yell slogans such as “Chinese appellants have no rights, is United Nations going to intervene?” He was instantly arrested by plainclothes policemen and detained for more than ten hours.