Thousands of Ex-Military Cadre Appeal Against Corruption

July 20, 2007 Updated: July 20, 2007

China—In the afternoon of July 16, thousands of petitioners gathered together to appeal corruption in Beijing, most of them were transferred to the Majialou Escort Center in a remote suburb of Beijing.

Tianwang had a telephone interview with one petitioner, Liu Xueli who told Tianwang that at 3:00 p.m., more than 1,000 people arrived at National People's Congress Appeals Office, to begin their appeal. Many were taxi drivers from Xiamen, Fujian Province.

Later that day, thousands of petitioners had been sent onto the Majialou Appellants Escort Center. Most of them were ex-military cadre, wearing their uniforms and medals, and shouting slogans such as “We are determined to support people against corruption.”

According to Liu, there were policemen along the road from East of Tiananmen Square to Xinhua Gate. So many people gathering to openly appeal is very unusual. Majialou was crowded with people.

Many ex-military cadre were in the large east courtyard of Majialou. Some looked like high ranking officials while others appeared to be servicemen. The smaller west courtyard was crowded with common people and farmers all there to appeal against corruption. At this moment, no one knows how the CCP Official in charge has dealt with this mass protest.