Villager Kills Police Chief With Car, Injures Seven

May 31, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
A copy of warrant for Zhou Huilai
A copy of warrant for Zhou Huilai uploaded by a Weibo user. The warrant says that individuals or work units who contribute to the arrest will be awarded 30,000 RMB (about $4,700). (Screenshot from China's Twitter)

A recent spate of Chinese villagers killing party officials continues, with an outraged son driving his car into a group of government officials and police, after arriving home to their beating his father.

The incident took place in the southern city of Zhanjiang, Guangdong province, on May 22. Seven were injured, three of them critically, when the son’s car impacted the group and he got out with a knife and attacked the group. One of the police chiefs was killed.

Around noon on May 22, vice chief of the city’s management committee, Lin Xiaoxun, and a few dozen other officials and police arrived at Zhu Huilai’s home in a village in Dongshan Town, Zhanjiang City. They sought to remove Zhu’s fruit trees to make space for the city’s new iron and steel manufacturing project. Zhu had previously signed a contract under considerable pressure, agreeing to relocate from his village home. More than 10,000 people from eight villages, including Zhu’s, were asked to relocate.

Zhu asked the officials to hold off until the fruit matured and he could harvest it. Lin responded: “I decide everything here. How can you—one individual—win over us and the government?” An argument ensued before the two men starting physically fighting. Some of the other officials and police officers quickly stepped in to assist Lin in beating Zhu.

“When Zhu’s son came back driving and saw his father being beaten, he drove his car straight towards the officials. Then he took out a knife and stabbed them. Seven officials were injured,” said witness and fellow villager Mr. Zhu.

According to Mr. Zhu, three officials were critically injured, and Deng Weijiang, vice chief of the Law and Order Team of the local Public Security Bureau, was fatally injured.

“They would not say that anyone died officially, and the arrest warrant issued did not bear any official stamps,” Mr. Zhu said.

Zhu’s son, Zhu Peiren, and his wife, have been arrested. Zhu himself is understood to be on the run. Zhu Peiren has been violently beaten according to villagers.

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Photos of students protesting the government's decision to close a local elementary school in Zhanjiang, Guangdong province in 2010 appeared on Sina Weibo, China's twitter. Officials closed the school in an attempt to force villagers out of their homes to make way for a planned construction project. (Screen shot from China's Twitter)

The eviction of Dongshan Town residents has been going on since 2008. Various measures have been utilized by local authorities to force the villagers out of their homes. Often, electricity and water service are stopped. Most notably—a local elementary school was asked to close, forcing 300 students to miss classes for over a month in 2010.

Villagers interviewed by The Epoch Times have reported that a total of 49 families refused to sign an agreement to relocate. For those who did, compensation promised to them has not been paid in full.

According to various blog posts on Sina Weibo (China’s Twitter), on May 13, 2011, over 500 people from the police bureau and management committee forcibly demolished some of the villagers’ homes. In outrage, villagers in Zhu’s village burned four police cars.

Similar episodes of killing government officials have occurred one after another recently. On May 12, Huang Shuanglai, chief of a village in Beichen, Tianjin, paid thugs to beat up a candidate who planned to run for the next election. Huang, along with his brother-in-law and nephew, were beaten to death during a violent fight.

On May 16, Qin Qiming, an officer from the local immigration office in Guilin, Guangxi, was stabbed to death by a villager who was trying to stop Qin’s team from demolishing his home.

On May 17, during a forced demolition, Zhang Bo, vice chief of the local law enforcement unit in Dejiang, Guizhu Province, was stabbed to death by the female owner of the house.

Read the original Chinese article.

Editor’s Note: When Chongqing’s former top cop, Wang Lijun, fled for his life to the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu on Feb. 6, he set in motion a political storm that has not subsided. The battle behind the scenes turns on what stance officials take toward the persecution of Falun Gong. The faction with bloody hands—the officials former CCP head Jiang Zemin promoted in order to carry out the persecution—is seeking to avoid accountability for their crimes and to continue the campaign. Other officials are refusing any longer to participate in the persecution. Events present a clear choice to the officials and citizens of China, as well as people around the world: either support or oppose the persecution of Falun Gong. History will record the choice each person makes.

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