Hospital or Prison?
Recently, after Xu Wu had escaped from Wuhan』s
Iron & Steel Workers』 Hospital, he was interviewed
by Southern Television (STV). Soon he was taken
away by the plainclothes. A STV reporter confirmed
that Xu Wu is back to the hospital which is now
putting on window bars and adding more police.
Xu Wu, 43, petitioned about unfair hospital policies:
unequal pay for equal work and deduction of wages.
Thus he was diagnosed with paranoia psychosis
3 time and was detained 4 years in the hospital.
Escaping twice, he is now back in the hospital.
Why a hospital can use police to bring back
escaped patients? It is believed that local authorities
use the hospital as a black prison for petitioners.
On April 19, Xu Wu escaped this hospital and went
to Guangzhou Mental Hospital, hoping that there
someone would confirm his normalcy.
On April 27, after being interviewed by STV,
he was taken away by a group of unidentified people
and the whole process was recorded on a video tape.
Reports claim that Xu Wu was received by Prof. Lin
in the Guangzhou Mental Hospital. Lin recorded
that Xu suffers from low self esteem and depression.
Xu intended to have further evaluation
by well-known organizations after the interview.
However, he was taken away by plainclothes instead.
STV guards detained one of them, but he refused
to disclose his identity, giving Zhou as his last name.
Faguang reported: “Wuhan is one of the few cities
that does neuropsychological tests in cases
where if guardians and close relatives are not able
to send the patient to a hospital, the work units and
public security bureau can be authorized to assist.”
However, Wu Xu never exhibited harmful behavior
and had no confirmed mental diagnosis, yet police,
without authorization from his guardians or relatives,
insisted on arresting him.
XinhuaNet reported: “Chen Zhonghua, the director
of the hospital, believes that dealing with Xu
is too energy consuming and that he said once
that Xu should not be in the hospital, however
Chen』s superiors have disagreed with that.”
Faguang reported: “Guangzhou』s diagnosis directly
contradicts to that of Wuhan』s. Public opinions are:
use of mental illness as an excuse for an arrest.”
In reality, local authorities of many areas are using
psychological tests to silence dissenting voices.
NTD reporters Li Ting and Wang Mingyu