HK Media: Jiang Zemin’s Secretary under Investigation
On Jan.24, Hong Kong Economic Journal quoted sources
from Beijing, which said Jia Tingan, PLA general and deputy
director of the PLA’s General Political Department,
had been placed under investigation by Central Commission
of Discipline Inspection (CCDI) on the 23rd.
Jia was said to have attended the condolence ceremony
of the deceased former Vice Chairman of Central Military
Commssion, Zhang Wannian, on the previous day.
The report stressed the fact that Jia Tingan used to be
long-term secretary of former CCP leader Jiang Zemin.
On Jan.13, a latest Yanhuang Chunqiu article detailed how
former deputy naval commander Wang Shouye was
promoted despite his serious problems.
Wang had been sentenced to life imprisonment
on corruption charges.
The article suggests that Jia Tingan and Jiang Zemin
were Wang’s backstage bosses.
So far the CCDI has not officially confirmed
the investigation of Jia Tingan.
Shanghai Civilians Respond to Mayor’s Comments
on Stampede with Resignation Call
On Jan.25, Shanghai mayor Yang Xiong made governmental
work report at a municipal People’s Congress meeting.
Yang commented on the stampede accident, claiming they
felt “extremely sorrowful, guilty and self-condemned.
Yang said, the involved responsible ones had been “strictly
held accountable" for the stampede.
Yang’s words again drew anger from Shanghai civilians.
Many demanded the resignation of municipal leaders.
Netizens left online messages such as
“You felt guilty? Then just resign".
Reportedly, 36 died and 49 injured during the stampede
accident on New Year Eve at the Bund.
Last week, Shanghai government announced discipline
on 11 district-level officials, including the party secretary
and president of Huangpu District.
However, no municipal-level officials are held
accountable for the accident.
A Free Asia Radio report quoted interviews from
Shanghai civilians, who said no matter what party officials
said, Shanghai people would always be unhappy if the
mayor and the party secretary escaped punishment.
Shenzhen: Over a Thousand Kaisa House Owners Demonstrate
On Jan.24, over a thousand owners of Kaisa Group’s
apartments demonstrated at the square where
the municipal government of Shenzhen is located.
They wore white t-shirts reading “I Love My Home"
and shouted slogans of “Return Houses to Us".
Protesters sat still in the square, demanding the authority
protect their rights.
Hundreds of police officers guarded the demonstration
and 2 protestors were arrested.
Since late 2014, five housing projects of Kaisa Group were
consecutively frozen from sales by the authority
Following this, Kaisa experienced chairman’s resignation,
debt defaults and mass cooperation termination.
Over 20 financial institutions also issued requests to
freeze Kaisa’s properties.
All this chain of incidents shocked Kaisa’s house owners,
as they are afraid of losing all their payments.
Consequently, Kaisa’s house owners in Shenzhen began
rights defending demonstration in mid-January.