“Feeling of Happiness” Is Different Inside and Outside the Two Meetings
During the Two Meetings in China,
“feeling of happiness" became one of the hot terms.
Many NPC representatives have mentioned
the need to enhance people’s happiness.
Do Chinese people outside the conference
feel happiness at all?
Are their properties, rights, and lives protected?
Let’s take a look.
Before the Two Meetings, Premier Wen Jiabao
described “happiness” as people living comfortably,
peacefully, with confidence in the future.
There are lots of proposals from representatives
during the Two Meetings on people’s livelihood
and how to improve people’s “feelings of happiness.”
Gao Liping is a citizen of Baicheng, Jilin Province.
She has been petitioning for 20 years,
because her taxi was forcefully taken
and seriously damaged by local authorities.
During the Two Meetings this year,
Gao and her husband went to Beijing to petition,
but were stopped by the police who drove for
two hours before dumping them in the suburbs.
“I said we will take a taxi to go back to the city.
Before I could get on the taxi, the police and officials
from my city ordered the taxi to leave.
I was tossed out. I am still currently hospitalized
with bone fractures. One of my legs is swollen.
I cannot move.”
Beijing is in curfew during the “Two Meetings.”
Many armed policemen and plainclothes are deployed
at each subway station and bus station.
Their main goal is to arrest petitioners.
During the “Two Meetings”, ex-worker Xu Fengru
from Jilin Province went to Beijing to appeal.
Local officials said, if she is caught, she will be
sent directly to a labor camp or mental hospital.
Xu fengru left a suicide note before taking off.
She has petitioned for many years for worker’s
compensation, pension and her father’s home
taken away by the authorities without compensation.
She was beaten many times by police officers and
the policemen sent to stop her from petitioning.
“They beat me in the head.
There were blood clots in my nose.
I lost control of bladder or rectum functions."
During the “Two Meetings”, over one thousand
Shanghai petitioners came to Beijing to petition.
They presented “A Chinese Citizen’s Legitimate
Rights Protection Proposal” to the “Two Meetings”
on March 3, 4, and 5.
Shanghai petitioners Wang Kouma went to Beijing
to appeal for his mother who died in detention
after Shanghai Zhabei District authorities’ perjury.
He was sentenced to one and half years forced labor
for appealing in Beijing for his mother, and was
beaten to permanent handicap in the labor camp.
He questioned the authorities’ perjury
by including his story in the foregoing proposal
submitted to the “Two Meetings.”
Shanghai petitioner Wang Kouma: “The authorities
forge evidences and can get away from inquiry or
investigation. However, even if we folks present
100 pieces of evidence, there is no use.
They just need one forgery, one seal to change
our fate and deprive us of our property and lives."
Song Yujie from Northeast China has petitioned
many years for her home violently demolished
by the local government. During the “Two Meetings,”
Song Yujie appealed in Beijing.
The Petition Office did not even register her case,
but sent her back.
She felt she had been forced into a dead end.
“People do not have any way to survive.
Corrupt officials are everywhere.
The “Two Meetings” are simply for them
to get connected with each other.
We are so frustrated.”
Currently, it is known that more than 300 Shanghai
petitioners were arrested and sent back on March 5,
waiting to be put into labor camps.
It is unknown whether the “feeling of happiness”
raised in the “Two Meetings” also applies to them?
NTD Reporters Zhao Xinzhi ,Guo Jing and Fu Ming