Reporter Went Missing After Revealed Five Boys Death Incident
Voice of America reported that an activist and ex-reporter,
Li Yuanlong, who first revealed the story of 5 boys who
suffocated to death in a garbage bin after lighting a fire
to fend off the cold in Bijie city, Guizhou province, was taken away by police on Nov. 21.
The report said that Liu Feiyue, head of Civil Rights
and Livelihood Watch in China said that on the same day,
he spoke to Li Yuanlong on the phone,
and Li was in a police car.
Li told Liu that he wasn’t free to talk due to the fact that he
revealed the 5 boys’ incident, and he was forced to travel.
Soon, nobody could get a hold of Li Yuanlong.
On Nov. 16, Li Yuanlong confirmed five boys, between
9 and 13, suffocated to death in a rubbish bin.
Li posted the news on the Internet.
The next day, Li wrote an article revealing more details,
which drew the world media’s attention.
Later, many officials in Bijie city ceased working,
and some were dismissed.
Retirees Blocked Wang Yang And Li Yuanchao From Joining the Standing Committee
Reuters reported that sources with ties to the leadership said
pro-reform candidates Wang Yang, party secretary in Guangdong province,
and Li Yuanchao, minister of the party’s organization
were voted out of the standing committee.
Sources said that the reason behind this was party seniors
decided to drop Wang and Li.
The report said that according to sources,
just months before the 18th party congress,
among the outgoing 24 members of the politburo,
and more than 10 retired party senior posts,
held more than 10 rounds of debates for Standing Committee
list at Jingxi hotel, including at least two informal polls.
The sources said that elders wielded considerable influence
over the process and forced a 2nd poll in October to push out Li Yuanchao.
The sources said Li was out because he alienated some elders
by promoting too many of Hu Jintao’s allies in his capacity
as head of the party’s organization and by ignoring
recommendations by retirees.
The sources said party seniors decided to drop Wang Yang,
who was seen as a rival of Bo Xilai.
It is to avoid further upsetting pro-Mao factions in the party,
government and military, sources said.
Villagers in Yunnan Arrested After Stopping Wen Jiabao’s Car
In early September of this year, there was an earthquake
in Yiliang county in Yunnan province.
80 people died, and over 100,000 suffered from the disaster.
Wen Jabao visited the disaster areas.
During his visit, dozens of villagers from Fajie village,
including Liang Yonglan, kneeled down in front of Wen’s car.
Villagers told Wen about their local demolishing dispute.
Wen said that he would investigate related issues
and would give them response.
However, two months later, the problem still hadn’t
been resolved, and 20 villagers were detained.
Liang Yonglan was suspected of being an organizer
of the event, and on Nov. 19, Liang was arrested from her home.