Hong Kong Media: Source Reveals Xi Jinping Orders Investigation of Zhou Yongkang
On August 30, Hong Kong’s media reported a story
on the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) top leadership.
They will investigate Zhou Yongkang.
Zhou is a former head of the Politburo.
Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post quoted an inside
source, revealing information from recent Beidaihe meetings.
The top-levels decided to focus on investigating Zhou’s
corruption, during his tenure in Sichuan and PetroChina.
The report said that the investigation on Zhou will have more
political effect within the CCP, compared with Bo’s case.
The inside source also said that the CCP is furious
over the amount of assets that Zhou has seized.
The Beidaihe meeting attendees included former
leadership persons, who decided to investigate Zhou.
Xi Jinping issued the order.
The report analyzed that due to the potentially huge
effect this may have, the investigation report on Zhou
will not be published before the November party meeting.
Human Rights Watch: Chinese Communist Party Intensifies Suppression of Activists
On August 30, the organization
Human Rights Watch issued an report.
It said the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is
continuing a nationwide crackdown on dissents.
This is in an apparent campaign against
perceived challenges to one-Party rule.
The report said that from February 2013, at least 55
activists have been detained arbitrarily by authorities.
They have taken critics and online leaders into
custody, and increased controls on online expression.
The report mentions several former arrested
activists, including Beijing legal expert Xu Zhiyong.
They also include Guangdong activist Guo Feixiong, and
participants of the New Citizen Human Rights Campaign.
The report stated that according to the state media,
the State Council held a meeting on August 10 with
some of these bloggers, to ensure these opinion
leaders would not breach “seven bottom lines".
It reflects the authorities tightening internet controls.
The authorities claimed the “seven bottom
lines" are a crackdown on online rumors.
However, observers believe their purpose is to suppress
critics and silence the voice of those who seek justice.