The “Transparent" People in China
In China, there are “transparent" people.
They live a transparent life, in which their mails,
whereabouts, and phones are under surveillance
by the Communist regime.
The number of these people is unknown, and those
in charge of the surveillance are also unknown.
What is known is that there are many of them.
On Nov. 20 the Chinese writer Murong Xuecun published,
in the New York Times Chinese print, that Hao Jian,
a professor at the Beijing Film Academy and government
critic, is politely asked by the police “to have a cup of tea
about once a month."
Accordingly, this “tea" cannot be rejected.
“To me, your life is totally transparent", a police officer told
Mr. Hao during one of his recent chats, wrote the article.
Hao Jian’s cousin was shot and killed
in the 1989 Beijing Tiananmen massacre.
Mr. Hao, a participant in 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre
forums, has since been targeted by the police.
They “tap his phone, read his email and follow him."
“On special occasions, … the government forbids him
to leave China", he says.
According to Murong Xuecun, dozens of his acquaintances
are compelled to lead transparent lives.
He revealed that the authorities also watch organizers
of church services held in private homes,
Falun Gong practitioners and simple petitioners.
It is unknown how many people are under surveillance
and which agency oversees the task.
In recent years, the Communist regime surveillance effort
has gone wide and deep as stated in the article.
“China is blanketed with surveillance cameras", it reads.
China tops the world in ‘urban surveillance’.
Xinjiang media claimed that Urumqi is equipped with
high resolution cameras, anti-smashing, anti-burn,
auto-focus, 360 degree-rotation,
and infrared night monitoring function.
July 2010, Xinjiang capital Urumqi was installed with more
than forty thousand cameras on buses, in railway stations,
schools, kindergartens, shopping centers, and supermarkets.
Xinjiang authorities claim more cameras will be installed
to cover the entire city, and ensure “seamless coverage"
in key areas.
Lin Zixu, commentator: “The many cameras only
reflects the fear of the CCP.
Surveillance cameras in a normal society
are for offenders and social security.
The cameras in China are for the general public
and the regime security."
Wei Qunying is Xinjiang Military District Staff member
Guo Zhongyuan’s widow.
She has petitioned for her husband for the past
four decades and was jailed three times.
The 70-year-old woman is the object of the stability
maintenance and is under surveillance 24 hours a day.
Hu Jun, the organizer of Human Rights Campaign in China:
“Where I live, there are cameras everywhere.
Outside of the apartment, there is a big camera by the door,
there’s another one next door,
and three or four across the street.
They always question visitors about who they are
and why they are coming.
People are baffled. You can’t have a normal life.
It happens frequently."
Ms. Liu is Falun Gong practitioner residing in the U.S.
She suspected that her house was being monitored
when she lived in Beijing.
Ms. Liu, a Falun Gong practitioner from China: “I wanted
to visit my father after I got out of the labor camp.
Immediately after I was done packing, the police came
and asked where I was going.
He indicated that I must apply before I leave Beijing.
How would the police know that I was leaving?
I had just finished packing and he knew already."
Wang Jianfen is an activist from Wuxi, Jiangsu.
In May this year, she revealed that the victims of the “Hainan
Wanning sex case" have been under tremendous pressure.
The authorities conduct comprehensive surveillance on them
and threaten, “Wherever you go, whomever you meet,
and whatever you say, we know all about it."
Murong Xuecun wrote, “As an outspoken writer,
I have become paranoid.
I often suspect that I am being followed and videotaped."
Lin Zixu points out that authorities claimed that the cameras
are for the safety of the people, but in fact they are
for the convenience of the Communist ruling.
They watch closely when it matters to the regime,
and shut their eyes when it matters to the people.
For example, he says, “Tens of thousands of cameras
suddenly went blind on the missing baby in Jilin.
That explains the attitude and the problems
of the Communist regime."
Interview & Edit/ChangChun Post-Production/LiYong