采访编辑/张天宇 后制/ 李勇
The Aftermath of The Kunming Killings
Since the Kunming massacre occurred on March 1, not only is the security of domestic China now a concern to citizens, but they are also feeling the threat of subsequent panic and anxiety.
Recently, thousands of terrified passersby ran when there was a hoax of “someone’s stabbing"; it occurred in two cities.Chinese netizens criticized how people have lost confidence in authorities among the endless stream of protests and violence. The panic reflects the Chinese lack of a sense of security.
The killings in Kunming, Yunnan not only shocked those at home and abroad but also left an indelible shadow on the people. Anything about “stabbing" can lead to public panic.
Radio Free Asia quoted the Guangzhou Public Security report, that on March 15, a thief in a clothing wholesale market of Guangzhou shouted, “Someone’s stabbing," when making his escape from the police.This had thousands of nearby merchants and customers running in panic, hiding the thief in the crowds. After a large number of police, armed police, fire engines, and riot team arrived at the scene, witnesses confirmed it was a false alarm an hour later.
Coincidentally, Chengdu also just had a similar stampede triggered by a rumor of ‘stabbing’. The Chinese media reported that on March 14 hundreds of people
suddenly appeared running in horror on a busy street in Chengdu. It was later confirmed by local police that it was triggered by a rumor “Someone’s stabbing".
Huang Qi, founder of Chinese human rights website, 64tianwang.com: “It has caused many people to react.Anyway, the scene was very confusing. I know the latest. The police have detained the relevant people."
Voice of America reported according to Liu Xiangnan, a journalist’s Weibo description was: “A group of minority compatriots walked on the street. People in Chengdu saw them and got scared. They started to run. The minorities saw Chengdu people were running, without knowing what happened, they got scared and ran too. When Chengdu people saw those minorities running, they were even more frightened and started to scream and run. Therefore, the entire street went into this chaotic vicious circle of running and screaming ……"
What caused the people to believe the rumors so easily?
Why would “someone’s stabbing" lead to thousands of people fleeing in panic?
It is commented that behind the panic, it reflects the Chinese sense of security is greatly lacking.
Huang Qi: “As we all know, the series of terrifying incidents in today’s China have led to the public distrust of security. The unstable society has led the people not trusing the social order and Chinese Communist Party (CCP) government. Therefore, the rumors are easily believed."
In the height of the panic, the CCP has put out a heightened alert in some areas. However, it is pointed out that the heightened alert by the authorities has had an adverse effect. People are now more concerned about the security than before.
Huang Qi: “Police in our place, Chengdu, are also patrolling with guns these days. But that is not much substantive help, it actually enhances the horror.
People associate the armed officials with much concern. It only induces more rumors, leading to greater social unrest."
Upon learning that the Governor of Calif. was coming to visit, There are netizens questioning where all the money for stability maintenance has gone.
Why after spending 700 to 800 billion yuan to maintain stability, is the society only getting more unstable?
Huang Qi: “It is because they never address the grass roots of peoples’ grievances. People will only continue to fight. That is the fundamental cause
of all the conflicts in China today. The society will only become peaceful when peoples’ rights are protected and infringements are resolved."
Guangzhou activist Guo Jianhe indicates the many “terrorists acts" were actually desperate protesters forced by the CCP neglecting the disadvantaged people.
Violent acts such as these will only escalate because of the higher coercion of the CCP.
Interview & Edit/Zhang Tianyu Post-Production/LiYong