» 05/28/2011, 00.00
Qian Mingqi blew himself up to demand justice and call attention to his plight
He set off three blasts in front of government buildings in Fuzhou. He was desperate because of the many injustices he had to endure. Even though he lost two homes to expropriation for public use, the land remained vacant and he was never fully compensated. In a microblog, he told his story of ordinary injustice.
Anti-land grab village chief dies in suspicious Christmas road accident
Qian Yunhui, head of Zhaiqiao village, fought for years against forced land seizures at the expenses of local farmers. On several occasions, he was detained and held in prison for petitioning the authorities. On Christmas day, a lorry hit and killed him. Residents of his village took to the street demanding justice in what many think is a case of murder.
Authorities ban talk on suspicious incident that killed Qian Yunhui
The village leader steadfastly defended farmers’ rights against land seizures. Eyewitnesses say they saw people place his body before the lorry that crushed him. Police disperse protesters and arrest Qian’s relatives.
Beijing blogger sentenced to 3 years for "spreading rumors" online
Qin Zhihui is the first victim of the law passed in September 2013 against micro-blogs, increasingly active in denouncing corruption and scandals . The courts have handed down the sentence without investigating allegations of defamation brought against the blogger .
Anyone asking for justice in China can end up in prison, forced labour or tortured
According to a human rights group, tens of people in Heilongjiang are locked up in prison or sent to Re-education-through-Labour camps to stop them from presenting petition against local authorities.
Academics warn that social unrest could pose threat to economy
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