Chinese Official’s Wife Beaten By Mistake
In a terrible miscarriage of justice, plainclothes police severely beat the wife of an important provincial official in a horrendous case of mistaken identity. This case has become one of the hottest topics on the Chinese Internet as it clearly exposes citizen abuse at the hands of hired thugs and the police.
Apart from the obvious fact that beating up anyone is clearly wrong, in this particular instance, the woman was beaten because she was thought to be a citizen petitioning offices in the hope of redressing wrongs committed by the government.
Last month, six public security officers attacked Chen Yulian, the wife of a provincial law enforcement officer, when she tried to enter her husband’s office building, which also houses the Hubei provincial party headquarters.
Despite her many attempts to explain that she was only visiting her husband who worked in the building, Chen was knocked to the ground, transported to the police station and yelled at when she requested medical attention. She sustained a concussion and damaged brain and nerve tissues.
“This incident is a total misunderstanding. Our police officers never realized that they beat the wife of a senior leader. A strong wave of fists rained down on her for more than 16 minutes,” the Communist Party chief of the district bureau told the press.
This incident reveals the ongoing need that borders on obsession for Chinese officials to maintain social stability even if they have to get bloody in order to enforce it.
Petitioners who feel victimized by the government’s seizure of land and unfair lay-offs take their grievances to Beijing every day in hopes they can find some justice for wrongs committed.
Instead, they get beaten up.
“Does this mean the police are not allowed to beat the wives of our leaders, but ordinary people can be battered?” asked an anonymous visitor to Chen’s hospital ward.
Terrible shadows of Gestapo tactics are alive and well in China and may not be erased so quickly.
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