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Rape Case Reveals Chinese Regime’s Dilemma

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Rape Case Reveals Chinese Regime’s Dilemma
Waitress’s self defense strikes chord throughout China
By Tianliang Zhang May 26, 2009 .

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/17310/

A recent rape case in China helps illustrate the dilemma facing the Chinese Communist Party as it faces the anger born of its own corruption and misgovernment.

On May 10, three local CCP officials, Deng Guida, Deng Zhongjia, and Huang Dezhi, went to a recreational venue in Badong County in Hubei Province looking for sex after eating and drinking. A waitress there named Deng Yujiao refused their demands for “special service,” and they attempted to force her.

According to her lawyer, she was raped and may have been gang raped. She resisted and stabbed one of the three officials several times with a fruit knife. Deng Guida died on the way to the hospital.

When this event became known, the Chinese people rallied to waitress Yujiao’s side. Ninety-two percent of the posts on an Internet BBS supported her, and few showed sympathy for the dead official. The case also attracted intense national media attention.

Nonetheless, the police immediately detained Yujiao in Youfu Hospital, a psychiatric hospital the police control. It is reported that in the hospital, Yujiao said the police threatened her and told her that she could “avoid the death penalty” if she admitted she had psychiatric problems. The police said this would “give the government a way out.”

Last Friday, the State Council Information Office (SCIO) issued explicit instructions regarding this case: “Every Web site should cool down its reporting of the Deng Yujiao case.” SCIO also ordered this case should not be treated as headline news; it should be trivialized, and online comments should be strictly limited.

In particular, SCIO stipulated, “harmful information that viciously attacks the CCP and the government, attacks the Justice system, or promotes democracy and human rights needs to be deleted with firm determination!”

Why such an ordinary criminal case can become so complicated may be hard to understand. It attracts not only intensive media attention and strong support for the presumed victim Deng Yujiao from all over the country, but also prompts orders from the SCIO. And, even if Deng Yujiao is suspected of murder, why force her to admit that she has mental problems in order “to give the government a way out?”

Deng Yujiao, the presumed victim, and Deng Guida, the presumed perpetrator, are no longer two individuals. Deng Yujiao becomes the representative of ordinary people who are enraged by the CCP’s corruption and insults. Deng Guida becomes the representative of the communist regime.

When ordinary people seek justice for Deng Yujiao, they are seeking justice for themselves. When the CCP sees the people’s anger, it knows the anger is not pointing at Deng Guida as an individual. It knows that anger is pointing at all the CCP officials who are like Deng Guida.

The Fire in Weng’An

On June 28, 2008, more than 10,000 people gathered in Weng’An, a small town in Guizhou Province, and the police station was set on fire. The police dispersed the crowd with an armored car. Three were killed, 150 people were injured, and 300 were arrested.

A rape and possible murder triggered this protest. A girl named Li Shufen, who attended the local middle school, had been raped and then drowned. Whether her death was suicide or murder was not clear. Individuals with ties to the local CCP officials were implicated.

The girl’s uncle, Li Xiuzhong, who taught in the local school, went to the police to seek help. The police simply ignored him even though Li Xiuzhong then argued with them. Right after he left the police station, a few people beat him. He suffered a cracked bone and was hospitalized. Starting from the school where Li Xiuzhong teaches, 10,000 people gathered and moved to outside the police station to protest. A few people set the building on fire.

On July 3, Shi Zongyuan, the head of the CCP Committee in Guizhou Province, summarized the event in this way: “This case, although the factual, direct reason is the argument about the girl’s cause of death, the in-depth reason is that the local government has damaged the people’s interest so often during the process of ore mining, emigrant settlement, and the removal of original residences by tearing down their buildings. ... When the confrontation happened, some officials did nothing and simply pushed the police to the front line. This case looks like an accident, but it was bound to happen. It was only a matter of time.”

The CCP officials clearly know that if Deng Yujiao is given a verdict of self defense and found innocent, that verdict goes beyond her own situation. Such a verdict would admit the people’s rights of resistance or revolution when facing abuse from the CCP officials. Moreover, such a verdict will be a clear signal that if people stand united and fight hard, they will get what they want.

On the one hand, the CCP officials fear that if the CCP compromises, people may ask for human rights and democracy. Moreover, a regime can only exist with supporters. Since ordinary people are angry towards the regime, corrupt officials like Deng Guida become the regime’s only foundation. The regime simply cannot afford to lose such supporters by standing against Deng Guida. And if democracy does come to China, a majority of the CCP officials would be brought to justice.

On the other hand, if the CCP ignores the people’s anger, discontent will only increase. That is why CCP seeks a third way; this is why the police in Badong County want to claim that Deng Yujiao has a mental problem.

As more and more people challenge this accusation that Yujiao has mental problems, the CCP will likely fall back upon strict methods. It will sentence Deng Yujiao to imprisonment fearing that any further compromise will allow the people to adopt Deng Yujiao as an exemplary figure.

Last Updated: May 26, 2009

 

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