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汕尾歷險記My adventurous trip in Shanwei  

2006-05-18 07:41:10|  分类: 默认分类 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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In today’s digital world, mainland governments are finding it harder to hide their “mistakes”, such as the fatal shooting of three people by the People’s Armed Police at Dongzhou village, Shanwei  of Guangdong on December 6 of 2005.

Despite being caught twice in three days and interrogated and body searched by officials from the municipal propaganda department and the National Security Bureau in Shanwei in the wake of the shootings and rioting against the building of a power station, my reports and photographs, in the best traditions of journalism, made it into print – thanks to internet, mobile phone and digital camera technology.

I was first stopped on the main road to Dongzhou by traffic police on the morning of December 9, my first day in Shanwei, when I was taking a taxi to get the village. Discovering that I was holding a Hong Kong Identity Card, the police called up three propaganda officials who swiftly whisked me off to their office for questioning.

But unexpectedly, they released me soon after they had clarified that “I was just a meddlesome Hong Kong resident”.

They told me that something serious had happened in Dongzhou, that it was dangerous to go there, and that I should return to Hong Kong as soon as possible.

Leaving the office, I called a Dongzhou villager I knew and he advised me to use public transport avoid further identity card checks.

On the mini bus trip to the village I saw traffic policemen, some holding photographs of protesters they were hunting, busily questioning young male residents.

Arriving at the village, I found hundreds of people, some of them relatives of the dead, kneeling in front of hundreds of armed policemen, begging for the return of the bodies so they could be afforded proper funerals. Bolstering this show of police strength were two armoured cars and more than a dozens military trucks.

Squatting hidden in the crowd, I took photographs through whatever gaps I could find, quickly removing and hiding the camera’s memory card after each flurry of photography.

On my second day in the village I tried to melt into the crowd and go unnoticed by the dozens of officials and hundreds of police present.

I certainly didn’t risk taking photos because the authorities were busily confiscating cameras. I could only shoot some slogans on the banners in the village.

But that night, I photographed and interviewed a man who had been hit in the face by a tear gas canister while watching the rioting.

However, on day three, with dozens of villagers still burning offerings in memory of the dead, I risked taking more photographs, this time through a peep-hole cut in a plastic bag full of fruit.

But my luck ran out in accordance with the old Chinese saying -- when you go up to the mountain too often, you will eventually encounter the tiger.

My tiger proved to be one of the traffic policemen I had encountered on the highway into Dongzhou on my first day. Recognizing me instantly as he worked his way through my bus to Shanwei city checking identity cards, he again called up propaganda officials to follow up my case, but got no response.

Finally, after about 30 minutes, a National Security officer was found and he took me to the Shanwei Propaganda Department office where I was interviewed by its vice-director, Liu Jingmao, section chief Lin Jianyou, and five subordinates.

The eight men fired questions at me after being shown my digital camera, which did not have any pictures in its memory.

They called a female staff member to search me and she found a note written by a Dongzhou villager about the reason for the local government asking for provincial government to help to suppress the riots.

However, she failed to find the camera memory chip I had hidden on my person.

But they had not intention of letting me off lightly.

With the officials waving the note in front of my eyes, I told them that I was a Hong Kong freelancer journalist and gave them with a website address and telephone number.

They took my mobile phone and tracked and noted all my phone calls and messages, stopping every now and then for explanations of the simplified words.

They even called the hotel where I stayed, but because it was a Sunday, the person on duty could only tell him that I had been a guest.

After nearly two hours’ questioning, vice-director Liu received a call and left the room, only to return a few minutes later with people I look to be a Western journalist, and his two Chinese assistants.

Mr Liu, who ordered the officers wrap up my case quickly so they could help him with the newcomers, told me he believed I had been misled by troublemakers.

“Don’t come here again at this sensitive time,” he said, adding that stopping foreign reporters entering Dongzhou was aimed at protecting their safety.

“This is because we are scared that some rioters in the village will kidnap you as a hostage,” said Mr Liu, only to be immediately corrected by section chief Lin Jianyou, one of his subordinates.

“No, no, that’s not likely to happen,” said Mr Lin.

After a few minutes’ political re-education, the officers made me put my finger print on documents containing my “confession” and records, and finally let me go.

On leaving the propaganda office, I quickly realized it was a case of me and my shadow: I was being followed.

My taxi driver finally shook him off while on the way to Shenzhen.

We Chinese have a saying that “paper can’t wrap up fire”, whereas mainland propaganda officers have a duty to put out fires.

But thanks to technology, news of the riots, deaths and heavy-handed police actions made it to the outside world… showing that the flame of truth still flickers.

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