. China News .

China dissident makes film on disputed death
by Staff Writers
Beijing (AFP) Jan 25, 2013

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei has made a 102-minute film on the death of a villager whose crushing by a truck sparked public anger and rattled authorities, he announced Friday.

A court in eastern Zhejiang province in 2011 ruled the gruesome death of 53-year-old Qian Yunhui accidental, triggering outrage from those who suspected he was killed for campaigning over land seizures.

"We don't know how he died," Ai told AFP by phone. "It's not possible to take a position because in China there is no truth for any incident. It's just always half of the truth and half of the truth is not the truth."

Ai, an internationally renowned avant-garde artist, has emerged as a fierce critic of the government in Beijing, often through his prolific use of the Internet.

The film about Qian -- which Ai said took two years to make -- was posted on YouTube and includes footage of the site of the death and interviews with villagers and others about the case.

Qian, the leader of Zhaiqiao village, had sought compensation for farmers whose land was confiscated to make way for a power station, and his death stirred passions after doubt was cast on the official version of events.

Explicit photos posted online appeared to show him crushed under the wheels of a truck.

Qian had been detained three times since 2005 for repeatedly demanding compensation for farmers after nearly 150 hectares (370 acres) of land was seized by Zhejiang Provincial Energy Group Company, earlier reports said.

Chatrooms hosting discussions of the case on Netease and other major Chinese portals were later shut down, apparently to stifle anti-government comments.

Land requisitions by the authorities, often in collusion with real estate developers, remain one of China's most controversial issues, with officials routinely accused of enriching themselves through arbitrary land grabs.

The ruling Communist party has indicated mounting concern over that and other controversial issues such as corruption and environmental degradation that are blamed for thousands of public protests each year.

Ai's outspoken criticism of China's leaders and involvement in sensitive social campaigns have made him a thorn in the government's side.

He is known for tallying the number of schoolchildren killed in a 2008 earthquake, a taboo subject because many schools collapsed while other buildings did not, fuelling suspicion that corruption led to poor construction.

Ai was detained for 81 days in 2011 during a roundup of activists at the time of the Arab Spring popular uprisings. On his release he was accused of tax evasion and barred from leaving the country for one year.


Related Links
China News from SinoDaily.com

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Memory Foam Mattress Review

Newsletters :: SpaceDaily Express :: SpaceWar Express :: TerraDaily Express :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Get Our Free Newsletters
Space - Defense - Environment - Energy - Solar - Nuclear


China woman held in morgue for three years: media
Beijing (AFP) Jan 25, 2013
A Chinese woman was held in an abandoned morgue for three years after serving hard labour for complaining about her husband's own detention, state-run media said Friday. Chen Qingxia was guarded by sanitation workers at the facility in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang, the Global Times said. Her difficulties began in 2003 when her husband was sentenced to "re-education through l ... read more

Foreign visitors flock back to post-disaster Japan

Slow progress in Latam, EU trade talks

French/Chinese shipping groups CMA CGM, CMHI unveil tie up

Japan logs record trade deficit in 2012

Dutch court to rule in Nigerian farmers' case against Shell

Hong Kong: home of world's cheapest Michelin restaurants

Cows fed flaxseed produce more nutritious dairy products

Studies Show Biosolids Can Boost Soil Phosphorus Levels for Years

Troops and drones to bolster new UN Congo peace bid

Outside View: Building a secure Somalia

S.Africa court freezes military transfer to Zimbabwe

Eritrean troops besiege mutineers in Asmara

Japan's top three automakers post record 2012 sales

Volvo set to be world leader in heavy trucks after China merger

Toyota, Nissan announce record sales for 2012

Caterpillar's China woes warn foreign investors

French government backs ex-Areva boss to head EADS: report

France names ex-Areva boss to EADS board

Bulgarian nuclear referendum on track to fail

World's biggest nuke plant may shut: Japan report

US charges East European cyber virus gang

Global Web censors use devices from US firm: study

Russian cyberlab discovers new virus

Anonymous hacks Argentina data agency

China's Xi given Japan PM's letter amid islands row

Kerry vows to strengthen 'critical' China ties

Former Chinese leader takes step back: reports

Taiwan boat returns after Japan water cannon duel

Japan plans world's largest wind farm

China revs up wind power amid challenges

Algonquin Power Buys 109 MW Shady Oaks Wind Power Facility

British group pans wind farm compensation

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2012 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement