Like almost all the cops around the world, China's police
officers used to have bad reputation among citizens before
of the PRC in 1949. It was Mao
Zedong's new government that renamed the police force
as People's Police and reformed the police culture to the
point that for decades the cops were regarded as one the
most respected and trusted groups in China.
But when Chinese government becomes more corrupt by the
year, that is particularly so since entering the 21st century,
the old police nature begins to catch up with the cops, and
many officers have cooperated with corrupt elements or even
entangled with underground criminal organizations.
The trend was only temporarily reversed in Chongqing under
the strong leadership of Bo
Xilai and Wang
Lijun, which makes corrupt
officials and organized criminals as well as some big multinationals very
Now once again donning black uniform (such as in Henan),
a great number of cops behave more and more like their old
colleagues who once terrorised 72 tenants in Shanghai.
But to be fair, Chinese cops are not the biggest bullies
in China. Many government officials, in the top leadership
the local level, are certainly much tougher and ruthless
than the guys in police uniform. However apart from the tyrants in
black suits and colourful ties, there is another group of
people who may or may not wear uniform or suit but are certainly
more cruel and brutal. These guys are known as "城管" -
chengguan - the urban administrative officers. The organization
is a monstrous force conveniently and menacingly created
individuals in the central government who have not yet
fully seized the control of the police force or the army.
When cops and chengguans work together, imagine what kind
of terror they can bring to the ordinary urban residents.
This gray haired man tried to earn some extra cashes through
selling small amount of vegetable, but since he couldn't
afford to buy an expensive place in a designated location,
his stall and goods were trashed by the chengguans, and a
further demand to pay a large amount of fine was issued.
The old man finds no help from cop so goes down to his knees
to beg for mercy.
Remember how Oakland
cops treated the veteran marines last November? Chinese
cops did the same to a group of veteran PLA soldiers merely
delivering their petition (广西区民政厅),
urging the government to release their rightful benefits
that are frequently denied by the corrupt officials. The
rough handling caused the injury of a war hero who won
the 1st-class Military Merit (原163师487团一等功臣老兵林广和).
To this coward
yet reckless Chinese administration, handing over petition
to government is somehow considered as a much more serious
offence than corruption or
This is a scene in Zhuhai of Guangdong Province under the
reign of Wang
Yang. An elderly couple making living by collecting and
selling recycling items had a quarrel with a traffic cop,
which drew a large number of onlookers that somehow triggered
police panic. One cop sprayed
pepper spray into the crowd, and the eyes of a 10-year
old boy and a two-year old girl were hurt. The police brutality
brought more passers-by joining the standoff with the men
in uniform, that resulted in traffic blockage.
But Chinese cops are not all rude, and certainly not rude
all the time - they can be very polite and extremely considerable
too, that is when they are with government officials. This
is a Chinese bikie gang led by a city chief who one day suddenly
felt an urge to check out how his subjects carried on with
their daily lives. He wanted to be seen as a man quite approachable,
so ordered all his subordinates to get on bikes as he did,
along with nine police motorcycles to clear the way for his
procession and a troop of journalists with cameras ready
When Chinese journalists do not follow the lead of a leader,
they can be very sorry. This is a journalist trying
to interview a government official from a housing administration
bureau in Henan, regarding an illegal project of luxury villas.
The agitated official beat the journalist up, then forced
him to keen while pointed a pistol at his head.
Last week, a team leader from government land administration
bureau ordered his men to demolish a single mother's house.
The woman's husband died in a work-related accident and she
has to raise up three kids on her own. With the compensation
fee received, she repaired the house, and the project was
just completed the day before the demolition. Watching the
shelter of her family reduced to pile of rubble, outraged
woman stabbed the officier in the heart.
Late last month, a 48-year old man was reportedly burnt
to death with petrol by around 30 criminal gang members over
a house demolition dispute.
This week, both US and Chinese state councils released "White
Paper" digging up dirt against each other's human rights
record, which we think is the only laughable matter we see
lately. By so doing they are virtually dragging each other
into a lose-lose situation, because the both sides are equally
bad, representing the interests of the 1% in America and
in China, with none of them deserving the high office they