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Cina: assaliti 3 giornalisti nella loro stanza di hotel

Le autorità cinesi hanno assalito tre giornalisti di una agenzia di stampa giapponese nella loro stanza di albergo in Pechino, prendendoli a calci e distruggendo due computers. I giornalisti si trovavano in Cina per il Giorno Nazionale in programma per il 1° ottobre.

Segue il comunicato di Human Rights Without Frontiers

Chinese authorities assaulted three journalists from a Japanese news agency in their Beijing hotel room, the agency said, kicking them and destroying two computers.

The three journalists from Kyodo News were in the Chinese capital covering a National Day rehearsal when authorities stormed into the room of their hotel last night, the news agency said.

Kyodo alleged a reporter and two cameramen were kicked “and hit their heads to make them kneel down…”, without specifying who the “authorities” were. It also did not disclose the nationality of the three journalists.

They threw the two computers out of the room and into the corridor of the hotel, which is near Tiananmen Square, the venue of the National Day celebrations scheduled for October 1.

China’s Foreign Ministry had ordered news organisations not to take photos when the country conducted a rehearsal September 6, but the ministry has not issued such an order since then, according to Kyodo.

Security forces have swarmed over central Beijing in the lead-up to a parade that will mark 60 years since the founding of Communist China.

Businesses, schools, and traffic shut down as columns of tanks and assorted other military vehicles bearing missiles and an array of other hardware rumbled down the city’s deserted main east-west thoroughfare, the Avenue of Heavenly Peace, and towards Tiananmen Square.

Chinese Communists flirt with democracy to infuse fresh blood

China is celebrating 60 years of the Communist revolution with an ironical twist. Communist leaders feel it is time to flirt with democracy. But it will remain a limited form of coquetry with little chance of blossoming into a full-fledged romance any time soon.

The Communist Party of China Central Committee has decided to “expand intra-Party democracy to develop people’s democracy” and resolutely fight corruption. Party leaders called for improving “the democratic decision-making mechanism within the Party in order to maintain the CPC’s centralization and unity,” the party organ, People’s Daily said.

Stated simply, Communist leaders are trying to create safety valves within the system to allow the youthful sections in the party to voice their opinion while ensuring they do not become rebels. There is also an attempt to choose a new set of “professional” leaders, which might result in some older leaders being shown the door.

The CPC said in a communiqué that it has given itself a set of “long-term, complicated and draconian tests” to judge its ruling capability in this era of wide spread reforms and adoption of a market economy system.

In fact, the CPC made no bones of the fact that it is worried about quite a few problems in the party “that ran counter to new circumstances and the Party’s nature”. These problems are “severely weakening the Party’s creativity, unity and effectiveness,” it said in a communiqué based on decisions taken at a meeting on Friday.

The party must “stick to a democratic, open, competitive, credible, merit-based and vigorous mechanism of selecting party officials in order to foster more excellent cadres” it said. The CPC wants the party officials to be “revolutionary, young, knowledge-based and professional”, it said.

At the same time, every effort will be made to ensure that the role of the senior leaders and the party congress is not undermined. It has been made clear that the ultimate goal is to make sure that CPC’s control over the vast network of Communist functionaries do not falter with changing times, sources pointed out.

Internal democracy was “the lifeblood of the party,” it said while advising members to stick to “democratic centralism,” with democracy as a base and centralism as a guide. Improvements will be carried out in the process of internal elections to “extensively absorb the will and views of all Party members and bring their initiative and creativity to a full play,” the document said.

Party leaders said the challenge of managing the party has never been more onerous and pressing as it is today. Defects within the party were “severely” harming the ties of flesh and blood between the Party and people, it said.

The CPC told party members to be prepared for dangers in times of peace and make sure that the party’s “backbone” position in people’s minds is not affected in the face of different challenges in the domestic and international situations.

Grassroots organizations were the foundation of the entire Party work and acted as “fighting bastions” in implementing the CPC policies, the document said suggesting that more attention will be paid to provincial and county leaders than in the part.

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