La polizia ha percosso la moglie di un ufficiale di alto grado

La polizia cinese ha, per sbaglio, percosso la moglie di un ufficiale di grado elevato confondendola per una querelante.

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Chinese commentators have called for better treatment of petitioners after police beat the wife of a high-ranking law enforcement official, reportedly mistaking her for a complainant. According to Chinese media, the party chief of the local police bureau told her afterwards: “This incident is a total misunderstanding. Our police officers never realised that they beat the wife of a senior leader.”The comment sparked outrage, with one person reportedly responding: “Does it mean the police are not supposed to beat leaders’ wives, but that the ordinary people can be battered?” Chen Yulian, from Hubei province in central China, was knocked to the ground and beaten for more than 15 minutes by plain-clothed officers, a report in the Southern Metropolis Daily said. The 58-year-old had been trying to enter a provincial office building in Wuhan to meet an official. The paper said six unidentified men rushed out of the gate and began pummelling her. They were later identified as public security officers who had allegedly been assigned to “subdue” petitioners. According to the newspaper, she was then taken to a police bureau and scolded when she requested medical treatment. Only after she called her husband – who is reportedly in charge of maintaining stability, meaning he would oversee the handling of petitioners – was she taken to hospital, where staff said she had concussion and other injuries. Wuhan police referred the Guardian to a news article which said three officers had been suspended. Chinese media reported today that three officers were reprimanded, one of them being transferred to another job. Zhou Ze, a Beijing-based lawyer, told China Daily: “This type of incident is a direct result of the authorities’ connivance on the illegal measures of law enforcement officers to deal with petitioners.” The petition system is a last resort for thousands of ordinary citizens with grievances. In theory it allows them to seek redress from higher authorities in cases involving issues such as court judgments, land seizures, redundancy or corruption. But writing in the Southern Daily, columnist Zhou Hucheng said it was obvious that wide-ranging reform of the system was needed.”Instances of petitioners being beaten, locked up in psychiatric facilities, or even sent to re-education through labour are too numerous to count,” he said. He blamed the pressure on local governments to maintain social stability, adding that in some places “even a single case of petitioning to higher authorities will result in officials from the petitioner’s locality being penalised with a warning or removal from office. So, for them, no method is too extreme in dealing with petitioners. “Hu Xingdou, an economics professor at Beijing Institute of Technology and a wellknown blogger on social affairs, said: “Cases like petitioners being beaten up are happening again and again; the only special thing about this one is that they beat the wrong person. There wouldn’t be news [about the case] if she was an ordinary person”. But he added: “I don’t think the attention can improve petitioners’ situation. China is still using traditional methods, training officials, and officials at all levels are trying to stop petitioners.”

Fonte: Guardian.co.uk ,  23 luglio 2010

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