China Sentences Food Safety Advocate to Over Two Years in Prison

The Chinese have jailed another activist. This time the victim is Zhao Lianhai, the father of a child sickened by one of the country’s food safety scandals. At least six children died from melamine-tainted milk in 2008 and Zhao’s son was injured. More than 300,000 children were left with kidney problems. Zhao has been demanding answers. He just received one in the form of a 2½ years in prison sentence for “disturbing social order.”


Zhao had given interviews with foreign journalists and organized parents holding up small signs in front of a factory. That was enough to send him to jail for years in the worker’s paradise also known as the People’s Republic of China.

The Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao was just in France (when I was there) and celebrated for his country’s amazing economic success. He has been discussing his move toward democracy and civil liberties with Western media. Just don’t bring a small sign . . .

Source: Human Rights in China

8 thoughts on “China Sentences Food Safety Advocate to Over Two Years in Prison

  1. Hey man there is a difference….if your company pays it people the least and not make the most profit….you should go to jail….say for 6 years…..

  2. Per the article, the exact charge was ““picking quarrels and provoking trouble.”

    Note to Self: Avoid trips to China.

  3. Buddha wrote, “Coming soon to a court room near you.”

    In the meantime, our government is quietly working the “political psychiatry” angle. (Whatever happened to Russell Tice?)

  4. For those who don’t know of whom anon nurse speaks, a refresher:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russ_Tice

    The moral of Russell’s story?

    Be careful about reporting Constitutional crimes committed by the NSA, CIA and DIA or they’ll have a quack label you a psychotic paranoid and drum you out of government service.

  5. Thanks for posting the additional information on Russell Tice.

    It’s happening to others, as well, albeit quietly. It’s quite the Orwellian game…

  6. Assertive Chinese Held in Mental Wards

    By SHARON LaFRANIERE and DAN LEVIN Published: November 11

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/12/world/asia/12psych.html?_r=1&hp

    excerpt:

    Xu Lindong’s confinement in a locked mental ward was all the more notable, his brother says, for one extraordinary fact: he was not the least bit deranged.

    Angered by a dispute over land, he had merely filed a series of complaints against the local government. The government’s response was to draw up an order to commit him to a mental hospital — and then to forge his brother’s name on the signature line.

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