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One Man’s Search for Justice leads to Violence in Jiangxi Province

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

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On the morning of May 27th, three government buildings in Fuzhou, Jiangxi Province, were bombed simultaneously in explosions that killed the bomber, one bystander and wounded ten others. The subsequent investigation of the explosions has revealed the bomber as a man named Qian Mingqi, a 52-year old native of Fuzhou City driven to the edge by a fruitless ten-year search for justice after his home was illegally demolished by the authorities.

After the destruction of his home, which he claimed caused him a loss of over RMB 2 million, Qian taught himself to use the internet, where he sought out lawyers, reporters and human rights advocates amongst others who he hoped would help him in his fight to gain compensation for his losses. Unfortunately, he was not only unable to find a defender for his case but through the course of his search became exposed to the many other injustices facing Chinese across the nation. Some stories were similar to his, like the self-immolation of the Zhong family in 2010, where several family members set themselves aflame to protest the government’s demolition of their home. His online profile indicates that he also became aware of a plethora of abuses, such as the mistreatment of migrant workers, kidnapping of children, police brutality and forced relocation across the country.

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