Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Internet Saves Chinese Waitress

I wasn't my intention to lead with this story but a few things caught my eye, the first and obvious one was the power of public opinion spread via the net that undoubtedly saved a young girl from a bullet in the back of the head.

The same net based opinion/outrage/support that resulted in the girl's actual aquittal on a charge of murdering a local party official, it is after all China that we are talking about.

But it was these few lines that caught my attention more than anything.

The police, whom Ms. Deng called immediately to report the incident, initially took her to a mental hospital. Early reports from the police spokesman in Badong, Hubei Province, suggested that the young woman was a depressive who had lost control of herself during an argument with the victim.

How very Soviet Union, how very last century? how very predictable, the girl was quite obviously suffering from some form of politically defined madness, off to the Psikhushka with her.

Chinese waitress freed after killing official – and winning nationwide support

The trial of Deng Yujiao, who stabbed an official demanding sex, highlighted the power of the Internet to rally popular support.

A karaoke bar waitress who won nationwide sympathy and support after killing a local official who demanded sex was freed Tuesday by a Chinese court.

The surprise decision provided fresh evidence of the power of the Internet, where Deng Yujiao had become a popular heroine and a symbol of resistance to corrupt and licentious government officials.

"If the case had not attracted so much attention, the result would have been worse," says Lan Zhixue, a member of the legal team advising Ms. Deng. more


There are two more photographs in this series but I will spare you those. But the next time you're having a boiled egg........

China has the death penalty for 68 crimes including murder, drug trafficking, rape, re-selling VAT receipts, pimping, habitual theft, stealing or dealing in national treasures or cultural relics, publishing pornography, selling counterfeit money, economic offences such as graft, speculation and profiteering and even killing a panda.
During the "Strike hard" campaign against crime in China during the Spring of 2001, Amnesty International recorded a staggering 1,781 executions. This figure is greater than the total number of executions carried out in the rest of the world put together.
China does not publish statistics about the death penalty - these are a state secret.

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