…continued from Alex Linder‘s report:
…Police had been clued in to the organizations by a Beijing News investigative report in June that revealed quite a bit of milky details about the websites and their clientele. One of the websites offered two levels of services: “pure” and “impure.” The first being just your standard, run-of-the-mill breastfeeding for a paltry 40,000 RMB a month, while the second denotes a “deeper level of service” (read: sex) for 50,000 RMB a month. Once you choose your plan you are free to browse the site and find the right “milk mama” for you. Read the rest of this entry »
Targeting of China’s graft-busting New Citizen Movement highlights the limits of the Chinese Communist Party’s pledge to tackle corruption
Emily Rauhla reports: It was just a picture. Three friends gathered outside an apartment block, holding a sign. But the trio in the photograph are affiliated with China’s New Citizen Movement, a loose network of rights campaigners, legal activists and ordinary citizens whom the country’s rulers don’t much like. And the sign called for Chinese officials to fully disclose their assets. After it was posted online, the picture got the three locked up.
The people in the photograph — Liu Ping, Wei Zhongping and Li Sihua — on Tuesday will face charges of illegal assembly, a vague, catchall charge often used to net dissidents. The case, to be tried in southeastern Jiangxi province, first opened in October, but was adjourned on Day 1 after the defendants dismissed their lawyers in protest. It was a rocky start to the first trial of New Citizen Movement activists since a crackdown on the movement began last spring. “This is definitely a test case,” says Maya Wang, a researcher at Human Rights Watch. “It may tell us something about the new leadership’s attitude toward peaceful activism.”
Dozens of visitors fell into the water in China after a foot bridge collapsed on Sunday.Surveillance video shows the moment a large group of people crossing a pedestrian bridge in China’s Jiangxi province is sent tumbling into the water, triggering a frantic rescue effort.
As people cross, the bridge folds beneath them, dumping dozens of people into the two-meter-deep water. Local authorities said that more than ten people were injured. The cause of the collapse is still under investigation.