80-yr-old veteran sent for reeducation over appeals

2012-12-06 02:17:34 GMT2012-12-06 10:17:34(Beijing Time)  SINA.com
Liu Chunshan, 80, who fought in the Chinese Civil War and the Korean War, told CCTV he has never understood why he was sent for reeducation on charges of disturbing public order after going to Beijing 37 times to lodge appeals. (Photo/Agencies)Liu Chunshan, 80, who fought in the Chinese Civil War and the Korean War, told CCTV he has never understood why he was sent for reeducation on charges of disturbing public order after going to Beijing 37 times to lodge appeals. (Photo/Agencies)

An 80-year-old army veteran from northeast China was put under house arrest for labor reeducation for more than seven months after he petitioned higher authorities in Beijing, China Central Television reported yesterday.

Liu Chunshan, 80, who fought in the Chinese Civil War and the Korean War, told CCTV he has never understood why he was sent for reeducation on charges of disturbing public order after going to Beijing 37 times to lodge appeals.

"I joined the army at the age of 13 and I still pay the Party membership fee in time," Liu told CCTV on Tuesday. "I've never done anything to harm the country. Why would I be sent for labor reeducation when I'm old? This is harder to accept than killing me."

Liu's case started years ago when his son was running a recycling depot in Yingkou City, Liaoning Province.

A police officer often confiscated his son's iron products, claiming they were spoils, and fined him without giving receipts. Liu accused the officer of selling the confiscated waste iron to others. He also accused the same officer of being involved in other illegal activities.

Yingkou police later gave Liu and his family 200,000 yuan (US$32,120) to stop them from petitioning authorities in Beijing about the case. Liu showed CCTV an agreement between his family and the police.

However, in May 2010, Liu started visiting Beijing again to appeal a land dispute case in which farmland in his village was cheaply sold to a businessman to build a factory. Liu believed there was some wrongdoing in the deal.

On April 18, 2011, Liu was sent to labor reeducation for 18 months by Yingkou for petitioning higher authorities in Beijing 37 times.

(Agencies)

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