China: Driver fired for getting a shoe shine in police car;But Killing their own & many in Tibet is OK – Go Figure!

This is story is unbelievable – It really show that the Chinese Government rule is becoming a Out Of Control Basket Case!

Shine my shoes!”  A police car with Fujian province license plate (闽HA042警) parked on the street of Quzhou City, Zhejiang Province. A foot sticking out from the police car, a shoeshine lady sitting by the car door, head down, shines the shoe.

This scene was captured and posted onto weibo, soon was massively retweeted.  Many netizens criticized this policeman of being too much like a “tyrant”.  Soon reporter found out this police car does not come from a police station but belongs to Pucheng County People’s Court, Fujian Province.

After the incident some media contacted the Pucheng County People’s Court.  Today afternoon the court responded the matter in a letter.

Pucheng County court said, after seeing the relevant information, they have conducted an investigation immediately.  They have found, with approval, the court sent a police car (license plate闽HA042警) to send a policeman’s family member who was seriously ill to the train station to board a train to Shanghai for treatment.  While the policeman escorted the patient to the train station lobby, the police car was waiting outside.  A shoe shiner came, wanting to shine the shoes for the driver.  Worrying that the policeman would come back soon, driver refused the offer.  But the shoeshine lady said, “You can sit in the car, I will shine your shoe by the door.” So the driver extended his leg outside.

The court also said, this driver signed a 5-year work contract with them since July 2007.  Given the driver’s uncivilized behavior damaged the image of the People’s Court, and had adverse social impact, according to the labor contract the court severely criticized and educated him also terminated his working contract.

Court’s letter said in the end, “The driver’s uncivilized behavior also reflected some poor management and supervision issues of the court.  For which, we sincerely apologize, and to learn from that, to take measures for rectification. We sincerely welcome the media and netizens to monitor and criticize!”

According to Quzhuo Evening News on sina blog, reporter found the truth about this story from the shoeshine lady.  Reporter first contacted the person who took the picture “冰山一粟” who posted it on weibo.  He said, on November 7, 9 am he saw the scene at the train station, he thought it was pretty interesting so he took a photo of it, but never thought it would became so popular.

Reporter then found the shoeshine lady; her name is Mao Juanlan (毛娟兰), 50 years old, living in the village near the train station.  When reporter identified himself, her first words were, “I swear, he sat in the car because of the cold weather.”

In the morning of November 14, Mao Juanlan have heard people mentioning a shoeshine photo was red hot on the Internet, and her first thought was maybe it was when she shined shoe in front of a police car.  “I was worried, so I asked my neighbor if I was wrong or if he was wrong, my neighbor said it’s not my fault.”  Mao then felt relieved.

Mao Juanlan told the story.  In the morning about a week ago, a police car stopped in front of the train station lobby.  She said, she does not remember if there were 2 or 3 people in the car.  Only remember someone walked out towards the train station.  Another man got out the car and said he wanted a shoeshine.  Mao recalled, this man spoke Mandarin, dressed in a stripped short sleeve shirt.  “He got out of the car, but it was cold that day, windy also.  He said it’s too cold and asked if he could sit in the car, I said ok.” Just like that, the man sat in the car, and Mao Juanlan shined his shoes.

It took only 5 minutes, they never communicated during the shoeshine.  Mao Juanlan said, “If it were a normal car, I would have chatted with him.  But it was a police car, I didn’t dare to say anything.”  After it was done the man gave 3 yuan in coins and left.  “I know that in this society some officials make lao paixing (common people) feel uncomfortable, but this thing is not what everything thinks.”  Mao Juanlan repeatedly told the reporter.


SAD NEWS – Tragic Death of Tawu Nun after Self-Immolation


3 November 2011, Dharamsala


Contact: Ms. Dukthen Kyi  (English) / Mr. Jampel Monlam (Tibetan, Chinese)


Tragic Death of Tawu Nun after Self-Immolation



Today, at around 12.40 pm, a nun in Tawu County, Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (TAP), set herself afire in protest against the Chinese government amid the continued repression of religious freedom and human rights in Tibet.


Palden Choesang, 35 years old, shouted slogans such as “Freedom in Tibet,” “Long live H.H the Dalai Lama,” and “Let the Dalai Lama return to Tibet” before she self-immolated near Namgyal Stupa, a huge stupa in Tawu County.


Latest reports state that nun Choesang died from severe burn injuries. Her body is being kept at Tawu Nyatso Monastery at this moment.


Choesang was born in Drogcho Village, Geshe Township of Tawu County, Kardze TAP. She was a nun at Dakar Choeling Nunnery in Tawu County.


Today was the last day of a ‘Nyung-ney’ practice, a religious fast by monks of Tawu Nyatso monastery and local Tibetans that was held in the premises of the Namgyal stupa. According to sources, nun Choesang self-immolated at a road nearby the Namgyal stupa.


Shortly after nun Choesang’s self-immolation, many police arrived, placing heavy restrictions on the area around Nyatso monastery.






Dukthen Kyi (Ms)
Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy office.

Tibetan Centre for Human Rights & Democracy;PRESS RELEASE (IMPORTANT READ!)


2 November 2011, Dharamsala


China to Create Law-Abiding ‘Model Monastery’ in TAR

 In a Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) Communist Party meeting, held on the afternoon of October 30, the Chinese government approved to carry out law-abiding patriotic re-education principles including a “model monastery,” according to report on 1 November 2011. This is a new strategy to further intensify the control over Tibetan monasteries and nunneries in Lhasa.

The principles also include an annual “contest” among the various monasteries and nunneries in TAR. Additionally, all monasteries and nunneries shall not engage in creating social disturbances and should oppose strongly against the Dalai cliques. Monks and nuns should not participate in any ‘separatist acts’. There shall be a half-yearly assessment carried out in all monasteries and nunneries, and an annual award is promised to be given to the one that best obeys all the rules set by the Chinese government. That ‘winner’ shall be labeled the ‘Model Monastery,’ whose students (monks/nuns) will be given certificates and monetary rewards. This ‘Model Monastery’ will be set as an example for the other monasteries and nunneries which shall further strive to become one, states the principle.

On 20 October 2011, the Tibetan Buddhism University was inaugurated in Chushul County, Lhasa (TAR). During his visit to the university on 24 October, the TAR Party Secretary Chen Quanguo said that the university should “aim high in producing monks who are well educated about ‘Dalai clique’ and ‘other national splitist’ plots.” Representatives from various monasteries are educated at this university, where the Chinese government claims to educate these monks on Tibetan Buddhism. In actual practice they hold Patriotic re-education classes, which are much more intense than the ones carried out in the monasteries. After completing their “education” from this newly opened university, the monks are to “teach” and influence their colleagues in their respective monasteries after they return.

On 28 October, during the Buddhist Association Forum held in Lhasa, Chen Quanguo reaffirmed its stand for criticizing the “Dalai cliques” and to “resolutely eliminate the XIV Dalai Lama in Tibetan Buddhism.” He added that the regional party committee and government should implement party policies to strengthen the management and deployment ideas required to build the “harmonious Model Monastery.”

Earlier this year, Chinese authorities introduced identity cards for the monks and nuns. These are all attempts to tighten the already rigid control over monasteries and nunneries, especially after the series of self-immolation incidents in Tibet. This only worsens the grave situation of religious freedom in Tibet.

Dukthen Kyi (Ms)
Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy

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