Guangzhou graft-fighter Ou Shaokun in hospital after cutting wrist in protest
Anti-corruption campaigner recovering after desperate act against official persecution
Guangzhou-based anti-corruption activist Ou Shaokun is recovering in hospital after cutting his wrist in a protest against official persecution.
Ou, 61, is in stable condition in Guangzhou’s No 421 People’s Liberation Army Hospital in Chigang. He required stitches to three tendons early on Friday morning.
Ou, also known as “Uncle Ou” in Guangzhou, has been monitoring city officials for abusing their official vehicle privileges for more than a decade. He has more than 80,000 followers on Sina Weibo.
Ou said he cut his left wrist after two officials from the local neighbourhood committee came to his apartment to take away the card that identified him as an elected resident representative.
The news was published on his weibo account and there was a heavy press presence at the hospital on Thursday night. Guangzhou authorities later blocked news of the incident.
“About two weeks ago, I was elected as a resident representative for my local neighbourhood but the … authorities asked me to hand back my … card.
“Over the years, the government has tried various means to persecute me, including reducing me and my mother’s low-income allowance.
“I’ve been repeatedly assaulted by thugs and they cast hell money at my mother’s door to intimidate us. My son couldn’t find a job because of what I do,” Ou said.
He sued the provincial health department on Wednesday over the penalties imposed on families who had violated family planning regulations. Ou claims health authorities have overcharged people.
The case is being heard by the Guangzhou Intermediate People’s Court.
Ou would roam the city daily on the lookout for government vehicles parked outside entertainment venues, tourist spots, hotels, pricey restaurants or shopping malls.
When he suspected it was a government vehicle, he would take photos or video, posting them online while filing a complaint with the authorities.
His work won him a large fan base and similar tactics have been adopted in other parts of the country.