Stories about chengguan - officers employed by city urban administrative and law enforcement bureaus - beating up street vendors are nothing new, but when a video showing one in Yanan , Shaanxi , stamping on a vendor's head was circulated online last week, it sparked surprise and anger.Thursday, 18 July, 2013, 2:59pm 1 comment
The three petitioners from the central province of Hunan were held in Beijing for more than a month in a 'black jail' linked to their local government despite a crackdown on such secret detention facilities.18 Jan 2012 - 12:00am
Beijing police are cracking down on security firms that profit from illegally detaining petitioners trying to air their grievances in the capital.2 Dec 2011 - 12:00am
Mainland legal experts and activist lawyers yesterday criticised recent public calls headed by Sars hero Zhong Nanshan for the reintroduction of a national repatriation system.12 Aug 2006 - 12:00am
Sars expert Zhong Nanshan again became the focus of attention on the mainland last week after his laptop was stolen and recovered by police within 10 days.
Dr Zhong, director of the Guangzhou Institute of Respiratory Diseases, was regarded as the mainland's most authoritative expert on the Sars outbreak after he challenged official statements about the outbreak in 2003.26 Jun 2006 - 12:00am
Censors have closed a website set up by a Sun Yat-sen University professor who championed the rights of villagers 10 days after security guards smashed a taxi taking her and two lawyers home from a visit to the village.
Taishi villagers have waged a three-month struggle to unseat their village chief but authorities in Panyu, Guangdong, have declared an end to the battle.7 Oct 2005 - 12:00am
The mainland plans to form special police units in 36 key cities to handle a growing number of protests and counter potential terrorism.
The Ministry of Public Security had backed the move to improve the capability of the police 'under new circumstances', Xinhua reported.19 Aug 2005 - 12:00am
The rising number of beggars could force a reversal of regulatory reforms
Mainland cities are struggling to cope with the problem of vagrants and beggars who have become a growing eyesore and a source of crime.13 Jan 2004 - 12:00am
Officials admit there have been problems in implementing new regulations
New remedies to deal with a sudden increase of beggars and vagrants are being considered now that police have lost the power to send them to repatriation centres, a director of the Civil Affairs Ministry says.9 Oct 2003 - 12:00am