Petition 上访／请愿 is an old form of doing justice in China that is supplementary to legal procedures or begs the state/officials to investigate certain cases often neglected at local levels. One of the most recent petition-related cases is about a village head Qian Yunhui 钱云会 in Wenzhou 温州 who led his villagers to petition for 6 years and was therefore arrested three times. He is merely one of thousand of petitioners across China but gains national and even international attention for his “accidental” death caused by a truck.(http://v.ifeng.com/society/20101 … -a7a406d40031.shtml).
This event occurred in the commercial center of Wenzhou in coastal China and causes such hot debates between the rulers and the ruled. One cannot help thinking of petition cases in northwest China where Muslims are populated. The well-documented representative petitions involving Muslims can be dated back to the early 18th century that a Ma Yinghuan 马应焕 of Hezhou attempted to present his petition accusing Khafiyya founder Ma Laichi 马来迟 to the Qianlong emperor at Xizhimen 西直门 in Beijing. The result of this first Muslim petition in the Qing period is ironic that the petitioner Ma Yinghuan was later sentenced to exile three thousand li from his hometown.
One unforgettable petition in modern time regarding Muslims and Islam is in 1989 when Muslims protested against Salman Rushdie for his insult on Islam. When many Muslims from NW provinces attempted to go to Beijing for petitioning, they were stopped by Chinese military forces and several Muslims jumped into the Huang River 湟水 to avoid the blockade but tragically died.
Harmonious Xinjiang? No Petition?Posted: 2011年02月2日 in Original Thoughts
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