May 15, 2006

Day 83: Bureaucratic red tape - nightmare continues

Filed under: Nina's blog — Rebecca MacKinnon @ 2:23 pm

On May 15, Hao’s sister Nina Wu wrote a blog post titled Another Step in the Long, Long March:

Today, in keeping with the agreement between our lawyers and the police, I went to the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau Office of Inquiry at 2 o’clock to fill in the approval form for the hiring of lawyers. After I arrived, the officers at the Office of Inquiry claimed to not know anything about the matter; while they were calling others, I was also busy contacting our lawyers. After a while, a young officer came in from the outside to greet me. After being seated in the small room, this Officer Liu said that the form that was sent to them the last time did not fulfill the requirements, and that a correct application needs to be filled out. Without a second’s hesitation, I took out my pen and started filling out the form, then realized that aside from the applicant’s information, the only content that needed to be added was basically this: in accordance with Number XX provision of the law, I now hire Lawyer XXXX of XXX Law Firm to be the attorney of XXX….

Isn’t that the same as what I had written on the nationally-standardized Power of Attorney form, back when I was hiring lawyers at the law firm? Lawyers Yan Ruyu and Wu Yigang, whom we hired from Beijing’s Wu, Luan, Zhao & Yan Law Firm, had already handed my signed Power of Attorney form requesting for legal aid as well as the law firm letter to the Bureau’s legal department as early as March 22nd of 2006. I voiced my thoughts right then and there to Officer Liu and the other officers present at the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau Office of Inquiry; none of them expressed any opinion on the matter. Really, this form is quite mysterious; it’s impossible for one to find it on any website, and our lawyers, in all their years of employment, have never seen it before. Such a simple form made us busy ourselves with the hiring of lawyers from March to May.

Walking out of the room, the light from the broiling sun made me dizzy. I still remember the first time I came to Beijing for little’s brother’s affair, freezing to the point of shivering despite wearing an overcoat. Now, it’s already the sizzling summer season, and the police still hasn’t found evidence of little brother committing a crime, but I have yet to see the light of little brother’s freedom. When will this long, long march finally reach its end?


  1. I was surfing the internet, when I ran into this picture:

    Do you know who that is? Do you know why an intellectual like him do such hard labor?

    There is so much the shallow and impatient westerners do not know.

    Talking about women’s rights, so many American women are nameless housewives following their husbands’ names. When westerners preach against Muslim scarves, do you think about your own unfair-social-custom against women?

    Comment by jessica copeland — May 16, 2006 @ 9:29 pm

  2. I’m just re-posting this again from:

    Please ignore this ‘jessica’ person. He/She/It does not deserve your attention because he/she/it does not understand what respect and compassion mean.

    最大的轻蔑是连眼珠都不转一下. — 鲁迅.

    “Jessica Copeland” is the troll “Really” who plagued a range of China blogs about six months ago. The tipoff is the spelling “Ghod” as well as the general ranting style.

    Despite the Chinese nationalist outrage, when last we checked, “Really”/Jessica/Whoever was at a SUNY Institute of Technology in Utica, New York, enjoying the freedoms and opportunities offered by the US of A. He/she/it ran a blog at for some time, which will give you a general idea of his/her/its point of view (not updated since last September). Do approach it with a sense of humor.

    I am generally for a open forum in blog comments, but in this case I highly suggest banning. I hesitate to pay any complement, but Really/Jessica is a superb provocateur who will hijack your comment threads and ensure that they are about anything and everthing *other* than Hao Wu.

    Comment by s — May 16, 2006 @ 10:53 pm

  3. Democracy results in systematically unfair treatment against Native Americans -

    Without comment, the U.S. Supreme Court, which is dominated by Christians and whites, declined a petition filed by the Cayuga Nation of New York and the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma. The tribes sought to revive their claim to 64,000 acres in New York.

    The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals barred the tribes from seeking money damages for the stolen land. Tribes elsewhere in the nation face similar fates. Land, water, hunting and other types of claims can be easily dismissed throughout the nation now. “The US Supreme Court, in refusing to accept the Cayuga appeal, has established itself as the most anti-Indian court in the history of the United States,” said Jim Ransom, a chief of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe.

    The news is not reported by US media giants, which are owned by majority religious and ethnic owners. Under such unfair democratic system, Native Americans and other minorities continue to be traumatized, discriminated, abused and plain shot dead in the street. Their desperate crying ignored. Their grievances labeled exaggeration.

    Comment by jessica copeland — May 17, 2006 @ 6:20 pm

  4. You good, I am a Chinese, is very happy can know world each place the friend my BLOG address is

    Comment by liu xue ping — July 27, 2006 @ 6:25 am

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