Some thoughts on this as relates to factories, products, etc. Should the folks in the mental hospitals have a voice? Whistleblowers here in the US thank goodness are looked upon in a different manner.
No particular cases were mentioned, with the exception of one farmer, so with all the tainted milk products in the news of late, were gag ties in order possibly? Again, thank goodness we are looking for transparency here in the US and do investigate corruption and not send those with a potential voice off to the mental institutes. It does make one wonder thought about trust and how much gets pushed under the carpet, only to emerge later, especially when doing business outside the boundaries of their own country.
This certainly makes one big case for technology and “in person” involvement with the FDA to guarantee the safety of both our food and drug products that are manufactured outside the US. BD
BEIJING - Local officials in Shandong Province have apparently found a cost-effective way to deal with gadflies, whistle-blowers, and all manner of muckraking citizens who dare to challenge the authorities: dispatch them to the local psychiatric hospital.
In an investigative report published yesterday by a state-owned newspaper, public security officials in the city of Xintai in Shandong Province have been institutionalizing residents who persist in their personal campaigns to expose corruption or the unfair seizure of their property. Some people said they were committed for up to two years, and several of those interviewed said they were forcibly medicated.
Sun Fawu, 57, a farmer seeking compensation for land spoiled by a coal mining operation, said he was seized by local authorities on his way to petition the central government in Beijing and taken to the Xintai Mental Health Center in October.
There is another reason to stop petitioners, the aggrieved citizens who seek redress from higher levels of government: They can prove embarrassing to local officials, especially if they make it to Beijing.