Sunday, December 17, 2006

HOPE Project Funds and Beijing University

September 29th, 2006 Beijing University awarded a May 4th medal to the widow of Li Zhiqiang, a gangster who was accidentally killed by a peddler. Li was hired by the local government to maintain the order of the street. On August 11, 2006, Li led a groups of mobs assaulted peddler Sun Yingjie, who failed to render a protection fee in time. Li was accidentally killed on the scene.

Beijing University made a mistake to award the 'May 4th' Medal, because 'May 4th' represents an 100 years tradition of young Chinese intellectuals in standing up against mafia ruling. In this case, Li was a contracted gang member, presenting a mafia government.

It was also reported that the metropolitan associate director of the HOPE Project Foundation, Mr. Xuan Deng presented 30,000 RMB to the deceased gangster's family. Regardless the nature of the death of the gangster, it is wrong to misuse donated education funds.

According to its project, HOPE Project Foundation is a registered charity to improve education for kids in poverty. When you make donations to the HOPE project next time, think about where is the money going.

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