With a new video, the dusts have settled down and what left for debate is: whether the 'traffic accident', as described by the police, is a premeditated murder as suspected by the victim's fellow villagers, or a public execution as demonstrated by the evidence?
Mr. Qian Yunhui is the head of a small village of 2,500 people in Yueqing, Zhejiang Province. About 20 acres land of the village was taken to build a power plant. Villagers learned that the land compensation grant was intercepted by local government. Qian vowed to get villager's money back by legal process and petitions to higher government. In the past 6 years, Qing was thrown to jail three times, and served a two years sentence for speaking for his villagers.
Tuesday morning, Qian received a call from the deputy mayor of town government, and left home in a hurry. Moments later, he was found dead under the wheel of an engineering truck. The official edition of the story is: Qian crossed the highway without watching carefully. The truck driver saw him too late, and compounded by the weather condition, failed to stop the truck.
A role in the CIS said, every body has a story to tell. Qian's body laid in an odd posture. The only wound on Qian was his neck, which was severed with the detached head still looks as if connected to the torso by the wheel. His body looks like knee-ed down to insert the head beneath the wheel.
According to witnesses, there were more than 10 security guards on the scene when 'the accident' happened. Four uniformed men inserted Qian under the waiting truck. The deputy mayor observed the process from a white government sedan. The uniformed men and the sedan left the scene shortly after. Within minutes, hundreds of riot police descended to the scene and started beating all witnesses.
The incident got media attention because Qian posted a detailed description of the dispute between the villagers and local government on Tianya, the most popular Internet site, six months ago. The post attracted little attention until some made the connection between the post and Qian's death. Despite mounting suspicious evidence and questioning from the media and Netizens, the Yueqing (county-level) government insisted the finding of 'traffic accident', and the higher up Wenzhou government confirmed the conclusion.
While the incident continued fomenting online, police detained all witnesses and had them retracted their testimonies. Police also confiscated any video recording equipment held by villagers. All villagers found at home were 'invited' to the police station for collaboration in the investigation. They would not be sent back home until signing a statement acknowledging the government's official story. The old generation vowed to resist, while most younger generations fled to friends and relatives.
A high qualify cell phone video was uploaded to the Internet on Thursday. Although the original clip was promptly removed, numerous copies survived on foreign video hosting sites such as youtube and videobeam. The video was taken only minutes after the accidents happened, before the arrival of riot police force. The video clearly showed the truck was in an unreasonable location relative to the road: off-road on the left side. It also showed the land beneath the truck was dry while it was raining. There was no 20 feet braking line as the police claimed, but a 5 feet print of path with clear tire patterns. It proved the truck was waiting at the scene to strike Qian. Also, the photo produced by the police in the government news press was proved to be faked because the official photo showed braking lines and scratches on the front bumper. None was present in the video.
As of the time of writing, police detained Qian's brother, sister in law, son, daughter in law, as well as all witnesses who had talked to media.
The new video did not contain the moment of the incident. However, it proved police faked evidence to make up the official story, and it is compatible to description portraited by witnesses.
The scene is covered by a surveillance video camera. The latest examination of that particular camera was only two days ago when it showed working normally. The government initially claimed the video camera was nonfunctional at the time, then claimed the camera was not capable of recording. A telecommunication engineer, also a Netizen, revealed that model of video system by default stream all video to a centralized file server to be stored for later discovery. Furthermore, the police presented a footage of the scene recorded from that camera about 2 hours after the accident took place in the news press. Also, according to the government's edition, the truck was on route from an adjacent village to a working site. Netizens challenged the government to release footage from the traffic cameras, altogether 24 in the described path, to show the truck had been moving instead of waiting at the scene in the 30 minutes prior to the accident. The government refused the request, citing security reasons.
It is perceived the police and the government was not interested in seriously covering up the incident. Instead, the regime is setting up an example for anyone dare to challenge the communists authority.
Xi Jinping, the next 'core' to succeed Hu Jintao in 2012, was the governor of Zhejiang Province. It is suspected that Xi had a role in the accident.