Stalinist style “disappearances” begin in Hong Kong

More thanks today to Tom Legg in Hong Kong for alerting us to yet another escalation in Beijing’s worldwide campaign of terror beyond the PRC’s borders:

The Hong Kong Journalists Association was scheduled to hold a press discussion on freedom of speech and the press in Hong Kong today or tomorrow and Zhao Yan was supposed to be there to give a talk. Zhao Yan, if you remember, was the NY Times researcher in Beijing who helped the Times spill the beans on Jiang Zemin stepping down from his post as the head of the Central Military Commission a week in advance. Went to jail for three years on a trumped up fraud charge. Did his time and was free to come to Hong Kong to speak.

It’s just that sometime between his arrival here in Hong Kong and his scheduled speaking slot, he disappeared. There are rumours that he went back to Beijing, but none of those concerned about him have been able to contact him since he went missing.

Does anyone see a pattern here, of an escalating and spreading worldwide menace?   China’s thugs are terrorising and beating up – and in some instances threatening to kill – foreigners in countries outside of China, far beyond the PRC’s jurisdiction.    Now the Chinese thugs, evidently, have begun a campaign of extraterritorial kidnapping.    Today it’s Hong Kong.   Will YOUR country – America, Australia, France – be the next one in which Chinese thugs commit Gestapo/KGB style “disappearances” like the one depicted in this classic Russian movie clip ?

Udpate:   Fight back at Beijing’s bullies.   A good place to start is at this link.

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4 Responses to Stalinist style “disappearances” begin in Hong Kong

  1. Peter says:

    Oh, maybe the disappearance goes back to a simple explanation. According to http://www.rfa.org/english/news/zhao-05042008110012.html ,

    Zhao Yan resurfaced in Beijing, and said: “During my travels, I lost my cell phone, my clothes, and a notebook containing phone numbers. So I was unable to contact the conference organizers. I have a poor memory. I couldn’t remember the telephone numbers. I am sorry”

    Must have been during night and fog when he lost all his belongings…

  2. Ned Kelly says:

    Peter, that story is perfectly consistent with his having been kidnapped.

  3. Peter says:

    Ned, yes, indeed. The abducted trying to protect the thugs by not giving away their identity or whereabouts corroborates your hypothesis. He may be suffering some form of Stockholm Syndrome…

  4. Ned Kelly says:

    Could be Stockholm Syndrome, or something as simple as having been warned to shut up or else disappear forever.

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