Send Them On A Free Holiday: China’s New Method Of Taking On Dissidents

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Word of God v. New Hampton Holiday Invitational

“We would spend up to 1,000 yuan ($160) on a single meal.”‘Stability maintenance’China’s ruling Communist party keeps a tight grip on power, frequently detaining those who speak out against government abuses.Over the last decade domestic security spending has soared, regularly exceeding Beijing’s declared military outlays.It has built a vast “stability maintenance” apparatus and President Xi Jinping has sought to further stifle dissent since his 2012 ascension to the top of the ruling party.State-enforced travel spiked this year ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown — where the army killed hundreds of protesters — on 4 June.According to US-based advocacy group Human Rights in China, 15 people were taken on forced vacations beforehand.”I’ve just returned from Beijing after being travelled,” Yan Zhengxue, a painter and government critic, told AFP.Police “went with me everyday, and paid for everything” on a trip to Ningxia in the northwest, including the towering dunes of the Tengger desert.”If you refuse to go travelling, there will be consequences,” he said. “You have to go. Even though you are at tourist sites, you have been forced to go, so you’re not in the mood to enjoy it.”Government personnel relish the trips, some regular forced travellers suggest.”We ate the best food, and drank the best alcohol. The security officials enjoyed it too. Not just any security official can go on this kind of trip, they need to be above a certain rank,” said environmental campaigner Wu Lihong, adding he was taken to the ancient city of Xian for two weeks in March.”Quite a few” officials from Beijing’s secretive ministry of state security accompanied him, he said.They stayed at Xian’s “best hotel”, he said, and saw the Unesco-listed Terracotta Warriors, as well as the “Wild Goose Pagoda”, a Tang dynasty tower that hosts night-time laser shows.”They are usually stuck inside using their computers and reading the papers, but by accompanying me they have a chance to travel and eat well,” he added.’Moving jail’When Chinese citizens travel to Beijing seeking redress from higher authorities for local government abuses they risk detention in makeshift “black jails”, where they are sometimes beaten before being sent home.More persistent ones, though, are targeted for holidays.”If you’re really grassroots you’ll be held in a black jail. Forced travel is for fairly well-known activists,” said Maya Wang, of US-based campaign group Human Rights Watch.”It’s a form of illegal detention,” she added. “This kind of forced travel depriving people of their freedom is unlawful.”China’s foreign ministry often says that detained activists are treated according to the law.
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Tucker (Phoneix Suns), Charlie Villanueva (Detroit Pistons), John Wall (Washington Wizards), and David West (Indiana Pacers). There are a number of Atlantic Coast Conference players who are still in college or who were not drafted on Thursday who also played in the Holiday Invitational. Those players include Garrius Adams (Miami), Anthony Barber (NC State), Staats Battle (NC State), Montay Brandon (Florida State), Chase Cannon (NC State), Quinn Cook (Duke), Luke Davis (UNC), DeMarus Harrison (Clemson), Isaiah Hicks (UNC), Madison Jones (Wake Forest), Matt Jones (Duke), Tyler Lewis (NC State), Kennedy Meeks (UNC), Ian Miller (Florida State), Charles Mitchell (Maryland), Josh Newkirk (Pittsburgh), Marshall Plume (Duke), Aaron Rountree (Wake Forest), Rasheed Sulaimon (Duke), Joseph Uchebo (Pittsburgh), Dez Wells (Maryland). The 2014 HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational is slated for Dec. 26-30 at Broughton High School’s Holliday Gymnasium.
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Baffling Holiday Triple-Slaying Still a Mystery Despite Arrest – ABC News

He is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday. Mercados lawyer, Michael Berg, told ABC News that his client did not know the victims. He adamantly denies any involvement in this, Berg said. Mercados family released a statement expressing their sadness over the deaths. On behalf of Carlo Mercado, we would like the community to know how sorry we are for any pain the Flint and Belvedere families have suffered and are suffering, the statement reads. We have only had limited contact with Carlo since his arrest and have not been made aware of any evidence against him. We remain fully supportive of him and ask the public to respect our privacy during this difficult time. For relatives of the victims, news of the arrest provided some semblance of closure.
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