If the police are thought of as an authoritarian institution designed to preserve and guarantee the security of citizens, it is certainly not China to be a witness of it. The agents of the eastern province of Jiangxi first beat and then arrested dozens of people involved in a confrontation with the authorities following the death of a minor in an electronics factory.
The relatives of Chen Zhizhao were demonstrating in the streets after the body of the 17-year-old boy had been found in a pond on the 6th of June. Not knowing how the boy could have died and who could have thrown him in the water, the family took to the streets to demand an explanation.
Zhizhao was missing since the beginning of this month and when the body was found, the group of relatives went to the police station to ask for investigations to shed light on the case and also to protest against the disinterested attitude of the authorities. At this point the officers started to beat and then arrested the group composed of brothers and cousins of the victim. After the arrest, the authorities asked about 14 thousand euro for their release.
Residents of the village are angry about what happened, and demand a stance to the factory where the young boy worked. The company, in fact, never told the family of the disappearance of the boy. As witnessed by a relative, the police do not allow them to see the body of the boy or to release it for the funeral because “they say that we are making confusion and creating too many problems”.
On the body of Zhizhao there would be signs of electric burns that suggest a work accident, once more evidencing how the Chinese world is completely uninterested in the question of the safety of its employees. Only in 2014 57,000 people were killed in their workplace and the lack of independent trade unions increases the problem because it does not allow the victims to obtain justice.
Translation provided by Maria Rosaria Mastropaolo