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Wenweipo: Police Arrested Participants at a Local Political Consultative Conference in Chengdu

Hong Kong-based Wenweipo reported that the police interrupted the Jinniu District’s Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Chengdu City, Sichuan Province and arrested both reporters and staff members.

The reason was that they discussed Li Chuncheng, one of Zhou Yongkang’s confidants. Li had been the Deputy Party Secretary of Sichuan Province. In 2012, he was taken down as a "tiger" and was charged with corruption.

On February 10, 2015, at the closing ceremony of the Fourth Session of the Sixth Jinniu District CPPCC, Vice Chairman Shen Yong proposed: "For a long time, Li Chuncheng interfered with the Jinniu District’s work and caused adverse effects. All CPPCC members should make more suggestions and conduct democratic monitoring to cleanse Li’s bad influence." The majority of the CPPCC members seconded the proposal.

However, officials from the Jinniu District didn’t like this proposal. The CPPCC’s Chairman voted against it. The Party Secretary (the number one official in the district) skipped his speech and just stated, "The vote is invalid," and, "The meeting is adjourned." All leaders from the Party committee, the district government, the people’s congress, and the CPPCC, except Shen Yong, left the conference.

The Police came in. They stopped the meeting and arrested several reporters and staff members. Shen Yong was detained and investigated for corruption.

The closing ceremony was held on the next day, without any mention of Li Chuncheng.

Source: Wenweipo Online, March 23, 2015