By mariame (chinadaily.com.cn)
Updated: 2010-04-15 13:58
Peng Baoquan, a sane man from Shiyan in Hubei province was sent to a mental hospital by local police after he took pictures of petitioners. This issue has largely aroused people's attentions. A netizen called mariame at the forum of chinadaily.com.cn expressed her view on it:
Do you think that the local police have the medical qualification to judge whether a citizen is insane? Are police entitled to send a citizen to a mental hospital at will? If so, do ordinary people have any sense of security?
Earlier this year, Chen Yonggang, another Hubei man, was detained by police for questioning online the extravagant spending of Yunxi county in Shiyan city.
Peng soon came to Chen's aid. He contacted Zhang Hongfeng, a renowned blogger, and Zhang's posting caught the attention of the Chinese media. After succumbing to pressure from the press, the Public Security Bureau of Shiyan city freed Chen.
The logic of power couldn't be simpler. While Peng is "mentally ill," he can no longer take photos, or aid others, but only be silenced.
Mental hospitals or detention centers are, to the powerful, both places that can silence protesters. But in this Internet-based society, the silent masses have their own language that can be spread.
And it's already been proved that the forces trying to shut the people up cannot succeed. The reason the powerful want to force silence is that the good are no longer silent.