Target: President of China Xi Jinping
Goal: Improve system that has unjustly ignored the needs of marginalized citizens
Ji Zhongxing was a motorcycle taxi driver who was beaten up and paralyzed by security guards in China. He claimed the attack was entirely unprovoked, and after eight years of his protests being ignored by authorities and of falling into increasing debt, he strapped a homemade bomb to himself, rode into a terminal at Beijing’s airport, and then detonated the explosive device. This highlights a larger problem in China. People on the margins of China’s population, such as the elderly and the handicapped, often have their grievances overlooked by the Chinese legal system. Please sign this petition if you understand that the elderly and the handicapped have the same right to fair treatment and justice as everyone else.
For eight years, Ji Zhongxing petitioned Chinese authorities for reparations after he was left paralyzed from the waist down and with $16,000 dollars in debt. As a migrant with zero political connections and little education, Ji Zhongxing had no one to turn to when he was paralyzed. People like him in similar situations have also felt frustrated by the lack of attention paid to them by authorities and some violent acts have been speculated to be perpetrated by these frustrated and downtrodden citizens. The courts in China are said to be controlled by the Communist Party’s local political and legal affairs committees and are therefore more interested in protecting the interests of local officials than of doling out justice. Petitioning is meant to be a means for those who feel they have been treated unjustly to appeal to the government officials in Beijing for redress, but if these petitions are ignored, then what can they accomplish?
The only person harmed by Ji Zhongxing’s bomb was himself. He was seeking compensation for the medical costs of his injuries and for the wages he had lost due to not being able to work. After the explosion, he was sent to the hospital to have his left arm amputated.
If it was a failure in China’s system, in its mishandling of petitioners and the injured that led to Ji Zhongxing’s desperate act, then something must be changed.
Dear President Xi Jinping,
Ji Zhongxing was paralyzed from the waste down by security guards, and then he was forced into debt by being forced to expend money he didn’t have on medical costs when he had no income due to losing his job as a result of the injury he received from the attack. Blowing up a bomb in a public area was not the right thing to do; even if he had been ignored by the government for the past eight years, he had no right to attempt to do harm to others. In fact, he’s probably lucky that the only one he did harm to was himself, though he probably doesn’t see that now.
So that this doesn’t happen again, please listen to the cries of citizens being overlooked by your government. The handicapped deserve the same treatment and justice as everyone else.
Thank you for your time.
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