‘The smell of burning flesh filled the room': Workers reveal hellish conditions in Chinese labour camp where man hid letter pleading for help that was found U.S. store’s decorations box
The author of a cry for help tucked into a box of Halloween decorations from China has come forward to tell the story behind his desperate letter.
The letter about horrendous working conditions at a Chinese labour camp was found by Julie Keith, a mother of two in Portland, Oregon, stuffed between the styrofoam headstones of the Totally Ghoul decoration box sold at Kmart.
The unsigned note began: ‘Sir: If you occasionally buy this product, please kindly resend this letter to the World Human Right Organization’
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The detention of Beijing-based video and photojournalist Du Bin, 41, is likely related to his work, said democracy activist Hu Jia, who said he’s been a close friend of Du’s for more than a decade. Du had recently completed a documentary exposing torture allegedly inflicted on detainees at a notorious labor camp in northeastern China as well as a 600-page book about the 1989 military crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing, published in Hong Kong.
Behind Cry for Help From China Labor Camp
“Sir: If you occasionally buy this product, please kindly resend this letter to the World Human Right Organization,” said the note, which was tucked between two ersatz tombstones and fell out when the woman, Julie Keith, opened the box in her living room last October. “Thousands people here who are under the persicution of the Chinese Communist Party Government will thank and remember you forever.”
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“His work directly challenged the authorities. They are suppressing him to send a message to others,” Hu said.
His detention comes amid a broader crackdown on China’s small, beleaguered community of rights activists and dissidents launched under new Communist Party chief Xi Jinping. The campaign has dashed hopes that the new leadership might ease controls on civil society.