China Presses Hush Money on Grieving Parents

The official came for Yu Tingyun in his village one evening last week. He asked Mr. Yu to get into his car. He was clutching the contract and a pen.


The contract had been thrust in Mr. Yu’s face during a long police interrogation the day before. In exchange for his silence and for affirming that the ruling Communist Party “mobilized society to help us,” he would get a cash payment and a pension.

Mr. Yu had resisted then. This time, he took the pen.

From
China Presses Hush Money on Grieving Parents – NYTimes.com

Sad story but a must read. And a warning on what happens when government bureaucracy is run for the interests of the bureaucrats and not the people they serve.