Recent Bombings Rattle the CCP's Central Committee
In the lead up to third Plenary session of the Chinese Communist Party's 18th Central Committee, two major explosions have occurred in succession.
According to overseas Chinese media, the latest bombing at the CCP's provincial headquarters in Shanxi has made the CCP's Central Politburo realize with great fear that tremendous change is impending.
On Nov. 6, a series of small explosions went off outside the office building of Shanxi's CCP Provincial Committee in Taiyuan City, leaving at least one dead, and eight injured.
Because the first explosive site is at the gate of the Shanxi Letters and Calls Bureau (a complaint and appeals office), many speculate that the attack was aimed at the CCP's provincial committee.
US-based Epoch Times news website was informed that the bombs in Taiyuan have the CCP Central Politburo terrified. CCP officials are all discussing the major blast event and are quite frightened. No one can predict how tomorrow will turn out. Therefore, under the current circumstances, no faction of the CCP is willing to give their stance.
Beijing political observer Hua Po: "Giving no stance on this event won't do. Those in power need to show their attitude. However, whether the reason for the event could be found out, and if it is found out, whether the reason would even be released to the public, are the most important in this. I think the authorities are already caught off guard, and are panicked."
At noon on Nov. 8, CCP mouthpiece Xinhua published a piece of news online stating that on Nov. 8 at 2am, the bombing case was solved, and the suspect Feng Zhijun, 41 years old, was arrested in Taiyuan. The reports says Feng was previously sentenced to nine years in jail for theft, but didn't state his motive or give further details about the event.
Hua Po: "Such an explosion case mainly results from the discontent about the current regime and system. Some petitioners and rights activists are in despair due to their long unresolved problems caused by the regime."
The Shanxi bombing has had a wide influence, shocking people domestically and overseas. Overseas Chinese media have reported the event in succession.
Hong Kong-based Wen Wei Po newspaper cites insiders who say the bombing was preliminarily pinned as a terrorist event. However, CCP authorities have yet to identify the nature of the attack.
On Nov, 7, no newspaper published in Taiyuan carried headlines about the explosion event. Reports say that the Central Committee of the CCP's Propaganda Department has ordered the national media to keep low profile on reporting the issue.
US-based Chinese social issues researcher Zhang Jian says there are three reasons the CCP's Propaganda Department has applied a low-profile strategy: first, they fear ordinary Chinese knowing about it; secondly, they worry some may emulate it; and third, they worry more and more people will get involved.
Hua Po: "The entire country is widely chaotic, with explosions rumbling. The Propaganda Department always plays the role of whitewashing events. So this notice [to stay low key] is no surprise."
Voice of America says in a report that only media and people outside China speak the truth about the Taiyuan explosion. The CCP is unable to.
In addition, a considerable number of nails and metal balls were found at the bombing site. The blast damaged about 20 cars within 100 meters of the site, leaving many car windows shattered or riddled with holes, and some car bodies riddled with dents.
Many sources say it seems the suspect is one who commands a certain level of bomb production technique and whose skills are very professional.
Hua Po: "The Oct. 28 explosion incident on Tiananmen Square only involved a jeep, and people with gasoline and knives, and this is a simple attack form. However, on Nov. 6, the explosion event was produced by remote control. The explosive skills seem to become higher and higher, which is hard to prevent and has a larger destructive force."
Just one week ago, the car collision event happened in Beijing, which produced 5 death and 40 injured. Beijing police identifies the nature of the bombing as "precisely deliberated plot terrorism attack, and then five involved Uyghur people were all caught."
Zhang Jian: "The major significance of the Shanxi bombing and the Tiananmen explosion incidents is that it is a symbolic action which may mark an end to the rational, peaceful and non-violent means of defending rights and begin a new page of history where people sacrifice their lives to defend rights. I believe that from now on this will be a highlight."
Zhang Jian says this is also what most concerns CCP officials. When all rational and non-violent rights defending means are turn to violent means, then the personal life security of these officials will be considerably threatened. As the sage Lao Zi said, "if the people don't fear death, what good would it do to threaten them with death?" Once people awaken, no longer want to be slaves, and try to topple the CCP, then the officials and their family members will be cleared out by the people.
Even so, many netizens say that harm to innocent people should be minimized.
On Nov. 7, the China Jasmine Revolution website reports that although the bombing site has been unblocked, strict control is still being maintained.
Authorities have put a large number of police on stand by, but this still doesn't reassure the high-ranking officials. On the evening of Nov. 6, armored cars equipped with heavy machine guns showed up, patrolling the area.