China Change, published: October 11, 2015
More details surrounding the disappearance of Bao Zhuoxuan, Tang Zhishun and Xing Qingxian have surfaced as friends continue to look for information in Mong La, Myanmar, as reported by a reporter at the Epoch Times who has close ties with the events.
A resident in Mong La, a middle-aged man who wishes to remain anonymous, witnessed the scene of the three being apprehended. He said he saw a dozen or so policemen surrounding the three at a breakfast eatery. From the police conversation, he gathered that the three were Chinese.
The lawyer who was looking for the three had gone to Huadu Guest House (华都宾馆), where the three had last stayed, to make inquiries. The women owner told the lawyer that the three had been captured outside the hotel and had been brought back to get their luggage and for a search of their room. She also said that more than ten Burmese policemen had shown up and displayed Burmese police IDs.
The lawyer reported the disappearance of the three to the local police bureau when he couldn’t find any information about the three either from the Mong La police bureau or the local Politics and Law Office, and asked the police to look for the three.
Afterwards, the lawyer and friends returned to Huadu Guest House with the intention to ask more questions of the woman owner. Upon arriving, they saw that the very policeman who had received them in the police bureau was speaking to the owner, while another officer was sitting in front of the surveillance equipment deleting the video.
When the two police officers left, the owner refused to answer any more questions.
Other witnesses said that they had seen three people – a young man and two grown men, one plump and one skinny – being taken to the police bureau where they were interrogated separately. Burmese police officers were present at the interrogations, but there were others who were strangers whose identities were unclear. The latter hurled insults at the Chinese, and one of them hit the boy.
But after the second day nobody saw the three Chinese in the police bureau any more.
From the available information, it is likely that the three missing Chinese had been detained by the police bureau in Special Region 4 of Myanmar.
But an official named U Zaw Htay in the Myanmar president’s office told the New York Times that the Burmese government had played no role in the apparent detention and that his government was not involved in any matter there.
When a journalist at Radio Free Asia interviewed police at the Special Region 4 police bureau (Mong La police bureau), the local police said that hotels in Mong La have surveillance video and, when necessary, they could investigate the surveillance videos. Before the reporter mentioned Bao Zhuoxuan’s name, the police asked “for what reason was he taken away.”
So why did the Burmese government and police deny their involvement in the matter? Who were the people taking part in the interrogations and who beat Bao Zhuoxuan? Who abducted the three Chinese citizens?