"Suicide note" from Shishou makes matters more confusing

Tu Yuangao's suicide note, as declared by the police

The death of a chef who worked at the Yonglong Hotel in the city of Shishou, Hubei province, sparked a mass incident involving tens of thousands of residents and riot police.

There were accusations that the police had tried to "steal" the body several times, and had faked the circumstances of his death - the owner of the hotel had government connections and according to some sources, the chef Tu Yuangao had found out the source of its income: drugs.

The contentious incident was reported by the China Daily today, but before there was widespread coverage on English language sites such as Global Voices and Twitter, but few and far between on the Chinese - apart from official Xinhua reports.

The incident led tens of thousands onto the streets (Time China blog), and questions over the nature of the death remain a mystery.

An Op-Ed attributed to the Southern Metropolis Daily discusses the incident, and a suicide note supposedly left by Tu.

The appearance of the suicide note puts more confusion around the incident

In China, "jumping from a building" means suicide: this has long ago become the common knowledge of netizens, from the case of Gao Yingying to Tan Jing. According to the latest Southern Metropolis Daily report, in the afternoon of the 21st, the parents of the deceased Tu Yuangao signed a contract for the provincial legal and medical department to look into the body, also saying that they hoped for the quick release of the results.

Investigation of the corpse is important, but the result isn't important to netizens. From the results that culminated from the Shishou incident, it doesn't matter where the decision came from, and it doesn't matter what the truth is, in the end there is only one word that is being told to the people: suicide.

It is not difficult to deal with anything, but the difficulty is not to have any aftereffects. Hubei's relevant bureaus should learn from the heavy effects of their "anti-angle", this time, for the Shishou incident they must not lift stones and hit themselves again. I fear that the Internet will become your administration's forever Battle of Waterloo. As a Hubei native, I am also sad.

What's different about this case of "jumping" is that Tu Yuangao left a note before jumping, and only after examining this note can there be agreement between the different ideas of the netizens.

One, it was written in Southern Metropolis Daily that the family were suspicious of the suicide note. "Three Joys (三喜) [the nickname of the deceased] moved out to learn the craft when he was 13: his education only consists of three years of primary school. From what we know of him, how can he write this suicide note?

Southern Metropolis Daily also made public a picture of this suicide note, the handwriting on that picture also confused people: having such a good script after only three years of primary school education - if it isn't a miracle, then it's extremely rare. For this reason the police should immediately make public other documents that may have been left by Tu Yuangao when he was alive, for evidence. If this is not done quickly then for this picture of the "suicide note" there will be a crowd of netizen "onlookers" forever.

Two, "the evidence came from the police, who checked in the room in the hotel where the deceased was, and discovered that he had left a note. The contents were roughly pessimistic: he was sick of life and wanted to die, so the police used this to eradicate the notion that he was killed and designated it as suicide." This clarified that the police had taken the note from his room, but it's not enough; we hope that the police will make open their work related to it: where did the paper come from? And where is the pen? Has there been a test for fingerprints on the pen? What was the result? And the other circumstances of the room, has this been made open?

Aside from this, on the afternoon of the twentieth the young man who set fire to Yonglong Hotel must be caught quickly. This fire makes people extremely suspicious, because it would obliterate everything at the scene: the dead body was on the first floor at the time, and the dead's father Tu Deming and mother Chen Guixiang were also on the first floor: setting fire to it really was not within the bounds of reason.

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Roland Soong provides an English translation of the alleged suicide note on his blog, EastSouthWestNorth.

It's worth noting that Tu Yuangao's family was offered compensation of 300,000 yuan by local authorities. Does anybody else find it odd that a family would get government compensation for what police initially called a suicide?

I'm still amazed by the size of the outraged crowds that turned out for this matter in rural Shishou. When a hotel restaurant cook and waitress were filmed getting beaten and kicked by local government officials last month in urban Hefei, capital of Anhui, there were no similar riots immediately afterward.


Most of these riots consist of a huge amount of onlookers that mix in with the rioters, it's notoriously hard to tell who's rioting and who's just there for kicks.

It seems everything has its hidden secret, concerning with the DEATH, is there any necessary to cover its truth, or i double if there is any so called truth? Why we need to uncover/open every news'deep background? Does that mean we do not trust the public information or the public news not worth our trust? Is there any possible that is another setup, just as SPY FARCE, read more about my view about it here: Truth set you free

is there any truth to the claim that this is the same hotel where the 16 year old girl jumped/was pushed some time back? very fishy if so.
from eswn:
"Tian Feng fell out of the Yonglong Hotel to her death. At the time, the place was known as the Baihuayuan Entertainment City and the boss was the same Zhang Yonglong."

There must be other causes for this incident. because the troops have attended this incident, as we know, only the china center government has the right of deploying troops. If the incident is a normal incident, there can't be so many people gathering outside of the hotel. in china gathering without government's permit is lawless. I think there must be some political reasons for this incident.

Anonymous and mike: The Yonglong hotel is definitely dodgy. After reports about the mass protest last weekend, earlier this week people there talked about finding corpses in the hotel, syringes etc. As to whether there was an earlier death, I don't think that's been confirmed - which also applies to whether there were other corpses there. According to the China Daily, though, there are official connections to the hotel, so you're right, Anonymous, it wasn't just people gathering - there was definitely a political reason and real anger that the chef was killed because he knew about things that were going on in the hotel (drugs?) and was killed by the owner or some other party.


This makes sense. As a typical Chinese, at one hand we try to argue for the so-called innocence of our own government from being criticized by the western world, and at another hand, the situation in China itsself is even more pessimistic than this case. The moral of the Chinese society had been precipitating since the Open-Up in 80's...We proudly assume that we're all living in a different new world after the "Coronation" of the Communist party, while this period probably is another transit phase into a better, justic, reasonable and humane age, which would be the real renaissance of the Chinese nation.

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