[ut.chinese] Oct. 30

chi@vlsi.uwaterloo.ca (Bo Chi) (10/30/89)

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             * C h i n a   N e w s   D i g e s t *

		    (ND Canada Service)

                       -- Oct. 30 (I), 1989

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1) A Chinese officer was caught in US when stealing ........................ 53
2) Student Underground Formed in Beijing ................................... 25

1. A Chinese officer was caught in US when stealing
      -- From: "J. Ding" <IZZYQ00@OAC.UCLA.EDU>

  A  videotape  camera  caught  a Chinese military officer as he helped his
wife  shoplift  a  coat  from  a  department  store  and took a Perry Mason
detective game for himself, but charges against the couple were dropped.

   Details of the Sept. 6 thefts were released by order of an appeals court
to  the  Dayton  Daily  News,  which  published  an  account of the episode
Saturday but did not include the couple's names.

    The Charges against the officer and his wife were dismissed Sept. 15 by
Municipal  Court  Judge  Larry  Moore  at  the request of Jay Newberry, the
prosecutor  in  the  Dayton suburb of Kettering. The next day Moore ordered
the police files sealed.

    S.  Richard  Richman,  the  couple's  lawyer,  said  the man, a liaison
officer  for  the  Chinese  Air Force working at Wright-Patterson Air Force
Base, would suffer public shame and possibly lose military status and go to
jail  in  China  if  the  names  were  disclosed.  The  newspaper  obtained
permission  from  the  state's  2nd  District  Court of Appeals to have the
records opened.

    According  to  the police report, the Chinese officer met his wife in a
Value City Department Store in Kettering and helped her "roll up one of the
coats and stick it down the front of her pants." He then took a $6.99 Perry
Mason  game he'd picked up in the store's toy department "and stuck it down
the back of his pants." He and his wife then left the store.

    Earlier  the  same  morning, the report said, a Hill's Department Store
security  guard,  Steve  Long,  saw the couple attempting to steal items of
clothing  from  his  store.  Long "observed (the wife) stuffing two dresses
down  the  front of her pants. When she saw Steve Long looking (at) her she
took  the  dresses  out  of  her  pants  and  met with her husband ... both
subjects quickly left the store.

    After  Kettering  police  arrested  the  couple, charged them each with
petty  theft  and  detained  them on $2,000 cash bond, Air Force Col. Frank
Tubbesing  Jr.  bailed  them  out  of  jail using his and his wife's credit
cards.  On  Sept. 11, Tubbesing returned with $4,000 cash and asked that it
be credited to the cards.

    Later,  Capt.  Matthew  Durham, an Air Force spokesman at the Pentagon,
said,  "We  understand  Col.  Tubbesing  was subsequently reimbursed by the

    Richman  said  last  week  there  was no involvement in the case by the
American  government.  "The  U.S.  government  did  not  intervene, did not
request any action," he said.

 2.  Student Underground Formed in Beijing

  The Washington Post
          via  wing@cs.utexas.edu

  BEIJING---Despite arrests  and police surveillance,  Chinese  students have
  succeeded in  forming an  underground organization aimed at   keeping their
  democracy movement   alive, students at    several leading universities  in
  Beijing said.
      Students  said  the   activities of   the organization   are limited to
  exchanging  information,  countering government   propaganda  and   keeping
  members aware of threats from the government.
      Students refer informally to the organization as the Beijing Autonomous
  Students  Union  Number Two, meaning   that the   organization  is a modest
  revival of the outlawed student union that led pro-democracy protests.
      Students at   several   universities that   took    the lead  in  those
  protests---Beijing   University,  Beijing  Normal  University  and People's
  University---are now active in the new organization.
      "Students are now  treated  as enemies," the  activist said. The aim of
  the organization, he said,  is  "to keep  students  healthy and  to   fight
  Communist Party   propaganda" while waiting  for a  chance to  organize new

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