Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 11., No. 9. 28th July 1948
Now, first as to the source of the glass. The Academic Supervisor of the university is positive that no window pane was broken when they first went to see Yus body. It is only after suspicion was aroused that they broke the window. Then Dr. Li Tien-chu of the university reported: ". . . the blood stain on the glass looks as if the glass was not stained when cutting the throat." (Ta Kung Pao. 3rd November.)
Again, by common sense, it is not probable that one should cut one's throat with Two pieces of glass, particularly when one of them was found Under Yu's bed after he died. (Ta Kung Pao.) Furthermore, according to the second examination of Yu's body, the wound on Yu's throat was 2½ cm. in breadth and depth. Hard job to cut one's throat so deep with nothing but two pieces of glass!
Finally, we come to the second examination of Yu's body, on 30th October, of which Dr. Chiang Ta-yee was the police physician and Dr. Li Tien-chu, together with many others, were eye-witnesses. The cut on the hand was too slight to show-that the hand had held so blunt a weapon as glass to cut 2½ cm. deep. There were also purplish stripes of bruises under the navel as well as on the ankles. Is it not evident that torture and murder had been the cause of Yu's death.
As for the evidence of the four being communists, the authorities mention a bank account of $2,000,000 for "activity funds," a "record of party meetings" and a "list of names of communists." But the students of Chekiang University claim that the account belongs to one of the four who owns a peach-orchard in Funghwa, the record was only a draft for the constitution of the Students' Autonomous Association, and the list contained only names of students.
Ever since the regime of Chang Kai-shek anyone who dares to think Nanking a "bad government" has been called a communist. Torture and slaughter are the government's treatment of such "communists." We can still recall the government's brutal attitude towards those who advocated armed resistance against Japanese invasion. Many were slaughtered and buried alive.
We also remember the tragic Qunming incident on December 1, 1945, when those who wanted peace and a coalition government, were killed by grenades. We have not forgotten the iron-rods, nail-clubs, and dum-dum bullets of May, when we opposed civil war and hunger. The illegal arrest of Sun Kai-shan of Shanghai's Student-Aid Committee, who has neither been transferred to court nor released. The Yu The-san incident, we must point out, is not an accident but an essential aspect of the Nanking regime.
The incident aroused great solidarity and anger among Chinese universities. The professors of Chekiang University staged an all-professor suspension of classes on 3rd November, and issued a manifesto which contained "three points of reproach towards the government" (Ta Kung Pao). At Peiping headed by Chin-hwa. Yen-chin and Peita, all the universities and colleges staged a joint strike on 6th November. At Shanghai, starting from Chiao-tung two scores of universities and colleges staged a protest strike on 11th November.
The strike of the "American-supported" (China Press) St. John's University was "joined by all the university employees and members of the faculty (China Press). There were also minor demonstrations at Wuhan and Nanking. As for Chekiang University itself, it is staging a record one-week strike.
The student demand the right to live and the freedom of living and speech.
—Chinese Union Association of Students.