採訪/朱智善 編輯/陳潔 後製/李勇
The Rise Of “Wife Legion” On The Streets, Brings China
To A Turning Point
Since last March, along with aggravating suppression
from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) upon domestic people,
lots of group male activists have been sent to jail,
with their wives also collectively taking a stand against
Recently, the prior “Yanhuang weekly" editorial which Xiao Shu
wrote, when “Street Wife Legion" rises,
and mobolises the whole community together as one
to fight with the monocracy,
the day China witnesses a peaceful transition, is not far away.
July 9, the United States “New York Times" Chinese network
commented on the article,
“Street Wives Like Moths Pursuing Light".
Xiao Shu pointed out in the article, during this year’s “Hong Kong
a small figure drew particular attention from the crowds,
it wasWang Yanfang.
She held placards on the streets of Hong Kong, pleading with
the public to support her husband, Tang Jingling.
Tang Jingling is a well-known human rights lawyer
in Guangzhou City.
Due to his active support of human rights and promoting the
“non-violence non-cooperation movement",
he has suffered long-term monitoring, placed under house arrest
and “enforced disappearances,"
all of which carried out by the authorities.
June 21, he was arrested for the alleged crime of so-called
“inciting subversion of state power".
The article said, the arrest of the Tang Jingling does not
cause Wang Yanfang to flinch.
On the contrary, this only enforces her strong stance.
The CCP have managed to change a once weak
woman into a “street brave",
a moth willing to die in her pursuit of light.
Wang Yanfang: “I hope everyone pays attention
to Tang Jingling’s case. His promotion for non-violence
and non-cooperation does not violate Chinese laws.
The authorities arrested Tang Jingling with the charge
of mailing five books on non-violence to his friends,
and such five books are being used for the accusation
of his incitation and subversion for state power.
This is ridiculous."
Wang Yanfang was an accountant. She believes wholeheartedly
in the goodness of her husband and his actions.
After Tang Jingling was dismissed and revoked of hislawyer license,
Wang was also dismissed of her position as accountant.
In 2011, Tang Jingling was secretly arrested by Guangzhou authorities,
Wang was also imprisoned by national security department,
and she also suffered physical abuse.
Wang Yanfang: “I do not know how his recent situation is.
At the beginning of his sentence, he was kicked by the police.
Even his lawyer is not allowed to see him.
I am so very worried about his safety. Soon I hope
to make an appeal and bring to the attention of society,
the confinement of activists and how I believe their
imprisonment is not without effect,
it will bring back righteous justice to our country."
Xiao Shu pointed out in his article, Wang Yanfang is not
a lone accidental case.
With the comprehensive crackdown on civil society
carried out by CCP last March,
“Wife Legion" began to rise on the streets for the first time.
Last August, Guangdong activist Mr Guo Feixiong was
arrested in Guangzhou City.
Then his wife Ms Zhang Qing published an open letter
to Chinese leader Xi Jinping on “British Broadcasting
She accused them of state violence to her husband.
From then, Zhang Qing has fought on the front line
of rescuing her husband.
Last month, Tang Jingling’s fellow (lawyer) partner Wang
Qingying, was also arrested in the same case.
Wang Qingying’s wife Zeng Jieshan, immediately published
an open letter, declaring, “We are not afraid, nor run away!"
Zeng Jieshan frankly declared: “I believe in my husband,
along with others like him,
who dare to uphold lofty ideals and to make right choices.”
Afterwards, Zeng Jieshan repeatedly took placards to the streets
of Guangzhou City and called for the release of her husband,
issuing an acquittal.
June 19, three courageous and just people
from Xinyu City of Jiangxi Province,
including Liu Ping, Wei Zhongping and Li Sihua, were heavily
sentenced due to an appeal,
requiring the publishing of assets of public officials.
It is understood that Liu Ping’s daughter Liao Minyue,
once opposed her mother’s actions,
however, she eventually supported her mother’s rights.
Liao Minyu: “Even if I had managed to stop my mum,
what my mum had done could not alter the framing
and political persecution on my mum.
I should have known this earlier.
But at that time, I had no idea of what my mother had done,
because she never told me."
June 20, police required Liao Minyue to hand over her passport,
with the excuse of, suspicion of “Provoking Trouble".
Liao Minyue: “A daughter says righteous words for her mother,
appeals to everyone for the release of her mother,
but this is considered provoking trouble, or other such charges.
I think the authorities are very, very fragile,
and it is very funny."
Liao Minyue says that China will inevitably move towards
democracy and constitutional government,
because this is an historical and unstoppable trend.
Liao Minyue: “Those people who know the truth
should tell others the truth they know,
like what my mum did for promoting the democratic process.
People may be persecuted in the early stages,
but I think eventually it will take effect."
Xiao Shu pointed out in the article,
Wang Yanfang is not alone on the streets of Hong Kong,
and that figure is only one silhouette
of “Street Wife Legion".
This is the shame of the whole country.
But this stigma can be a catalyst, and a turning point
for China’s peaceful transition.
Today, China is close to this critical moment.
Interview/Zhu Zhishan Edit/ChenJie Post-Production/LiYong