Peking University Professor Calls For National Protest
Xia Yeliang, professor in economics at Peking University,
proposed last week to launch a nationwide peaceful protest.
The initiative aims to call for an end to the autocratic regime
and Invites celebrities to join in.
Last Thursday, Xia Yeliang’s micro-blog posting called for
the pursuit of basic human rights.
Xia appealed to the constitutional democracy activists from
all sectors of the community to hold a nationwide peaceful protest in the central squares of all cities.
The initiative demands an immediate end to the ban on
and calls for protection of freedom of the press,
speech and assembly;
the immediate implementation of universal suffrage;
and prohibition of the military police practice of repressing the public to favor the ruling party, etc..
however, the next night after the posting of his initiative,
he left a 2nd message online that due to urgent and special reasons,
he would leave his micro-blog for a while,
but that it was unknown when the posting would resume.
Since then, Xia Yeliang has lost contact with
the outside world.
Amid strong opposition, the draft amendment to Criminal
Procedure Law was passed.
Recently, mainland netizens launched a signature campaign
against what is called an “evil law".
They believe that the adoption of the amendment to
Criminal Procedure Law amounts to the legalization of secret “disappearing“ of citizens.
This is a great retrogression in the rule of law, a violation of
the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s own constitution.
Participants called for: Every one who does not want the
suffering of forcible and inexplicable disappearance should cry out against this ruling.
The campaign was widely supported by netizens,
many people even left their ID numbers and contact phones.
In addition, taxi drivers in Shangtou,
Guangdong went on strike for two days.
To protest against the rising price of petrol,
administration fees and unlicensed taxis.
On Monday, hundreds of taxi drivers from two large companies
parked their cars in front of city hall and blocked the highway.
Many police came to block the nearby road.
The strike lasted until the evening when the authorities
finally accepted the conditions demanded.
However, on the following day, another taxi company
in the city held a strike for the same reasons.
Except for during Han people’s protest against them,
the Tibetans’ demonstrations have never stopped.
After fifty monks had been arrested in Qinghai, hundreds of
Tibetans continuously protested for three whole days,
they asked for the release of the detained monks
from Tongde County in Hainan.
On Sunday (March 18), the police repressed the protest,
even throwing explosives at the crowd,
15 Tibetans were injured, and
one 12-year-old child died as a result.