采访/朱智善 编辑/周平 后制/李勇
The Chinese Communist Party Detains 3 Rights Activists for Political Crimes
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) authorities have
recently charged human rights activists with political crimes.
Liu Ping, Wei Zhongping, and Li Sihua
are citizens of Xinyu city, Jiangxi province.
All were recently placed into detention by local police,
on suspicion of “incitement to subvert state power”.
Liu Ping and four other people were
detained because of holding banners.
They requested officials to publicize their properties, and
supported detained activists in Beijing and Guangdong.
Two of them have been released quietly.
Three activists have been charged
with “incitement to subvert state power”.
This is an uncommon action from the CCP.
The public considers this as a signal that the
regime is stepping up it’s ‘maintaining stability’.
Liu Ping, Wei Zhongping, and Li Sihua held banners
requesting officials to publicize properties, and to
release the activists who held banners in Beijing.
They were subsequently arrested.
A mainland Chinese netizen ‘Qian’ was angry
about the CCP detaining these three activists.
He told NTD that if the CCP wants to find fault with
someone, they don’t worry about finding a suitable pretext.
Mr. Qian, Netizen: “Wei Zhongping and Liu Ping wanted to
participate in the deputy elections, according to Chinese law.
They faced many obstacles.
They also helped some laid-off workers to defend their
rights, including some new workers in a steel plant.
They helped common people to
fight for their rights and benefits.”
Mr. Qian hopes that the Xinyu local
authority will release them soon.
Hu Jun, Head of “Human Rights Campaign in China”:
“Liu Ping didn’t request the 7 standing committee members
to publicize properties at that time, but the one in Beijing did.
She only requested officials to publicize properties.
Beijing authorities haven’t charged her
with ‘incitement to subvert state power’.
If Jiangxi authorities charge her, I think, it must
be the local authorities that give the charge.
They frame the case to target Xi Jinping and other
standing committee members, by kidnapping Liu Ping.
This case indicates that the CCP properties are from
illegal sources, otherwise, they would give up this trial.”
Shenzhen lawyer Pang Kun is defending for Li Sihua.
He told Voice of America, on May 16, that
as Li’s lawyer, it still remained for him to be
informed of the exact reason of Li’s detention.
He said that he requested the facts of the
crime from Xinyu police, but he was rejected.
Professor Zhang Zanning, Southeast University Law School:
“Criminal Procedure Law clearly defines that
the lawyer has the right to see the defendant.
In order to subvert state power, one needs armed forces.
Liu Ping is just a citizen requesting her right to be elected.
It’s unjustified to arrest her with ‘subversion of state power’.
It shows that the authority is still maintaining a dictatorship.”
Zhang Zanning believes that what the regime is
doing now is going against CCP leader Xi Jinping.
Xi called for “building a state of law,
and a constitutional government.”
Hu Jun, questions why the CCP regime has
suddenly arrested people on a large scale.
Hu also wonders where the decision came from, to
charge them with ‘incitement to subvert state power’.
Hu Jun: “Is it the conservative force of the Politics
and Law Committee that has been in charge?
Xi Jinping has called for anti-corruption, and the
most important part of this is to publicize properties.
However, Xi also doesn’t allow it, so it’s conflicting!
If requesting publicizing officials properties
can be called inciting subversion of state power,
I have to question whether high-level
officials’ properties are from illegal sources.
If they are from illegal sources, this case will further
show that Xi Jinping himself is a corrupted official.”
Hangzhou human rights lawyer Wang Cheng
acted on behalf of Li Sihua’s case two years ago.
He was beaten by State Security officers in Xinyu city.
Wang Cheng spoke to Voice of America.
Freedom of expression in China’s constitution
gives Chinese citizens the right to request
officials to publicize their properties.
It is severely against the constitution to charge
citizens with felony, simply because those
citizens wanted officials to publicize properties.
Hu Jun: “Liu Ping and her fellows can’t destroy
the CCP alone, or take down its authority.
It is the collapse of the system that will
truly destroy the CCP. It’s very simple.
Will the effect of Liu Ping’s action have larger ramifications?
Or the effect of when Wang Lijun fled to the
US embassy? Or the effect of Bo Xilai case?”
Beijing activist Hu Jia also says that the regime
charging rights activists with political felony
suggests a heightening of maintaining stability.
It uses “incitement to subvert state power” to suppress
citizens gathering together and holding activities.