The CCP’s Witch Hunt Trial of Liu Ping – The Result may be a Watershed
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has detained at least
10 activists who demanded that officials publish an account of
Liu Ping, a 49-year-old activist from Xinyu of Jiangxi province
was criminally detained by Police in May after she had hung
a poster up which asked the officials to publish their property.
Her case will be tried in court in mid October.
Lawyers appealed for the case to be moved and processed
to an outside venue because this trail maybe the weather vane for
the trials of other activists’ cases in the future.
Liu Ping had been elected the independent candidate of the
Local People’s Congress.
On April 23, she was arrested when she was attending the
activity “Supporting Beijing Citizens’ Demand for Officials
to make Public their Properties".
On May 7, the Xinyu city Public Security Bureau issued a
criminal detention decision for the crime of
“Inciting subversion of state power".
But the Procurator changed her crime to “illegal assembly"
when it issued the ratification of the arrest. Recently, the
Procurator added two more charges against her which are the
“crime of assembling a crowd to disturb order at public places" and
“crime of sabotaging legal enforcement by using evil religion".
Zhang Xuezhong, the defense lawyer for Liu Ping, confirms that
the police accusing Liu Ping with the crime of “illegal assembly"
is a serious accusation.
Being accused of this crime can’t persuade the people, so then
the police added more two crimes. But the new allegations are
more ridiculous than the first one.
Ma Gangquan, a China human rights lawyer thinks that,
it must be established whether it is an actual assembly or not,
before a person can be named with the crime of “illegal assembly".
Ma Gangquan, a China human rights lawyer: “The Right of
Assembly is a right that the Constitution grants to the people.
With the definition by the Constitution, the Government
Cannnot limit assembly.
＇Illegal assembly＇ has an important forced administrative
process which is: the police must order the assembly to disband.
If the activists didn’t agree to leave, the assembly can be an
illegal assembly according to the definition of the criminal law."
Zhao Yonglin, a Chinese human rights lawyer said that now
The CCP frequently uses crimes like, the offence of Disrupting
the Public Order, Illegal Assembly, the crime of Provocation.
Zhao Yonglin, a Chinese human rights lawyer, “In general,
we feel the crimes Liu Ping’s is charged with are inappropriate.
We often see people assemble in the parks, on the streets to
dance and sing the red songs. But nobody bothers them.
It shows that the police don’t control the mode of
assembly, but the topic of the assembly.
What is the illegal assembly? I do feel that it’s the legal
way that the Government uses to frame the people.
These crimes are ＇pocket sin＇."
An anonymous human rights lawyer said that: it’s easy to
see that none of crime are real when the police altered
the crimes three times.
Because people have the rights to eat together,
discuss together, write articles, accept interviews, take
photos and so on. It can’t be a crime.
In Beijing, Yuan Dong, Ding Jiaxi, Zhao Changqing and other
members of the “ten gentlemen" who demanded the officials
to make public their properties, the famous investor Wang
Gongquan who is also a supporter of the new citizens’
movements, were arrested before Liu Ping, but none of them
have been tried until now.
Zhang Xuezhong, the defense lawyer of Liu Ping appealed
for the case to be moved to an the outside venue, because
it may be a weather vane for the government trials against
the other arrested activists of the new citizen movements.
Zhao Yonglin thinks that this is a consensus of the CCP senior
Zhao Yonglin:"Liu Ping’s case will be the first case against
the big arrestment of the national citizens’ movement.
It is not an ordinary case because it is not treated as
an ordinary case. Now we are judging the government’s
attitude and plans on citizens’ issues through this case.
This is the point that worries us very much."
Yu Chengdong, a netizen said on his microblog that
property publicity will really overturn the regime?
Hu Jia, a Beijing activist thinks that the reason why the regime
Is bringing Liu Ping to trial is because they are frightened and
threatened by activities getting more organized
and happening on streets.
Monday, Liao Minyue, the daughter of Liu Ping said on her
microblog that (my mother) was asked to keep silent.
She isn’t allow to accept any interviews,
otherwise she will be punished.