采访/朱智善 编辑/宋风 后制/郭敬
Gu Yumin Imprisoned by Chinese Regime for Asking Permission to Demonstrate
Last May, Chinese dissident Gu Yimin was arrested by local
authorities for the crime of “inciting subversion of state power.”
His arrest following an application for a demonstration to
commemorate the June 4 Tiananmen Square massacre.
Mr Gu was recently sentenced to 18 months imprisonment,
after the courts rejected his defense lawyers not guilty plea.
His two lawyers were also attacked after
the trial by people of unknown identity.
Reportedly, dozens of police
at the scene did not intervene.
Why is June 4 still a taboo subject for
the Communist regime 25 years later?
Let’s see the report.
On March 24, Changshu City Municipal Intermediate People’s
Court, in Jiangsu Province, delivered the verdict on Gu Yimin.
Gu Yimin was sentenced for the crime
of inciting subversion of state power.
He was given18 months imprisonment,
and deprived of political rights for two years.
On May 29 2013, 38-year-old Gu Yimin
applied for permission to hold a march in
commemoration of the 25th anniversary
of the June 4 Tiananmen Square massacre.
The march would also honor the
late labor leader Li Wangyang.
Mr Gu was detained on June 2, 2013, and arrested
on charges of inciting subversion of state power.
Liu Weigu, defense attorney of Gu Yimin: “Citizens’
rights to freedom of expression are protected according
to China’s Constitution, and under international law.
Mr. Gu Yimin had only posted an
online request for a demonstration.”
Lawyer Liu Weiguo argues that if an application
is also considered a crime, then the law
should be abolished from the Constitution.
However, June 4 participant Zheng Cunzhu indicates that
CCP is fighting against any commemoration of these events,
because it is related to the life and death of the regime.
Zheng Cunzhu: “If the CCP would reposition
the June 4 massacre, its ruling legitimacy
for the last 25 years ago would be shaken.
That is not to mention its ruling legitimacy since
1949, when the CCP took power through use of arms.”
Zheng Cunzhu explains that the CCP’s suppression of June
4 issue is to safeguard its authoritarianism and privileges.
On March 24, Amnesty International issued a press release.
“The authorities continue to stop
at nothing to bury the truth of 1989.”
Amnesty are demanding that “Gu Yimin should
be released immediately and unconditionally.”
This year marks the 25th anniversary
of the Tiananmen Square Massacre.
To remind people of these events, commemorative activities
have taken place both inside China, and around the world.
The international “World Siege"
campaign was launched on January 1.
Activities include a global hunger strike relay, social media
campaigns in recognitiion of the June 4th Massacre, and
a petition of signatures on the White House website,
demanding the CCP publicize the truth about June 4.
People in mainland China have not forgotten the crackdown.
As a prologue, on February 2, thirty prominent people
gathered in Henan to pay tribute to former CCP leaders
Zhao Ziyang, Hu Yaobang, and victims of the crackdown.
Zheng Cunzhu indicates that the student movement
will eventually get the well deserved historical status.
The CCP won’t be able to stop people from
learning the truth in the era of the Internet.
Zheng Cunzhu: “They do not dare to claim
that the military repression was legitimate.
That’s why they cover up the truth
from younger Chinese generations.”
Zheng Cunzhu believes that the CCP will continue covering
up the truth, and suppress it in spite of it’s own laws.
Suppressing dissents by underhanded means has always
been a CCP tactic, and is fully displayed in Gu Yimin’s case.
Friends of Gu Yimin were also attacked by unidentified
persons, while waiting outside of the court for the verdict.
When the defense attorneys tried to stop this
violence, they became the target of the attacks.
Attorney He Huixin’s glasses were
knocked off and he sustained head injuries.
Dozens of police present at the scene
did not intervene to stop the violence.
Liu Weiguo: “They would not use the law and their arms,
but disguise themselves as hooligans to defeat lawyers.
That shows they are in a state of extreme fear.”
Liu Weiguo does not believe underhanded
means will ever persuade the Chinese people.
He says that another lawyer immediately volunteered to
serve as a defense lawyer for Gu Yimin’s second trial.
He wanted to continue his fight for legal rights.
Interview/Zhu Zhishan Edit/SongFeng Post-Production/GuoJing