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Issue 154: Rights defenders Chen Guangcheng, Gao Zhisheng and Liu Zhengyou

August 24, 2006

Below are translated summaries of the articles and news briefs published in Huaxia Dianzi Bao, Issue No. 154.

The full Chinese-language issue can be found at


◇ 何清涟
Chen Guangcheng and Gao Zhisheng cases confirm He Qinglian's view that the Chinese government is

increasingly adopting underworld tactics, privatization of public power, and widespread political violence

◇ 杜娟
Du Juan describes Chen Guangcheng trial as a farce staged by authorities
◇ 石鸣
The story of China's Railway Minister Liu Zhijun shows a career marked by political aptitude, and

suggests corruption was only a pretext for dismissal. By Shi Ming

◇ 村夫
When 28-year-old Li Jianchang is beaten and killed in Luoyang, Henan by a well-connected local developer,

local police ignore forensic evidence of a struggle and claim suicide. By Li Wusi


◇ 茅于轼
Experiencing harmonious society in the USA. Famous economist Mao Yushi describes a meeting he

attended in America



Yang Jinsheng's personal experience during the Great Chinese Famine (1959-61) leads him to conclude that

over 300 000 deaths occurred because of human error


in Brief:

陈光诚被判刑四年零三个月 Chen Guangcheng sentenced to 4 years and 3 months in prison
当局对维权人士开始新一轮打压 Authorities impose a new wave of repression against rights defenders
高智晟被拘留,海内外为其呼吁 Domestic and international appeals urge government to release detained rights defense lawyer Gao


太石村维权周年纪念活动遭官方打压流产 Celebration for the anniversary of Taishi Village's rights defense movement is aborted following

official intimidation and threats

四川失地农民维权代表刘正有遭殴打住院 Liu Zhengyou, representative of villagers deprived of land in Zigong, Sichuan, is assaulted by thugs in

front of local officials and police for filming protest

圣观法师因超度“六四”亡灵遭驱逐 Master Shengyan expelled from monastery after performing Buddhism ritual of salvation for June 4th victims

in Jiangxi

浙江临海因征地发生官民流血冲突 More than 30 villagers injured in a conflict with police in Linhai, Zhejiang after their petition to Beijing

on land requisition is refused



Several injured as residents and police clash during protest over high price of water in Maoming, Guangdong
昝爱宗获释,将向国家新闻出版总署讨说法 Detained reporter Zan Aizong released, plans appeal to the General Administration of Press and Publications

over dismissal from Zhongguo Haiyang Bao (China Ocean News)