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[Protest] More than 200 petitioners staged a protest in front of the Ministry of Supervision in Beijing. This account points out that the protest focused not on the individual cases of the petitioners, but on systemic issues including corruption and human rights abuses.
Xiao Guozhen, a Beijing lawyer, was summoned for a police interrogation, which she thought might be because of her lead role in forming a group of attorneys to investigate the purported suicide of activist Li Wangyang. She issued an emergency notice stating that she might be taken away and...
[Remember June Fourth] On the 23rd anniversary of the crackdown of the 1989 Democracy Movement, four Shanghai petitioners publicly commemorated the June Fourth Tiananmen Massacre by holding placards on People’s Square in the center of Shanghai.
In accepting the 2012 Ryszard Kapuściński Award for Literature in Warsaw, Poland, Liao Yiwu spoke exclusively about Li Bifeng. Li isa poet, a character in one of Liao’s books, and Liao’s former prison mate who was imprisoned twice following the 1989 June Fourth crackdown on the Democracy Movement...
In his poem (Chinese only), Guo Yongfeng, a Shenzhen-based rights defender—who considers himself a “new fighter for democracy”—expresses his admiration for a veteran who devoted his entire life to the cause of democracy in China as well has his anger towards the authorities which had brutally...
The Statement, drafted by Zhou Zhirong, a veteran democracy activist from Hunan, raises the question whether the police designation of Li Wangyong’s death as suicide is a cover up. The statement calls upon both the international community and civil society groups to form a committee to investigate...
Liu Ping, one of the three independent candidates running for the local people’s congress of Xinyu City, Jiangxi Province, details the abuses and brutalities she and her two fellow candidates, Wei Zhongping and Li Sihua, have suffered since they began their campaigns. The brutalities include...
In this letter of complaint (Chinese only) to the government of Qingshan District, Wuhan, Hubei Province, Qin Yongmin (秦永敏), a Wuhan-based dissident, and his fiancé, Wang Xifeng (王喜凤), recount how the public security bureaus in both Qingshan District and Hunyuan County, Shanxi Province, where Wang...
On May 28, democracy activists in Guizhou Province held a rally to commemorate June Fourth in the bustling People’s Square, in Guiyang, the provincial capital. Lu reports in the write-up of the event (Chinese only) that it attracted several thousand spectators. Lu said that despite the difficult...
On May 15, 2012, Chongqing dissident and Chinese Pan-Blue Alliance leader Zhang Qi (张起) was released from Yuzhou Prison after having served a four-year sentence. Zhang was detained on May 16, 2008, formally arrested on June 20, 2009, and convicted of “inciting subversion of state power” on July 7,...

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