採訪/朱智善 編輯/宋風 後製/孫寧
Human Rights Lawyer Arrested on “Inciting Subversion of State Power”
Guangzhou rights defending lawyer Tang Jingling was detained
for more than 30 days accused of the crime of provocation.
Recently, the Guangzhou police arrested him again on suspicion
of inciting subversion of state power.
When Beijing arrests activists or dissidents
on the crime of provocation or disturbing public order,
connecting Tang Jingling with a political crime is criticized
as an obvious insane and unlawful suppression.
On June 21, lawyer Tang Jingling’s wife Wang Yanfang said
a police notice arrived, stating that Tang Jingling was
arrested on suspicion of “inciting subversion of state power."
Wang Yanfang called on lawyers to initiate a forum onwhere
the legal boundaries lie and what is the evidence to support
suspicion of inciting subversion of state power.
For more than 10 years, Tang Jingling has been subject to the
authorities’ monitoring, house arrest, forced to travel,
and forced to disappear for his activities in human rights,
the pursuit of constitutional democracy and promotion of civil
His wife also lost her job.
“Monitoring, subpoena, under house arrest,"
has become the norm in their lives.
Jiangxi lawyer Guo Lianhui:
“Tang Jingling is an excellent lawyer.
On behalf of the people, he demands reform, for a
democratic society, freedom, the rule of law and constitution.
But the authorities can not tolerate him but set him up
It is absurd that he was detained on provocation, but then
arrested on subversion of state power."
Guo Lianhui says that the law has become a manipulating tool
of the Communist officials.
Tang Jingling’s lawyer Liu Zhengqing indicates the charge
of inciting subversion of state power cannot be sustained.
It can only be explained that politics in China is going crazy.
Liu Zhengqing: “His behavior did not constitute incitement
to subvert state power."
The CCP media has recently reported that pilot studies on
reform of the judicial system will be conducted in Shanghai,
Guangdong, Jilin, Hubei, Hainan, and Qinghai.
Guo Lianhui: “The authorities have no intention for a legal
society. For decades, these false claims have been consistent."
Guo Lianhui indicates that stability maintenance is actually
CCP’s double-edged sword, which arrested Tang Jingling
and woke up more people.
He believes there will be more to stand out like Tang Jingling.
The 42-year-old Tang Jingling has engaged in grassroots rights
defending since 1998.
In 2005, the authorities revoked his lawyer’s license for his
legal advice to victims of Taishi Village Incident, in which
villagers had intended to dismiss corrupt local officials.
In 2006, Tang Jingling initiated the disobedience campaign.
He proposed “political power out of the ballot”
and advocated the “non-violent reform” of China.
April this year, the police held Tang Jingling more than two
days due to his visit to Suzhou, where he paid homage
to the victim of the Cultural Revolution, Lin Zhao.
On May 1, the Guangzhou police again detained him
on suspicion of provocation.
Also detained were Yuan Xinting and Wang Qingyin.
The three of them were known to the netizens
as the Three Democracy Musketeers of Guangzhou.
Beijing lawyer Wang Yu: “His tactic has been very gentle
But he has been persecuted for many years,
including suppression by revoking his lawyer’s license."
Wang Yu believes that the recent suppression of the lawyers
has instead motivated them, from arrest of the new
citizens’ movement founder Xu Zhiyong, lawyer Pu Zhiqiang,
to Pu Zhiqiang’s defending lawyer Qu Zhenhong.
Lawyers will only become more awakened
and active in defending their rights.
The arrest of Tang Jingling, will only elevate his rights
Interview/Zhu Zhishan Edit/SongFeng Post-Production/SunNing