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The New Citizens Movement Trials, a compilation of related posts, published: January 19, 2014

Freedom, Justice, and Love

Freedom, Justice, and Love

Xu Zhiyong (许志永)

Xu Zhiyong (许志永)

Between March and September, 2013, the Chinese government arrested 17 citizens for taking part in street demonstrations calling for officials to disclose assets. Since then, four have been released “on bail pending trial,” a term the Chinese judiciary likes to use inaccurately for people the court releases but still hopes to maintain on a leash, illegally, for some time (that’s what a Chinese court is: one of the many little hands the CCP manipulates). Eight will be tried this week in three separate cases. They are Xu Zhiyong on January 22, Zhao Changqing (赵常青), Ma Xinli (马新立), Hou Xin (侯欣), Yuan Dong (袁冬) and Zhang Baocheng (张宝成) on January 23; and Ding Jiaxi (丁家喜) and Li Wei (李蔚) on January 24, all for “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place.” Wang Gongquan (王功权) is believed to have been secretly indicted recently while the rest of the detainees have not been indicted, although they have been detained well beyond the duration allowed by the law. has done a lot of work over the last year and a half to inform the English-speaking audience about the New Citizens Movement and, recently, the pending trials. With one exception, this post compiles all the related posts on this site into one post for easy access.

Zhao Changqing (赵常青)

Zhao Changqing (赵常青)

Trials Related:

For Freedom, Justice and Love — My Closing Statement to the Court, by Xu Zhiyong at the end of his trial on January 22, 2014.

Indictment of Xu Zhiyong by Beijing Municipal People’s Procuratorate, No. 1 Branch

Indictment of Ding Jiaxi and Li Wei by Beijing Municipal Haidian District People’s Procuratorate

Align Your Loyalty with the Constitution and the Law — An Open Letter to Judges Who Will Be Presiding over the Civil Rights Trials in China, ongoing signature campaign

Defense Lawyers Oppose Trying the New Citizens Movement Cases as Arbitrarily Separated Cases

A Joint Statement by Volunteers of the Education Fairness Campaign

Ding Jiaxi (丁家喜)

Ding Jiaxi (丁家喜)

Xu Zhiyong Committed No Crime, I Testify.” Parents who were part of the equal education right campaign in Beijing speak out on video [in Chinese]

Video of the March 31 event in Xidan [in Chinese]

Why the World Needs to Roar around the New Citizens Movement Trials, by Xiao Shu

The Trial of Xu Zhiyong and China’s Political Reality, by Yaxue Cao

Statements Issued by Fellow Activists and Supporters

Open Recommendation to Conduct Constitutional Review on the “Law of the People’s Republic of China on Assemblies, Processions and Demonstrations” by 78 Chinese Scholars, Journalists and Lawyers, January 22, 2014

Hou Xin (侯欣)

Hou Xin (侯欣)

Appeal to Immediately Free Seven Citizens Criminally Detained for Calling for Asset Disclosure

Citizen’s Statement Regarding the Arrest of Ten Advocates for Demanding Disclosure of Officials’ Assets

More Citizens Detained in China for Demanding Public Disclosure of Officials’ Personal Wealth

Urgent Statement Regarding the Criminal Detention of Wang Gongquan


Democracy Is My Love Affair – the Story of Zhao Changqing, a profile of Zhao Changqing by Gu Chuan

Yuan Dong (袁冬)

Yuan Dong (袁冬)

“If I Lose My Freedom”—Jiaxi in My Memory, a profile of lawyer Ding Jiaxi by Xiao Guozhen

Before His Arrest, Wang Gongquan Said, interview with Wang Gongquan by Fan Chenggan


New Citizens’ Movement  by Xu Zhiyong, May 2012.

The Last Ten Years, by Xu Zhiyong, in which he reviews, among other things, how the equal education rights movement started, its triumphs and regrets.

Xu Zhiyong’s “Talks” with Beijing’s Public Security Chief Three Weeks before His Detention (1)

Li Wei (李蔚)

Li Wei (李蔚)

Xu Zhiyong’s “Talks” with Beijing’s Public Security Chief Three Weeks before His Detention (2)

Xu Zhiyong’s “Talks” with Beijing’s Public Security Chief Three Weeks before His Detention (3)

What Is a “Same-city Dinner Gathering?” by Xiao Guozhen

Civil Disobedience in Sodom – A Letter to Xu Zhiyong, by long-time friend Guo Yushan



Who Is Xu Zhiyong (1), interview with Dr. Teng Biao, Part One
Who Is Xu Zhiyong (2), interview with Dr. Teng Biao, Part Two

Why We Believe He Is Innocent, Five Legal Scholars Issue Opinion on the First Instance Verdict Convicting Xu Zhiyong of the Crime of “Gathering a Crowd to Disrupt Order in a Public Place”

Xu Zhiyong Appeals: Spare Any Talk about Rule of Law in China If the Second Instance Does Not Correct the Decision by the First Instance

Convicting Xu Zhiyong Renders Reform Promises a Puff of Smoke, by Xiao Shu



  1. yangpeihua says:

    God save Chia and Chinese !

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  5. Carmelo says:

    You actually make it appear really easy with your presentation but I find this topic to be actually one thing that I feel I might never understand. It sort of feels too complex and extremely huge for me. I am looking ahead on your next post, I’ll attempt to get the cling of it!

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