ChinaChange.org, published: January 19, 2014
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.
ChinaChange.org 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.
For Freedom, Justice and Love — My Closing Statement to the Court, by Xu Zhiyong at the end of his trial on January 22, 2014.
“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]
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
Democracy Is My Love Affair – the Story of Zhao Changqing, a profile of Zhao Changqing by Gu Chuan
“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.
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
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”