Rights Lawyer Held for Four Hours over T-shirt

The Observers blogFrom the South China Morning Post:

Guangzhou police took a human rights lawyer into custody yesterday afternoon, while he was hiking with friends, because the slogans on his T-shirt were considered politically sensitive.

Liu Shihui , a lawyer with the Jingguo Law Firm in Guangzhou who has represented human rights activist Guo Feixiong, said a man suddenly grabbed him by the neck from behind while he was hiking on Baiyun Mountain.

Liu said he was questioned at the Guangzhou Public Security Bureau’s office on the mountain for about four hours before being released last night.

He said it was his T-shirt that had caused the problem.

On the front of his white shirt was the slogan “One-party dictatorship is a disaster”, which Liu said was a quote from a Xinhua editorial in the 1940s. On the back was another quote, by former president Liu Shaoqi : “The CP [Communist Party] opposes the Kuomintang’s one-party dictatorship, but the CP will not establish a one-party dictatorship.”

October 11, 2009 3:54 PM
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