Badiucao (巴丢草): Black Friday Portraits

has drawn portraits of eight of the dozens of human rights lawyers and activists who were rounded up by police on July 10, which some netizens are now calling Black Friday.

Free the Rights Defense Lawyers, by Badiucao for CDT:
自由维权律师 组图1 拷贝

The lawyers pictured include Wang Yu, Sui Muqinq, Liu Shihui, , , Zhou Shifeng, , and Liu Sixin. The Ministry of Public Security has said the detainees are “suspected of illegally organizing paid protests, hyping public sentiment and fabricating rumors on the Internet to sway court decisions.” From a Xinhua report:

According to a statement from the Ministry of Public Security published on Saturday, the suspects consists of lawyers as the core organizers and social media celebrities and petitioners, who are in charge of planning and implementation.

The statement accused the group, led by Fengrui Law Firm, of disrupting public order and seeking profits by illegally hiring protesters and swaying court decisions in the name of “defending justice and public interests.”

Since July 2012, the group has organized more than 40 controversial incidents and severely disrupted public order, it added. [Source]

All of the lawyers detained have worked on human rights cases in recent years. A full list of those detained is being updated via Google Docs (Chinese).

CDT is now selling t-shirts and iPad covers featuring Badiucao’s work in our Zazzle store. See also a Q&A with Badiucao in which he discusses his artistic and personal influences, and his earlier cartoons for CDT.