Farmer-Turned-Activist Plants Seeds of Reform

The Washington Post, as part of its “Innovators” series, profiles rural activist Lu Banglie: Although China’s peasants have repeatedly resorted to violence in recent years, most confrontations have been...

China Formally Arrests Guangdong Rights Lawyer – RFA

From Radio Free Asia: Authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong have formally arrested top civil rights lawyer Guo Feixiong, and a fellow activist says his former colleague and boss Gao Zhisheng has also been formally arrested. Guo’s wife Zhang Qing confirmed the arrest, on suspicion of “running an illegal business’, but told reporters […]

Grass Roots Pressures Forge China’s Civil Rights Movement – RFA

Radio Free Asia reports on the growing defending rights (weiquan) movement in China: Lawyers and political analysts note a new awareness of civil rights among ordinary Chinese”epitomized by the failed attempt in July 2005 by villagers in Taishi, Guangdong province, to recall their elected village chief amid corruption allegations. A new adjective is being applied […]

China Detains Top Guangdong Rights Lawyer – RFA

From Radio Free Asia: Authorities in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou have detained prominent civil rights lawyer Guo Feixiong on suspicion of “running an illegal business.” Guo, who is also known as Yang Maodong, was taken from his home at 9 a.m. Thursday by plainclothes officers and is being held at the Guangzhou No.1 […]

‘Some villagers are angry, but most are just afraid’ – Jonathan Watts

From Guardian Unlimited (link): Being an opposition candidate in a one-party state was never going to be easy, but Feng Qiusheng took more of a risk than most when he decided to run for the People’s Congress in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong. This was not just because his previous attempt to defend human […]

Taishi Documentary, Part 1 of 4 – Ai Xiaoming (Updated)

The link below is to a ground-breaking documentary film, produced by Professor Ai Xiaoming, about the protests at Taishi village. UPDATE: For copyright reasons, CDT has removed the link to the video. Please see below for...

The Lawyers Speak Out On Taishi – ESWN

ESWN has translated brief excerpts from letters by two lawyers involved with the Taishi recall campaign (link): The account by lawyer Tang Jingling appeared in the Taiwan weekly magazine The Journalist (April 6-12, 2006, issue #996, p. 64-68). The account ends as follows: “On October 31, I was on vacation and the judiciary department requested […]

Villagers in southern China block local election, alleging fraud: reports – China Post

From China Post (link): Residents accused officials of voting fraud and blocked the vote count in a local election at a southern Chinese village where police and citizens clashed earlier over corruption allegations, Hong Kong media reported Tuesday. Tempers flared in Taishi village on Monday when villagers accused officials of unfairly disallowing proxy votes and […]

China activist unreachable after announcing fast – Benjamin Kang Lim

From Reuters, via the Washington Post: A Chinese civil rights campaigner who was assaulted by thugs this week was unreachable and appeared to have gone missing on Wednesday after announcing plans to stage a hunger strike outside Beijing’s leadership compound. Yang Maodong’s activism set him on a collision course with the Communist Party, which has […]

Lawyer attacked after visiting Taishi activist – Kristine Kwok

From the South China Morning Post, via Asia Media: A lawyer helping residents of Guangdong’s Taishi village in their struggle to oust their headman was attacked by strangers yesterday after visiting rights activist Yang Maodong, who is believed to be under government surveillance. Tang Jingling said he suffered no physical injury. But Mr Yang, who […]

Comparing Taishi and Shanwei – Guo Feixiong

The ESWN blog has partially translated an interview with activist Guo Feixiong (ÈÉ≠È£õÁÜä) after his release for his involvement in the Taishi elections. The interviewer, journalist Xiaoshu, says: Although the Taishi village incident was serious enough to attract the attention of the world, there was not a lot of casualties and you and the other […]

From Taishi village to Dongzhou–a step into danger РLiang Jing

The following is a translation of a commentary by Liang Jing on Radio Free Asia that appeared on New Century Net. Thanks to David Kelly for supplying the translation: From Taishi village to Dongzhou – a step into danger (by Liang Jing, translated by David Kelly) The events at Taishi village taking place between summer […]

In China, it’s powerlessness to the people – Sam Crane (UPDATED)

From the Los Angeles Times: EARLIER THIS month, Chinese police shot and killed as many as 20 protesters (the numbers are in dispute) in Dongzhou village, near Hong Kong. The use of lethal force was unusual, but the underlying grievances were commonplace: powerless townspeople demonstrating against local government practices that endanger their meager existence. Economic […]

Phoenix Weekly Interviews Lu Banglie – Ma Ya

From Phoenix Weekly, translated by ESWN: In the recall incident at Taishi village, Panyu, Guangdong, a surprising figure is the young peasant Lu Banglie who was once reported in the media for being elected as the Hubei province...



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