Defense Lawyer Detained; Emergency Rescue Underway
On April 3rd, Wang Quanzhang, Beijing human rights lawyer,
defended a Falun Gong practitioner in Jiangsu Province.
He was defending the Falun Gong practitioner’s right to
freedom of belief but instead he didn’t leave Jingjiang Court.
On the morning of April 4th, he was in the Jingjiang Detention
Center, where the court wanted to detain him for 10 days.
Emergency rescue of Wang was rapidly initiated on the Internet.
Currently, many Mainland lawyers are off to Jingjiang to
negotiate. Some netizens also went to help.
Many mainland lawyers believe that this is obviously an official
retaliation. The court abuses its power to suppress lawyers.
Beijing lawyer Tang Jitian told “Sound of Hope" that this case
defends freedom of belief for Falun Gong practitioners.
As long as officials point out a case, no lawyers will dare to
interfere. So the defendant’s interests are harder to protect.
By allowing officials to do what they want,
social collapse will be hard to stop.
Yang Xuelin, defense lawyer for the Chongqing Li Zhuang
case, thinks, on the surface, it is about the detention of a lawyer.
In reality, it is an open challenge between
the officialdom and lawyers.
It may even affect the future survival in the future.
Therefore, Yang asked all lawyers
to stand up openly and defend human rights.
Experts: H7N9 Avian Influenza Virus Has Mutated
Health experts warned of caution over news that the H7N9
virus in the Mainland seems to have mutated.
According to the BBC reports, WHO experts
from Hong Kong, US and Japan, showed that
the mutated H7N9 virus in China seems
to be more easily transmitted to humans.
Experts say judging by the virus’ gene, the current
spread of H7N9 virus in China appears in poultry.
However it does not seem to be causing death in the birds.
This feature makes controlling the spread much harder.
In areas with cases of the H7N9 avian influenza large-scale
samplings and tests for domestic poultry is recommended,
including seeming healthy poultry.
300 Armed Police Disperse Foshan City Protesters
On April 3rd around one thousand villagers demonstrated
near Foshan City in Guangdong Province.
They protested against land appropriation and embezzlement.
They asked for an open investigation and financial accounts.
Villagers shouted slogans outside the office and
demanded explanations from the officials.
In the end, they were violently dispersed by
a large number of armed police.
According to Radio Free Asia, about 300 armed police cleared
the site. 11 villagers were arrested with many more injured.