Afraid of Pushing More Business Owners Out Of China,
the CCP Authority Releases Wang Gongquan
On Jan. 22, Xu Zhiyong, founder of New Citizens’ Movement,
was tried by the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) authority.
On the same day, Beijing announced that investor
Wang Gongquan, an advocate involved in the movement,
was released on bail because he confessed to his crimes.
A friend of Wang’s told NTD that he could understand
Wang’s decision and it’s the CCP’s demoralization strategy
that should be despised.
Sources revealed that the party feared the arrest of Wang
might further push Chinese business people to emigrate.
Late on Wednesday (Jan. 22), Beijing No. 1 Intermediate
Court announced on its Weibo page that Wang Gongquan
had admitted to collaborating with Xu Zhiyong on charges
of plotting illegal activities that “disturbed public order".
The court said Wang would be released on bail,
as he promised to reflect upon his “crimes".
Chinese lawyer Zhang Qingfang told NTD that there are
two reasons the court approved the release of Wang.
First, Wang did not participate in any of the five events
which were claimed to have “disrupted public order"
by the authority.
Second, many Chinese business people have continued
to advocate for the release of Wang and call for an end
to the persecution of entrepreneurs;
The CCP was forced to consider their attitude
in such a situation.
Zhang Qingfang(Chinese lawyer): “If Wang is unjustly
convicted, more entrepreneurs will regard China
as an unsafe place.
This will further push the current emigration wave
and bring harm to China’s economy.
Therefore the CCP authority has to take this effect
Xu Zhiyong’s defense attorney Zhang Qingfang read
Wang’s trial record and his confession statement.
Zhang Qingfang:"He (Wang Gongquan) did not attempt to
push the blame on others,
distort the truth or curry favor for his freedom.
I am also involved in some issues.
But I saw that Wang attempted to take all responsibilities
on by himself. I was truly moved by that."
Zhang Qingfang said Wang did not betray anyone
or distort any truth during arrest.
He simply compromised with the party because he
wanted to meet with his family as soon as possible.
His friends can fully understand him and he has kept
his own dignity.
Zhang said the one that lost dignity was the party’s judicial
system as they forced people to confess to baseless charges.
Wang Gongquan’s friend, the famous Beijing human rights
activist Hu Jia, said he had sent a WeChat message to Wang
immediately after his release, wishing him a good rest.
Hu Jia said none of the CCP’s words can be trusted, including
the announcement of the Beijing Intermediate Court.
Hu Jia, Beijing human rights activist: “They forced
a compromise with intensive interrogation
in an enclosed environment.
The party is especially good at intimidating people
with extrajudicial measures.
For example, in Gao Zhisheng’s case, he was clearly
informed that his wife and children would be tortured
if he refused to confess.
They just do things like that."
Hu Jia is happy that Wang Gongquan can go
back home right before the Chinese New Year.
On the other hand, the so-called “statement of confession"
only shows how unscrupulous the party is.
Hu Jia: “He didn’t do anything wrong, including his so-called
‘confession’ that was broadcast on TV.
The fact is that he was facing an overwhelming opponent.
Not everyone has to be a hero.
Besides Wang is still a hero for his previous actions,
such as advocating equal educational opportunities
and visiting black jails."
There are comments saying that the party tried to create
dissent among business people and rights activists
by releasing Wang on bail right after
announcing his “confession".
Hu Jia said entrepreneurs were definitely frightened
when they saw the arrest of a successful investor.
However, this also induced a strong sense of danger
against the regime among those elites.
Hu Jia: “This will lead to antipathy and anger, although
many people won’t directly speak out about their feelings.
What is anger? What is fear?
When you fear someone, you also have hatred
against that person.
So the feelings of anger accumulate.
In south China, many small to mid-size business owners
are financially supporting street protesters in a low-profile
and secretive manner."
Hu Jia believes many Chinese business people now
understand that there is no protection of private assets
and personal safety under the CCP’s governance.
The only solution is to completely overturn
the CCP’s one-party dictatorship.
Hu therefore concluded that more business owners will
stand out to support the New Citizens’ Movement
and other spontaneous civil rights activities.
Interview & Edit/QinXue Post-Production/SunNing