采访/常春 编辑/张天宇 后制/朱娣
Police Use Force Against International Reporters As Xu Zhiyong Receives Four-Years Imprisonment
On Sunday, Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court found
Xu Zhiyong guilty of ‘gathering a crowd to disturb public order’.
Xu Zhiyong is a legal expert, and one of the
organizers of China’s New Citizen Movement.
He was sentenced to four years imprisonment.
The verdict has immediately drawn strong condemnation
from the international community and rights defenders.
It is considered to be an abuse of human rights
and legal activities by the Communist regime.
Xu’s lawyer, Zhang Qingfang, said that Xu
had told the court “that the last shred of dignity
of China’s rule of law was destroyed today."
Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court said on
its microblog that the court had indicted Xu Zhiyong.
Xu has been given a four-year prison term for the
crime of “gathering a crowd to disturb public order".
Details of the trial were not released.
Attorney Zhang Qingfang spoke to BBC Chinese network.
The process was “very unfair", and he will be appealling.
After the verdict was handed down, the Chinese Communist
regime was condemned domestically and internationally.
Teng Biao, Lecturer, China University of Political
Science and Law: “I think the verdict was unjust.
It was obviously a politically
motivated case from the beginning.
However, the authorities conducted the
proceedings based on non-political offenses.
Xu Zhiyong has been engaged in
rights movements for many years.
He has rational principles of nonviolence, and
he could not have taken any criminal means.
I don’t think there is any legal ground for
the charges and sentence against him."
Zhang Boshu, visiting scholar of Political
Science, Columbia University: “It is ridiculous
with its trumped-up charges and sentence.
My conclusion is that regardless of the verdict, it’s not normal.
Anyone with a sense of justice will oppose such a verdict."
Voice of America reported Amnesty International’s response,
that the verdict was “shameful, but was sadly predictable".
The Chinese authorities have once again
opted for rule of fear over the rule of law.
Human Rights Watch indicated that Xu’s conviction
made a “mockery" of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s
current crusade against corruption, and simply
demonstrated the regime’s intolerance of dissent.
The US State Department also commented in a statement.
The US was “deeply disappointed", and
called on the Chinese authorities to release
Xu, and other political prisoners, immediately.
Teng Biao: “He is being supported by many,
because of his efforts to defend the rights.
This includes declaration of property by
officials, and opportunities for equal education.
These reflect the aspirations of millions of citizens.
He has insisted on defending rights and
legal progress for more than a decade.
He enjoys high prestige in the Chinese
civil society, and has many supporters."
In addition, a large number of foreign media
reporters gathered outside the court during the trial.
They were waiting to hear the verdict, but were
forcibly driven away by the plainclothes police.
Some reporters were even pushed to the ground.
After the trial, and during interviews with reporters,
attorney Zhang Qingfang was also interrupted.
He was forced to leave in a police car. All he
could say to the reporters was that it’s not fair.
During the trial, over a dozen foreign
embassies and diplomats from the US,
European Union, Canada and Australia
were critical of the trial of Xu Zhiyong.
Zhang Boshu: “The Chinese citizens’
mind has become clearer over the years.
Their pursuit of freedom and
righteousness cannot be suppressed.
People today hear voices of change, and social issues
both at home and abroad, through all sorts of channels.
None of these voices can be suppressed
by the regime, but rather strengthened."
Teng Biao is a human rights lawyer, and a
co- organizer of the New Citizen Movement.
Teng Biao told NTD that he does not believe any
change will happen in the verdict, even with an appeal.
All political cases in the regime will
remain the same at the second instance.
However, he still supports the appeal, because it helps
people to realize the current judicial system in China.
It helps people to see the truth concealed by the regime.
Interview/ChangChun Edit/ZhangTianyu Post-Production/ZhuDi