采访/田净 编辑/黄亿美 后制/陈建铭
Communist Regime Sweeps Up Anyone Holding An Umbrella
Beijing, hot and jittery.
Dozens of Chinese have been either detained
or have had goods confiscated for displaying placards
in support of the Occupy Central in Hong Kong.
To prevent the spreading of the movement to the mainland,
Beijing police´s directive is said to be questioning anyone
who uses an umbrella on the streets.
He is bald and wearing black with an umbrella.
Wang Zang, a poet, released this photo online to pay
his solidarity to Occupy Central.
He is forcibly taken away by public security.
Police went into his home and wantonly plundered
his computer and the so-called criminal tools on Oct. 1.
His wife Wang Li told NTD that after Wang Zang
was inexplicably arrested she called the police
for several days for an explanation.
Not until the sixth day was she notified that he was detained.
Wang Li: “He is now being held in Beijing´s
first detention center on criminal charges of provocation.
When they came to the house searching for evidence,
they took away the photo Wang Zang took
and the so-called props.
They also kept asking me what the picture means,
I said, ‘I don’t know.’"
Wang Zang is an active figure
in Beijing´s Songzhuang Art District.
It is understood that six other artists were also detained
for an earlier poetry reading that paid tribute
to Occupy Central in Hong Kong.
In Anhui Province, the Oct. 5 evening, democracy activists
Shen Liangqing and Yin Chun were also subject to summon
and rage, respectively, for their solidarity activities.
At the end of the summons, Shen Liangqing was told
to report to the police at any time he´s called due
to his alleged suspicion of provocation.
Shen Liangqing: “We openly express our opinions and we are
willing to bear the appropriate consequences, but it does not
mean that we have committed the crime of provocation.
Take a look at the Constitution, we believe the police have
violated the law for private gain by manipulating
the so-called crime of provocation."
Yin Chun: “They said it is provocation,
we say this is the most basic right of citizens.
It is relatively a behavior of our thoughts.
It is completely violating the basic rights forbidding
us from expressing independent views."
According to the police, their behavior has endangered
social stability and constitutes the crime of provocation
due to their online publicizing and placards in support
of Occupy Central.
But, lawyers think otherwise.
Hong Kong citizens have the right to directly elect
the Chief Executive, and Chinese citizens are entitled
to freedom of expression.
Hangzhou lawyer Wang Cheng: “We think for some citizens
in mainland to stand up and express their support
for the activities of the Hong Kong people simply embodies
a citizen´s right to exercise freedom of expression.
They should be protected by law and by the constitution.
It is wrong to hold them in custody."
A Beijing source disclosed Beijing police orders
to overseas Chinese media as follows.
People who take to the streets with an umbrella will be
brought back to the police station for investigation;
Persons with umbrellas in the street will be questioned;
If more than one person is holding an umbrella
and dressed in black, they must be brought back
to the police station for investigation.
Shen Liangqing: “Yesterday, police also told me the reason
for this investigation.
It is a strategy for the entire nation from
the Central leadership.
It is said to be striking hard.
Many people have been arrested throughout the nation."
Yin Chun: “Hong Kong´s fight for democracy is frightening
As a despotic regime, it is scared of the impact
to the mainland.
Their intention is to shut everyone´s mouth
and to frighten everyone so that they feel safe.
They are frightened if everyone gets up
and fights for their own rights."
According to the Chinese rights network, weiquanwang.org,
at least 33 people have been detained for paying tribute
to Hong Kong´s Occupy Central movement up to Oct. 4.
Included are 21 activists in Beijing, seven from Beijing
Songzhuang Art District, four from Guangzhou
and two from Chongqing.
Interview/TianJing Edit/Huang Yimei Post-Production/Chen Jianming