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China: Four Men Charged “inciting subversion of state power” for commenerating Tiananmen crackdown

05 Jun

China: Four Men Charged “inciting subversion of state power” for commenerating Tiananmen crackdown

Fu Hailu, Chen Bing, Zhang Jinyong and Luo Fuyu commemorated the June 4th incident by way of performance art through producing baijiu with labels printed with words “Never forget, never give up, remember Eight Liquor June 4th” as well as an image of a picture reminiscent of the iconic “Tank Man” photograph. In May 2016, the four activists were arrested and were accused of selling the “commemoration wine” on WeChat marking the price at 89.64 yuan, echoing the date of 1989 crackdown.

They were not allowed to meet their lawyers during the initial stages of the investigation, and they were formally indicted for “inciting subversion of state power” in March 2017.

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  1. Immediately and unconditionally release Fu Hailu, Chen Bing, Zhang Junyong and Luo Fuyu as they have been detained solely for exercising the rights to freedom of expression;
  2. Ensure that while detained they are protected from torture and other ill-treatment, and have prompt access to their lawyers and family.

Additional Information

Human Rights Advocate for the 2016 China vaccine scandal – Fu Hailu

Aged 30, Fu is a veteran and human rights activist. When he was in the military, he found out the truth of the June 4th incident and started to ponder upon the aim and significance of him serving in the military.

While he was working, he realised a lot of injustice in the society. He then connected with human rights and democracy activists and participated in multiple local actions. Fu was repeatedly investigated by the police as he actively engaged in helping the victims of the 2016 China vaccine scandal.

On 28 May 2016, he was arrested for initiating “Remember, Eight Liqour June 4th”.

Advertising Designer – Luo Fuyu

Luo, aged 43, is an advertising designer, a boss and a human rights activist. In May 2016, Cheng- du Reading Club intended to commemorate the June 4th incident by speech, yet the venue was destructed by Chengdu police. Luo effectively prevented many citizens from being arrested by courageously going to Xihua University and notifying uninformed individuals not to go to th venue. He was arrested for participating in the advertisement for “Remember, Eight Liquor June 4th”.

Driver – Zhang Jinyong

Zhang, aged 47, is a driver and a human rights activist. Starting from July 2012, Sichuan Deyang suffered from serious environmental pollution, resulting in the Shifang protest. Zhang noticed how the Party strongly suppresses the protestors. He then became a human rights activist. On 15 June 2016, Zhang was arrested and prosecuted for participating in running the advertisement for “Remember, Eight Liquor June 4th”.

1989 Student Movement Activist -Chen Bing

Chen is the twin brother of Chen Wei, a detained political prisoner. Chen Bing is the founder of the Chengdu Research Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Technology, a student of the Tiananmen Square Protests of 1989, and a Charter 08 signatory. In April 1989, he acted as one of the leaders in the student movement in Sichuan Nanchong. In 1992, Chen Bing became one of the most important contact persons of the Democratic Movement in Sichuan. In 2003, as Liu Xianbin, Chen Wei and Ouyang yi actively engaged in democratic movements, Chen Bing was being closely monitored by the police, and his research business was constantly interrupted. On 21 June 2016, Chen was arrested for participating in running the advertisement for “Remember, Eight Liquor June 4th”.

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