Saturday, May 24, 2014

Chinese Man Detained for Posting Photos of Him in Tiananmen


A Chinese man has been criminally detained after posting online recent photos of him standing in front of Tiananmen. Liu Wei was taken by Chongqing police from Beijing back to his hometown and charged with "Picking Quarrels and Provoking Troubles" on May 17. 

Liu posted photos of him in Tiananmen Square with a message "Welcome to Beijing". He told reporters he went to Beijing in April to visit friends, according to a report on Chinese human rights websitewww.weiquanwang.org. He told Radio Free Asia that he had "touched a nerve" of the government by posting the photos. One photo shows him sticking his arm forward, reminiscent of Nazi salute. The other photo is of him flashing a V sign. While it's a frequent gesture by tourists, recently Chinese activists have called on people showing the V sign to commemorate the Tiananmen movement of 1989 when protesters flashed the V sign in marches and rallies.

The 28-year-old man from Chongqing had been jailed for two year for posting about the Jasmine Revolution in 2011. He was released in 2013 but has been under constant watch ever since. His parents have also been harassed by the police. The rural man's father is disabled and mother is illiterate. His friend Huang Chengcheng said: "He's a man of independent thinking. He has his own views on this country and this system. He's a young man of conscience."
Huang appeals people to help Liu find a good lawyer. His cell is +86-13896683369

(Translated/Compiled by Rose Tang from reports on weiquangwang.org and RFA)

维权网信息员郝天报道: 2014年4月底,重庆綦江县三角镇网友刘伟(网名-MZ介子八世)到北京访友,5月17日被重庆警察从北京带回,以“寻衅滋事”罪刑事拘留。

刘伟,86年生,重庆綦江人,是一个热血青年,2011年的时候因在网上发布关于茉莉花的信息,被重庆当局劳教两年,2013年的1月份才被释放回家,回来后,一直遭到当局监控。

刘伟的朋友黄成城说“刘伟应该是4月底到北京,5月15日左右被带回,17日下了刑拘通知书,具体刑拘的原因,由于通知书上没写,目前还不知道”。

刘伟出生在农村,由于父亲是残疾人,母亲是文盲,家庭条件很差,希望维权律师能介入,帮助他维护合法的权益。

黄成城说:“他是有独立见解和思想的人,对这个国家、这个制度,他有自己的看法,他算是一个热血的年轻人。现在最重要的是希望有维权律师能介入,这也是家属的想法。因为家属识字不多,如果有律师需要介入,请联系我。联系电话:13896683369。

重庆网民在北京被遣返后被警方以“寻衅滋事”罪刑事拘留。他早前向本台表示,他是因发表自己在天安门前的照片,而触动当局敏感神经。好友呼吁尽快有律师出面帮助。。

Original stories (in Chinese): http://www.weiquanwang.org/?p=43157

RFA: http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/sy-05232014092824.html

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