So Many Activists, So Few Jails
For the third time in just as many months, the PRC has found another target among its people. According to the AP, 47-year-old activist Bai Dongping has been arrested for the first time in his life after posting a photo online of the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy demonstration. His wife was left at home (though not in the way that Liu Xia was), but it was not the first time the couple had been visited by police.
The charge is, of course, “incitement to subvert state power.” Bai is also a member of the Petitioners and Rights Defenders’ Group, which provides legal assistance to citizens wishing to complain about corruption.
Just weeks after a certain tweet left another activist in labor camp, some experts say this crackdown is all leading up to the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, where winner Liu Xiabo will be conspicuously absent, courtesy of the CCP. Amnesty International has called for his release and an end to the harassment of activists, quoting his wife as saying that Liu was to be held for 30 days.
If only WikiLeaks had access to the PRC servers and cables. But it looks like Assange is not far behind.
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