Liu Shaoming was Charged for “Inciting Subversion of State Power” with Articles Memorizing June 4th

57 year-old labour activist, Liu Shaoming, was charged for “inciting subversion of state power” by the Chinese Communist Party. His indictment was based on his two articles related to the 1989 Tiananmen Square Movement which were published in April 2015, as well as some messages posted on WeChat (Weixin). He was tried at an Intermediate People's Court in Guangzhou in mid-April of 2016. The trial ended within one day and a verdict is still pending. Until now, Liu has been taken away and criminally detained by the Guangzhou police for more than a year. Liu is not allowed to meet with his lawyer by the authority due to claims that he is a “repeated offender” and should be punished harshly. Liu’s defense lawyer objected all such allegations.

According to Wu Kuiming, one of Liu’s defense lawyers, all allegations placed by the authority were based on the contents of Liu’s speeches, which implies that Liu’s prosecution is “basically a charge against speeches.” Liu Shaoming pleaded his innocent in court and both Liu and his lawyer belief that he was simply exercising his rights to freedom of speech and did not constitute a criminal offence.

Lau Shaoming was a member of Workers’ Autonomous Federation who went to Beijing before June 4th, 1989 to support the students’ movement in Tiananmen Square. He had been charged by “counterrevolutionary propaganda and incitement,” and was sentenced to one year in prison and deprived of political rights for one year. In recent years, he participated in many workers’ right defending actions and formed a group namely, “Workers Defenders Volunteers” that supported more than 10 workers’ actions in many places such as the cleaning workers in the university districts of Guangzhou, Xinsheng Shoe Factory workers, and Guangzhou Citizen Watch Co. workers etc.

Bios of the Detained Chinese Labour Activists

Zeng Feiyang, director of the Panyu Workers Centre, gave up his career in a law firm and started to run a Non-governmental labour organization in Guangzhou since 2000. His organization provided legal aid and handled labour rights defending cases until his arrest on December 3, 2015. He has been charged with “Assembling a crowd to disturb social order” and refused the right to meet with his lawyer since his arrest.

Meng Han is a former staff of the Panyu Workers Centre. He was sentenced to nine months of imprisonment as one of the striking workers and workers' representative of the First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Chinese Medicine University labour dispute. He joined the Panyu Workers Centre after his release. Meng was also arrested on December 3, 2015 and charged with “Assembling a crowd to disturb social order”. During his detention, his family has been repeatedly extorted by thugs.