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24 Chinese Activists’ Letter Slams Communist Party Using “oppressive measures against justice in order to protect its dictatorship”

Posted by Author on February 16, 2010

Chinese activists want colleagues released during the Year of the Tiger.

HONG KONG
— As Chinese worldwide welcomed the Year of the Tiger, a group of activists in southwest China has called on the ruling Communist Party to free prisoners of conscience in their region and to open up debate on political change.

The activists also called for the release of Tan Zuoren, jailed recently after he launched a personal investigation into allegations of shoddy construction of the region’s schools following the deaths of thousands of children during the devastating 2008 Sichuan earthquake.

“The government has made little effort to change in the past year,” wrote the Sichuan and Chongqing-based activists in an open letter to China’s leaders released online during the Lunar New Year holiday.

“It continues to use oppressive measures against justice in order to protect its dictatorship,” the activists wrote, in particular with regard to the 11-year jail term handed to Liu Xiaobo, who helped draft Charter 08, a document calling for sweeping political change in China.

‘Product of a dream’

In Chongqing and Sichuan, the authorities had handed down jail terms to rights activists Tan Zuoren, Huang Qi, and Zhang Qi, and detained a number of others less formally, the letter said.

It also cited a heavy prison sentence for former Nanjing Normal University professor Guo Quan, who had claimed to set up a new political party.

“Charter 08 was the product of the dream of a constitutional government,” the letter said.

“There has been a huge increase in the number of meetings to discuss this in the past year, and yet the government has stepped up pressure on such activities to the boiling point.”

The letter was signed by 24 activists from southwest China, including freelance writer Zhang Xianchi, Chengdu-based online writer Ran Yunfei and activist Chen Yunfei, and Leshan-based freelance writer Mo Zhixu.

Chongqing-based democracy activists Deng Huanwu, He Bing, Bai Heping, and Deyang-based Li Yu also signed……. (Radio Free Asia)

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