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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Maoists have been the target of repression in China

The article below this is about Maoist in China. Since I wrote that article I have found some articles about the repression of Maoists in that country. I suspected that Maoists are treated as any other dissidents, with right-wing or pro-Western ideas. I was right. Here is an example of such an article, with excerpts. -សតិវ អតុ

Authorities in the central Chinese city of Wuhan have handed a 10-year jail term to Maoist writer
Li Tie for subversion, after he wrote articles online calling for political reform and for the human
dignity of ordinary people to be respected.

Li was sentenced by the Wuhan Intermediate People's Court, which found him guilty of
"incitement to subvert state power" this week, his lawyer and family said.

The sentence, of 10 years' imprisonment and three years' deprivation of political rights, follows
hard on the heels of similar jail terms handed down to Sichuan-based activist Chen Wei and
Guizhou-based dissident Chen Xi……  

……The case against Li, 52, rested on 13 articles he wrote, including one entitled "Dignity is the
Heaven of the People," which was interpreted by the court as a call for the overthrow of the
government in the name of democracy and peaceful evolution.

Li pleaded not guilty to the charges, declaring himself to be an ardent follower of late supreme
leader Mao Zedong. "[He says] he studies Mao's writings every day, and that Mao runs through
all his writings, and that he is a protector of the Chinese Communist Party."

"He says Mao called for a democratic society, but that something he wrote back in the 1930s is
of no use in the 21st century," said Li, who gave the interview in defiance of police warnings not
to talk to foreign media.

"Maybe one day you'll try to call me and you won't get through, because I'll be in jail too," he said. "My crime will be talking to the foreign media." 

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