Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Crackdown in Sichuan
A wave of recent crackdowns in the Sichuan Province has caught the attention of New York Times, which reported the formal arrests of Ran Yunfei, Ding Mao, and Chen Wei. All three of them are charged with the crime of "inciting subversion."
The formal charge came at the heels of the sentencing of Liu Xianbing to 10-year in prison for "subversion."
Two of the newly charged have direct links to the 1989 student movement. Ding Mao (丁茅) was a leader of the independent student organization at his Lanzhou University (兰州大学) at the time. Chen Wei (陈卫) was the same at his Beijing Institute of Technology (北京理工大学). The third one, Ran Yunfei, is a well-known author and blogger who has been detained about a month earlier.
Over at ChinaGeeks, Charlie Custer keeps "an incomplete list" of people who have been arrested, detained, or missing since the latest crackdown started a month or so ago when the so-called "Jasmine Revolution" stirred up.