‘China! Free Li’ – 300 Taiwanese Form Human Image To Demand Release Of Jailed Activist

On September 11, Taiwanese human rights activist Li Ming-cheh confessed to “subverting State power” in a televised show trial in China. Li had been arrested on May 11 and accused of setting up a subversive network through Facebook, QQ and other social media. Taiwan‘s government argues that Li was simply exercising his right to free speech.

As ‘Apple Daily’ reports, today (09/17) a group of 300 Taiwanese activists and intellectuals gathered in Taipei Central Art Park, where they created a human image in the shape of the words ‘China! Free Li’, demanding the release of Li Ming-cheh. “Freedom is not a crime! Democracy is not a crime!” (自由無罪、民主無罪), the group chanted.

Among the participants were writer Chen Fang-ming (陳芳明), spokesperson for the Social-Democratic Party Miao Po-ya (苗博雅), and National Taiwan University associate professor Fan Yün (范雲).

“With regard to the economy China is a giant, but with regard to human rights it is a dwarf,” said Chen Fang-ming in a speech held at the rally. “What is the benefit of having a rich and powerful country if people cannot speak [freely]?”

On September 13 a group of Taiwanese rights activists had testified before the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances of the United Nations Human Rights Council about Li Ming-cheh’s case, hoping that the Group might send official inquiries to China.

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