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.
“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]?”
【相挺片】聲援釋放李明哲 逾300人排字高喊民主無罪 | 即時新聞 | 20170917 | 蘋果日報 appledaily.com.tw/realtimenews/a…—
Aris_Teon (@synglobe_net) September 17, 2017
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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