Face of the day


Mr Wu was allegedly assaulted by three officers inside a courtroom, in front of two judges who rejected his request to file a case in the district court of Nanning PHOTO-Wu Liangshu

Today’s face of the day Wu Liangshu stood in the Qingxiu District Court wearing the remnants of his suit with his bare leg and underpants showing.

…He and other lawyers were telling court officials that he had been assaulted by three officers inside a courtroom in front of two judges who also happened to reject his request to file a case in the district court of Nanning in Guangxi Province.

Mr Wu was offered a new set of clothes but he knew the power of what he was about to do. “No thanks,” he said.

The lawyer then walked out the front door of the court complex carrying his court materials, with a pen still stuck in the top pocket of his ripped open shirt.

He was then photographed outside the building.

It was a simple act of defiance.

If his goal was to draw attention to what happened to him and what Chinese lawyers face every day then it worked.

Wu Liangshu told the BBC: “I wasn’t shocked. I have heard plenty of weird and violent stories of things happening to lawyers in China but I didn’t expect it to happen to me”.

The officers, on the other hand, say that he refused to hand over his mobile phone when they asked for it. They had accused him of making illegal recordings of court officials.

According to a preliminary official investigation the court police did not “beat” the lawyer but were found to have adopted “abusive coercive means” when forcing him to hand over his phone.

Around a thousand Chinese lawyers have reportedly signed a statement condemning the attack and calling for the CCTV footage from inside the hearing to be released to establish what really happened.

…Meanwhile, talk of this clash on Chinese social media has been too much for the authorities. Much of the discussion on Chinese micro-site Weibo seems to have been censored, with only negative comments against Mr Wu now visible.


PHOTO-Wu Liangshu

PHOTO-Wu Liangshu


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  • JEL51

    A very brave man. He has taken on a fight which Our people had fought for us long before we were born. Sadly there are many in this country too stupid to appreciate what we have.

    • AlanB

      …and too timid to speak out when our democratic rights are reduced by officialdom. (particularly, unelected, paid, voting councillors selected on a racial/tribal basis with no means of removal by electors)

      • JEL51

        inch by inch.

        • Chinaman

          There are more property rights than you would think in China,in the big cities the land that was on State owned factories gets developed first for new residential apartments and where the ”villages” were and people have built on customary land it is more difficult because the Government has to negotiate with the families that own the buildings (not land as there is no private land ownership in China)

          • JEL51

            It is interesting situation there in that the title/ownership as pertaining to pre-communist time, seems not to have changed. My father-in-law was most up-set to find a dozen or so buildings/homes on ‘his’ land when he returned. As far as the Temple was concerned it was still his land/in his family name, even though he hadn’t touched the soil since 1939. His son’s name had already been placed on that record in order to be next in line.

          • Chinaman

            Yes, a lot of the land is ”customary title” as everybody knows that your family always lived there but there in no land deed so can not be sold but if the Government wants use of it they have to pay compensation.

            Then you have the dwellings (that can be sold) built by partnership with developers and Government,these normally have a lease on the land of seventy years..not sure what happens when the lease comes to and end though?..most likely you would pay a”fee” to the government to roll the lease over.

          • JEL51

            I remember the first BBC documentary (way back) once the country opened-up, interviewed a really old man who had lived through 4 different regimes, made a comment like ‘kept his head down’ as his way of surviving all four.
            It will be interesting watching even greater change from a distance.

          • Chinaman

            ”It will be interesting watching even greater change from a distance.”

            I have a more closeup view JEL51 but certainly will be interesting!

          • JEL51

            Take care and report back with ‘interesting ‘posts from time to time.

    • Chinaman

      We have a saying..”you can`t fight city hall”..even more so in China!

      But there are more ”indirect” ways of sorting out problems here.

      • JEL51

        The rights to private ownership/property and the recognition of the ‘individual’ is what we guard jealously but the influence of the Left wing in our learning institutions is having an impact. They are too stupid to value what they have.
        China has a long, long way to go yet, quite frankly I doubt it will ever reach such heights, as change will only come if the people demand it. There are too few like Wu Liangshu who have the will or the courage to demand such respect.

  • intelligentes candida diva

    Brave man doing the courageous
    Where are msm promoting honourable acts