Beijing (AsiaNews) - One of the
most prominent among human rights activists, Xu Zhiyong, was arrested yesterday
by Beijing police for "trying to gather crowds and disturbing public
order." Xu had been held
under house arrest for two months. Xu's
lawyer and colleague Teng Biao, rejects the charges against his client. Human
Rights in China reports that Xu's arrest was an attempt to truncate the
campaign he had launched demanding public disclosure of the assets of Party and
Xu Yong, 40 (see photo), a law
lecturer at Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, has long been
engaged in the defense of human rights of the Chinese population, insisting
that the government respect the constitution. For
months he has been engaged in the Gongmeng movement, calling on the leadership
to publish their assests and those of their family members.
request to render public property owned by the party cadres was made years ago
by the same Hu Jintao. It
was also discussed in the National People's Assembly in March. But
since then, the President Xi Jinping has put to rest any debate.
According to many activists, the assets
disclosure could reveal the true level of corruption among Party members, who
use their position in the hierarchy for personal gain.
recent months, foreign media reports on the wealth accumulated by former Prime
Minister Wen Jiabao, the
former governor of Chongqing Bo Xilai, and the same Xi
Jinping has caused quite a stir.
Teng Biao revealed that at least
10 other peoe linked to the Gongmeng movement were arrested in Beijing and
many more in other provinces. Like
Xu, they all are accused of disturbing public order, "with the aim of
subverting state power".
a blog posted on the Internet on May 2012, Xu said that China "needs a new
movement of citizens" to give birth to a "free, democratic China governed
by the law." Last
April, he was taken off a flight to Hong Kong and was put under house arrest
until yesterday. He is
currently being detained at n. 3 prison in