Monday, October 19, 2009

Tangshan Couple Jailed One Year After Kneeing to the National Flag

Liu Shuoxiang and Liu Fengqin are residents of Liuguantun Viliage, Liyuan Town, Kaiping District of Tangshan, Hebei Province. Feeling wronged by local officials, they went to the Tian'anmen Square, and kneed down to the national flag as a gesture of asking for justice on June 5, 2009.

They were arrested at the scene, and both were sent to labor camp by the local police for a one year term, starting July 31, 2009. Under communism legal system in China, police has the authority to send anyone to labor camp bypassing legal procedures.

The wife, Liu Fengqin was said to died of heart attack in the No. 1 Labor Camp of Hebei Province on September 25, 2009. The widowed husband is still in jail in the same labor camp. Relatives were not allowed to see her body, nor had they received any written notification on the death.

Chinese people enjoy the freedom of showing off their love to the communist regime most of the time, with exceptions. Memory recalls that shortly after the bloodshed crackdown of students protesting on the Tian'anmen Square in 1989, singing the national anthem and the communist party anthem was prohibited, because many students and Beijing residents sang the songs with confronting military troops, believing in they themselves represented the core value of the communist beliefs.

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