魏京生这个名字，在知识份子圈子里曾煊赫过一阵子，对绝大多数普 通民众，却一直颇为陌生。前几年偶尔出现在《中流》等少数"高级 别"的官方媒体上，也都冠以"盛世妖孽"、"媚外洋奴"、"美国 走卒"、"叛徒、人渣"之类恶谥。
Wei Jingsheng, a great guy!
The name Wei Jingsheng used to be a hot topic among the intellectuals for a while; however, for the majority of people it was unknown. Although it appeared in several top official newspapers few years ago, it was described nevertheless with terms such as “traitor.”
This has nothing extraordinary, the method of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) toward dissidents is first to demonize the person, and then to create a total blackout. What strange is that articles published in the oversea internet media about Wei also appeared more in favor of negative criticism. Some say that he is just an electrician with a low education; he is still not married and doesn’t even have a girl friend, or he is over arrogant or psychologically unstable.
When Wei remarkably and forcefully warned us that Deng Xiaoping will become the next dictator, I was still a kid in the middle school. In 1995 when he was charged for subversion and again sentenced for 14 years, I was busy to pursue a material life. Except the official story about him, I have no knowledge about his personal character, aspiration or ideology. After having read attorney Zhang’s article about Wei’s 1994 trial, what appears to me was a man who is fulfilled with courage, intellect, vision and sentiment.
The author, Zhang Sizhi is China’s first generation of lawyer after 1949. He is referred as the number one attorney of China. For he defended famous cases including Jiang Qing, the leader of the “Gang of Four” and the wife of Mao; or dissidents like Wang Juntao and Wei Jingsheng. No matter with regard to the moral standing or knowledge, professor Zhang is truly a great master; thus, I believe his article has a high degree of credibility.
The aim of Mr. Zhang’s article about Wei’s 1994 trial is to disclose Chinese judicial darkness and moan the Chinese lawyer’s helplessness. His essay amazingly portrayed Wei as a person. Few brief sentences sufficed to demonstrate Wei’s altruism and his fearless determination for pursuing the liberty while facing a possible death penalty.
According to the official Chinese new agency, the court has found out that Wei in order to subvert the government had planned the action plan, including setting up a financial institution for raising funds, which would enable him “to support the democratic movement with financial resource,” to buy several newspapers and to establish entertainment companies that taking charge of the cultural and information affaires. Wei has actively contacted foreign organization to demand funding and to study so-called struggle tactics; he has registered a company in Hong Kong and attempted an art exhibition under the company’s name, which would strengthen his organization’s influence. Wei through illegal channel has also published abroad many articles aiming the Chinese government, the socialist system and the leadership of the Communist Party; advocate for an independent Tibet, echoing foreign anti Chinese groups’ enterprise to overthrow people’s democratic dictatorship regime, the socialist system, and to split the country.
Wei’s answers to all these charges were recorded in professor Zhang’s article. It was formulated into ten points; they were short, concrete and candid; however, Wei’s sentence had already been internally fixed, the trial with lawyer was simple a show. I appreciate Wei’s toughness of not to surrender, so when some say that Wei goes down on his knees to foreign influence and power, I just don’t buy it.
It doesn’t explain anything when people say he has no diploma or he has a conceited nature. As long as he is firm and unyielding, he is a hero of our generation. It is pitiful to see that we are at a time when people are so concentrated on material life and at the same moment demeaning our brave hero, so I feel obligate to stand up to cherish our hard bone exiled.
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