Xu Zhiyong was sentenced to four years jail yesterday on charges of ‘assembling crowds to disturb public order’: the maximum sentence on this charge is five years. Some modern authoritarian thinking there: we could always make it worse for you, especially since behind the bogus public order charges lie the actual subversion statutes, which could see you doing a decade or more jail time. Go away and think about that, little man.
Anyway, China Digital Times has a comprehensive roundup of Xu’s life and work. As noted, judicial procedures against his fellow New Citizens are ongoing. Expoect everything to be cleared up by the lunar New Year, as tradition requires. Coverage of the affair in China has been restricted officially to authoritative sources.
And finally, here’s Xu’s closing statement at his proceedings. It rambles a little, but take it as a statement of where dissidence in China is today. I mean apart from standing in front of bored judges at a show trial.