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People in Suzhou Continue Their Protests by Walking

Posted on Jul 27, 2010 in Forced Eviction, Gong Min Walk 2010, News, Rule of Law in China, Sparrow Initiative | Comments Off on People in Suzhou Continue Their Protests by Walking

By Chen Yu (Canyu News Reporting) July 27, 2010 The fight against illegal eviction and demolition, and for fair compensation for property taken, has been going on for about two weeks in and around the small town of Tongan, Suzhou, in Jiangsu Province.   The government has mobilized its resources to contain the mass protests and cut their supply lines.  At present, there are over 10,000 paramilitary and riot police forces stationed presented in Tongan and neighboring towns. The local protesters are facing unprecedented pressure, and so on July 25, the protests in the towns of Tongan and Dongzhu were largely abated.  There were only a few groups of about one hundred people going out for a “walk” and “cooling down” at the Fortune Square in the town of Dongzhu, while policemen forcefully passed out government issued pamphlets to...

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Joint NGO Appeal Increases Pressure on UN To Act On Forced Evictions of Chinese Citizens

Posted on Jul 13, 2010 in Forced Eviction, Gong Min Walk 2010, International Relations, News, Sparrow Initiative | Comments Off on Joint NGO Appeal Increases Pressure on UN To Act On Forced Evictions of Chinese Citizens

Washington, D.C. July 13, 2010–  United Nations Watch, the Switzerland based NGO, is leading an  International  joint NGO appeal to UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon and UN HABITAT executive director, Anna Tibaijuka.  The appeal calls on the United Nations to “investigate the forced eviction of 18,000 families to make way for the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai” and to  “take action to redress the serious violations of human rights inflicted upon them.” The appeal coincides with the Sparrow Initiative organized by the Boston based democracy movement, Initiatives for China, and raises the pressure on the United Nations to end its silence on this issue. The Sparrow Initiative is a non violent protest action by victims of forced evictions.  Its members and supporters have written several petitions to the UN. In addition, Sparrow Initiative supporters have held protests in Shanghai, Beijing, Los...

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Gong Min Walker Forcibly Extradited to Australia

Posted on Jun 4, 2010 in Gong Min Walk 2010, International Relations, News, Publications | Comments Off on Gong Min Walker Forcibly Extradited to Australia

Initiatives for China has learned from sources inside China that Mr. Zhang Xiaogang, an australian citizen was forcibly extradited to Australia.  Mr. Wang who Zhang disappeared after returning to his hotel in Shanghai following a “Gong Min” walk around the UN Pavilion at the Shanghai International Trade Exhibition.  Zhang was detained by Chinese police for 20 hours before he was put on plane back to...

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Australian Chinese Man Missing after Shanghai Protest

Posted on Jun 3, 2010 in Gong Min Walk 2010, International Relations, News, Tiananmen Anniversaries | Comments Off on Australian Chinese Man Missing after Shanghai Protest

By Emma Graham-Harrison BEIJING (Reuters) – A Chinese-born Australian activist, who changed his name to get round a ban on his return, has been missing for more than a day after making a one-man protest in Shanghai, a campaign organiser said on Thursday. Zhang Xiaogang, originally from China’s southern province of Guangdong, is a computer engineer who became a human rights and democracy campaigner after 1989. He now works as a taxi driver in Australia to give him more time for activism. He was in China as part of the “Gongmin Walk 2010”, an international project to promote human rights and civil society in China, said Yang Jianli, a fellow exile and president of Initiatives for China, which is organising the walk. Zhang had hoped to reach Beijing to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the June 4 military crackdown...

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Gong Min Walker Disappears In Shanghai

Posted on Jun 2, 2010 in Forced Eviction, Gong Min Walk 2010, International Relations, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Rule of Law in China, Sparrow Initiative | Comments Off on Gong Min Walker Disappears In Shanghai

Washington, DC,  June 2, 2010. Initiatives for China announced today the disappearance of a man last seen walking past the UN Pavilon at the World Trade Expo in Shanghai, China.  On May 20, Australian citizen, Mr. Zhang Xiaogang entered Mainland China via Hong Kong with the intention of taking a “Gong Min” or citizen walk to protest the Chinese government’s policy of forced evictions. Witnesses in Shanghai report that Zhang was arrested in his hotel after walking past the UN Pavilion on the Expo grounds wearing a T-Shirt with the words in Chinese which said “Gong Min Walk. Support the Sparrow Initiative.”  The Sparrow Initiative is the name for the citizen protest against the Chinese government’s forced evictions of citizens without compensation or due process. Citizens of Shanghai are particularly outraged by the forced eviction of over 18000 families...

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Gong Min Walk Expands Inside Mainland China

Posted on May 27, 2010 in Forced Eviction, Gong Min Walk 2010, International Relations, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Rule of Law in China, Sparrow Initiative | Comments Off on Gong Min Walk Expands Inside Mainland China

Effort Seeks To “Push The Envelope” On Non Violent Action To Protest Government Policies Of Forced Evictions and Blacklisting. “The idea of Gong Min walking as method of non violent protest is becoming a recognized as an effective way for ordinary citizens to express dissatisfaction with government actions and policies while minimizing the threat of arrest”- Yang Jianli, Harvard Fellow and President, Initiatives for China Washington DC, May 27, 2010.   Initiatives for China announced today the first of a series of “Gong Min Walks” inside of Mainland China as part of an grass roots effort to expand organized non violent action against practices of the ruling communist party, which characterize the government’s systemic repression of its citizens.  “The first participant of GongMin Walk 2010 has arrived in a city outside China and is about to cross the border. I...

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