This fabulous infographic from Legal Daily explaining the recent action against lawyers is truly worthy of study. I hope you will log in and use factlink to continue the discussion of individual statements that we have already begun.[one_fourth] [/one_fourth][three_fourth_last]Your Circle is a Real Mess
Explaining the "Rights Defense" ring in one graphic
Who are the "Rights Defense Ring"?
An suspected major criminal syndicate that since July 2012 has used the Fengrui Law Office in Beijing as a platform to organize, plan, and hype up over 40 sensitive cases and serious disruptions of public order.
The vast majority of ring members are dissatisfied with the current situation and with the government, taking advantage of a few incidents to vent and cause trouble, advocating that it's "an honor to be arrested".
- Organization Core:
- Fengrui Law Office head Zhou Shifeng's administrative assistant Liu Sixin, the lawyers exchange group and others
- Action planners:
- Lawyers Wang Yu, Wang Quanzhang, and promoters Cui Yan, Bao Longjun
- Casual participants:
- Liu Huang and others
The Content of "Rights Defense"
√ Not taking cases that aren't sensitive
√ Not hyping incidents that aren't hotspots
"Rights Defense" Funds
|Online fundraising||Foreign (non-mainland) funding|
The "Rights Protection" Workflow
|"Rights Protection" Lawyers||Promoters||"Petitioners"|
|Take the lead in initiating||Plot and organize||Gather around and cause trouble|
Take "The Qingan Shooting Case" as an example
1.Online Hype: "Rights defense" lawyers set up a Qing'an Incident Rights Defense Group, issuing rumors and inflammatory speech ⇓
2. Race to the Scene: 6 lawyers in Qingan station large banners, and Xu Chunhe mother signed Dali ⇓
3. Touts Promote: Pressure is put on the government by Doxing local officials, Wu Gan offered a reward of 100,000 yuan for video of the scene⇓
4. Organizing the so-called petitioners: Petitioners were organized to "express their support" in Qing'an on five occasions, for which they could be compensated
Characteristics of "Rights Defense"
New: A new way of thinking, lawyers no longer operate following the legal procedures as before
Unusual: Invite a few 'characters' like Wu Gan to do a few things that normal people wouldn't do. For example, Wu Gan once stuck a photo of a female cadre's face on a naked manikin, broadcast "the Daily Sleep" online, and set up a 'wake' for a certain high court leader outside the courts doors.
Special: Use a few special methods such as handling cases by making verbal shows of support on and offline and stirring up bystanders; Reporting and making complaints about judges, police handling the cases and officials; organize parties, friends and family, as well as uninvolved parties, to lay siege to political and legal organs.
Use WeChat, QQ groups, Telegram, and other messaging tools
Incite planning of these actions and carry out operations training
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$ The Goals of "Rights Defense"
|Lawyers||Law Firm Staff||"Petitioners"|
|Raise their profiles, earn higher fees||Enrich themselves while collecting donations||Hundreds in subsidies, detention allowances, and incidentally resolve personal grievances|
"Rights Defense" Cases
The case of a certain Mr Xue in Qufu, Shandong Province
The Jiansanjiang Incident in Heilongjiang Province
The incident of the detention of the Zhengzhou Ten
The case of the lawyer Xie Yang taking legal action against Hunan judicial administration authorities
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