Retired worker, 61, is China’s latest cyber-dissident to be arrested

There’s not much I can add to this. It sounds too depressing to be true:

A retired worker from Shanghai will be tried on subversion charges for publishing Internet articles promoting democracy in China, a human rights organisation said yesterday.

One of 61-year-old Sang Jiancheng’s articles appealed to the Communist Party to protect the interests of retired workers and said corrupt officials needed to be eliminated from the system, the Hong Kong-based Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy said.

This kind of thing, like the arrest of “stainless steel butterfly” Liu Di, is self-destructive. It does little to enhance the image of the New China the CCP is striving for, an image of a more enlightened, fairer and reform-minded country.

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The Gweilo’s China Briefing: 2003-11-21

NOV 11/01 TOPICS: China’s crackdown on perceived internet dissent, its burgeoning AIDs crises, a first-hand report from the scene of recent anti-Japanese riots in Xi’an, the revival of a policy from the time of the Cultural Revolution, Hong Kong’s ongo…

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