On-line petition to free Dr. Jiang Yanyong

We’ve seen it before with Du Daobin and the Stainless Steel Mouse, Liu Di. Now there’s an online petition to free the SARS whistleblower, a national hero in China, and it reportedly already has 400 signatures.

Hundreds of Chinese on the mainland and abroad have added their names to an online petition to free Dr Jiang Yanyong, the doctor who blew the whistle on China’s initial cover-up of the Sars outbreak last year.
‘Everytime they arrest someone, we launch a petition. When will it end?’

He is widely reported to have been detained for writing a letter in March denouncing the Chinese government’s handling of the Tiananmen incident and calling for a review of the crackdown on student demonstrators in 1989.

By yesterday evening, the website had collected more than 400 signatures.

Those who have signed the online petition at the website include academics such as well-known economist Mao Yushi, relatives of those who died during the Tiananmen Square incident, as well as people working or living abroad.

In a letter addressed to Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao, the petitioners pleaded for the release of Dr Jiang.

They said: ‘For more than a month, we’ve waited silently for Dr Jiang’s safe return.

‘But we are disappointed and now we want to speak up loudly: Release Dr Jiang unconditionally now!’

If anyone has the link or a copy of the petition please let me know so I can post it here. Thanks.

UPDATE: Petition in Chinese is here.

The Discussion: 2 Comments

Any advice for those of us who don’t speak Chinese but would like to do something about about this latest outrage — I posted something on SARS Watch Org and on my personal blog, and wrote letters to my Senators, but do you have ideas for other things that I could do?

July 12, 2004 @ 1:46 pm | Comment

The only petition out there is in Chinese. I suggest you simply write about it on your site and contribute to the stream of protest.

July 13, 2004 @ 8:55 pm | Comment

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