Legal Pub is regularly blocked in
Who was this inspirational man? Wei was the manager of a Chinese construction company. By most accounts, he was a good family member who respected the government but believed in freedom of speech and press. Last month, Wei was driving his car when saw about 50 city inspectors beating local villagers who were trying to stop trucks from dumping trash near their homes. Wei took photos with his cell phone. The city inspectors saw Wei and literally beat him to death. The 41-year-old Wei was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. .
Xiong Peiyun wrote in the Southern Metropolis Daily, "… Wei Wenhua's death stands as clear proof of the violent ways of local city inspectors. It's 2008 and another citizen goes down. When will we stand up and restrain the law enforcement violence of this city inspectors system?"
World wide, more and more victims are using blogs to report abuse of authority. Modern citizens, even in
Wei has been elevated to the status of Sun Zhigang , the 27 year old who died in 2003 in
Article 35 of the Chinese Constitution is supposed to guarantee freedom of speech but the government continues to restrict the flow of information. Chinese authorities are stepping up efforts to monitor and restrict internet use. Reporters Without Borders fights against censorship and promotes freedom of the press.Internet data centers have been closed down, along with numerous Web sites. Controversial blogs like Legal Pub are blocked and unblocked at regular intervals.
Wei and his photos were erased on that fateful day. But his legend and inspiration lives. Welcome to our Chinese readers that are able to pierce the firewall of ignorance designed to oppress ordinary people. Only one word, that word is “courage.”