Three strike ag­i­ta­tors sen­tenced

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By XIN­HUA in Guangzhou

Three peo­ple who or­ga­nized la­bor strikes were found guilty of dis­rupt­ing public or­der on Mon­day and handed sus­pended sen­tences rang­ing from 18 months to three years by a court in Guangzhou, Guang­dong province.

Zeng Feiyang was given a four-year sus­pended sen­tence. He will serve jail time only if he breaks the law dur­ing the sen­tence pe­riod. Tang Huanx­ing and Zhu Xiaomei were each given 18-month sen­tences that were sus­pended for two years. All three had worked at a sup­port cen­ter for mi­grant work­ers founded by Zeng that has since been closed by au­thor­i­ties.

“The de­fen­dants ig­nored na­tional laws and or­ga­nized mass gath­er­ings that dis­turbed so­cial or­der. Their acts, of a se­vere na­ture, re­sulted in an en­ter­prise be­ing sus­pended and led to grave losses,” a state­ment by Panyu Dis­trict Peo­ple’s Court said.

Ac­cord­ing to the court, Zeng led the cen­ter. Tang was re­spon­si­ble for on­line pub­lic­ity and Zhu was in charge of man­ag­ing mi­grant work­ers.

All three pleaded guilty and chose not to ap­peal.

In a state­ment given at the trial, Zeng ad­mit­ted he had re­ceived fund­ing and train­ing from “some over­seas or­ga­ni­za­tions hos­tile to China”.

he three de­fen­dants con­fessed to be­ing in­flu­enced by for­eign­ers af­ter they were ar­rested. The fact that they were all first-time of­fend­ers was a fac­tor in the light penal­ties, the court said.

In his fi­nal state­ment, Zeng bowed to the court and ex­pressed “deep re­gret”.

“I ac­cepted train­ing and fund­ing from over­seas or­ga­ni­za­tions hos­tile to China and, at their re­quest, in­cited and or­ga­nized work­ers to pro­tect their rights in an ex­treme way,” Zeng said.

He said that he had re­ceived large amounts of money from over­seas or­ga­ni­za­tions and had been touted as “the star of the la­bor move­ment”.

“I hope that oth­ers will take my case as a les­son and not be conned by such or­ga­ni­za­tions,” Zeng said, calling on work­ers to pro­tect their rights through le­gal chan­nels.

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