(Century Weekly) Cheng Jianping (程建萍) was detained for 5 days, and followed by a year of manual labor reeducation because of a tweet she posted on Twitter.
Cheng Jianping (Internet name: Wang Yi王译), 46 year old, freelancer, who came from Xinxiang City, Henan Province. Since June of this year, Cheng and her fiancé Hua Chunhui (华春辉) lived in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province.
October 17, 2010, anti-Japanese demonstration broke out in Mianyang City, Sichuan Province. Cheng and her fiancé saw this news on the Internet, some demonstrators snatched away and smashed people’s Japan-made camcorders, cameras and cell phones on the streets. Hua Chunhui thought no matter what, destruction of other’s property is against the law, so he posted a tweet on Twitter:
“Anti-Japanese demonstrations, smashing Japanese products, such things Guo Quan and them have already done that years ago, nothing new. Actually the most effective thing is flying to Shanghai immediately and smash the Japanese Pavilion at the Expo.”
Cheng Jianping thought it was really sarcastic so she retweeted the message and also tweeted “Fenqing, (angry youth) charge!”
11 days later, October 28, 2010, it was Hua Chunhui’s birthday, also the day Cheng and Hua decided to get married. However two of them were taken away by the police. The next day, Wuxi Municipal Public Security Bureau gave Cheng Jianping her “Public Security Administrative Punishment Decision” – 5 days of detention. The decision letter said, “It is verified: October 17th, 2010, Cheng Jianping retweeted Hua Chunhui’s ‘smashing Japanese Pavilion’ etc. tweet messages, and also posted ‘Fenqing, charge!’, ‘go smash it!’, inciting Internet users to go to Shanghai World Expo to destroy Japanese Pavilion. (crime was) seized on October 29, 2010.”
On the same day, Wuxi Municipal Public Security Bureau Branch also gave Hua Chunhui the “Public Security Administrative Punishment Decision”, said It is verified, on October 17, 2010 Hua Chunhui, at home, through Internet, “posted on Twitter to incite Internet users to go to Shanghai World Expo to smash the Japanese Pavilion, plotting to disrupt order at the Shanghai World Expo.” Hua Chunhui was to be detained for 10 days.
After serving the detentions, Hua Chunhui was released to go home, however Cheng Jianping was again sentenced to go to reeducation through labor. November 3, the same day Cheng was removed from detention, Henan police escorted her back to her home province. Several days later, Xinxiang City Committee of Reeducation Trough Labor wrote a “Reeducation Through Labor Decision”, which sentenced Cheng to reeducation through labor for one year. The basis of the decision was the same as the “Public Security Administrative Punishment Decision”.
November 15, Cheng was taken to Hennan Province Women’s Reeducation through Labor Management Center. Hua Chunhui said, when during her physical examination, she was found to be sick and rejected by the reeducation center. Next day morning, Cheng once again was examined and was identified to have myocardial ischemia, labor camp once again refused to take her in. However, after insisted by the police, Cheng was eventually put into the labor camp. Currently, Cheng Jianping has commissioned lawyer to prepare administrative proceedings to sue the Xinxiang City Committee.
“Labor education trial scheme” began trial in 1982, till now it has been “tried” for 28 years. This “scheme” was based on the following three laws, “The State Council decision on the issue of reeducation through labor” 《国务院关于劳动教养问题的决定》 enacted in 1957, "The State Council decision on the supplementary education through labor" 《国务院关于劳动教养的补充决定》 enacted in 1979 and “Handling of fleeing or recidivating laborers and detainees" 《关于处理逃跑或者重新犯罪的劳改犯和劳教人员的决定》enacted in 1981. Over the years these laws have been controversial for being unconstitutional.