藝術家 #劉進興（又名「追魂」）將於2020年8月13日於南京市宣武區法院開庭受審，被控以「尋釁滋事罪」。他於2019年5月28日被帶走，被拘禁近15個月才被安排庭審。他曾聲援2014年的「雨傘運動」被拘禁9個月。這次可能面對更長年期囚禁 。Artist #LiuJinxing (better known as #ZhuiHun) will be tried at Xuanwu District Court in Nanjing on 13 August 2020. Liu is accused of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”. He was taken away on 28 May 2019 and has been detained for nearly 15 months before being taken before a judge. In 2014, he supported the “Umbrella Movement” and was detained for nine months. This time, he’s likely facing several years of imprisonment.
Name: Liu Jinxing, aka Zhui Hun (劉進興，又名追魂)
Date of birth: 4 August 1972
Date of detention: 29 May 2019 (criminal detention)
Location: Police took him away with five other activists in Nanjing
Ground of detention: Picking quarrels and provoking trouble
Date of formal arrest: 5 July 2019
Date of Indictment: 14 January 2020
Legal representation: Beijing lawyer Liang Xiaojun
Date of trial:
Location of detention/imprisonment: Nanjing No. 3 Detention Centre, Jiangsu Province
Description: Police took away Liu, a Hubei province born artist, on 28 May 2019, along with five other artists in Nanjing, Jiangsu, and criminally detained him the next day. Police officers searched Liu’s home in Beijing, confiscating his artworks and some printed materials. The other five artists were subsequently released on bail.
His friends believed that Liu Jinxing’s detention was related to the government’s crackdown on activists before the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre. Among the activists and artists circle, he was famous for selling his artworks to help support other detained political activists.
Liu Jinxing was only allowed his first lawyer’s visit on 23 September 2019. His previous requests were denied as the police claimed that his case involved “endangering state security”. The lawyer learned during the visit that Liu had been formally arrested on charges of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”.
On 14 January 2020, Xuanwu District Procuratorate in Nanjing indicted Liu and listed his “crimes” as producing videos and artworks to support detained political prisoners. His trial is scheduled to take place at Xuanwu District Court on 13 August 2020.
Liu had been detained for several times for his art and activism, including being detained in October 2014 for his performance art to support the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong. He was released in July 2015 after being clear of criminal charges. Liu has lived in the Songzhuang art colony in Songzhuang Town of Tongzhou District in Beijing, the most famous and largest artist community in the municipality.
For more information: https://www.nchrd.org/2020/06/liu-jinxing/
Updated on: 6 August 2020