They say Your Mouth is Your Tiger, but Your Weibo Post is Your Tiger might be more appropriate, at least in the case of 16-year-old Yang Hui from Zhangjiachuan, Gansu Province. In China, most people are not so cautious when it comes to crossing the roads in heavy lines of traffic, but one should never ever cross the internet line. Cutting a long story short a 140 characters blog post that’s reshared 500+ web times can land you a seven-day detainment in China, but this didn’t stop Yang Hui. The middle school student was subjected to a one-week arrest on September under the criminal charge of “triggering mass disturbance by spreading rumors” after making comments on Weibo implying that a police investigation into the death of a local man in a karaoke parlor was corrupt and inadequate; in addition Yang Hui implied that the case was actually a murder committed by insiders.
Yang on the day of his release, September 23 2013
As Yang Hui’s arrest triggered “mass disturbance” protests and much criticism across the media, his penalty was finally lowered to an administrative detention that resulted in his release seven days later. A few days after the release he posted on his Weibo that he was back to school again, but some people never forget, and in November Yang Hui struck back by bringing the case up, demanding compensation from Zhangjiachuan County Public Security Bureau and Tianshui City Public Security Bureau as well as an apology on major media platforms for his detainment; the schoolboy becoming a thorn in the side of the authorities.
The compensation proposal was shortly rejected by both bureaucratic institutions. You Feizhu, the boy’s lawyer, published a blog post on his Weibo on Thursday regarding the detainment compensation.
“Today we received Zhangjiachuan County Public Security Bureau’s written decision on the Criminal Compensation : no pay , no apology. Also received Tianshui City Public Security Bureau administrative’s reconsideration decision: the decision status remains the same as the original administrative detention. “
Letter of Decision from Public Security Bureaus uploaded on Weibo by You Feizhu
The reasons behind the two public security bureaus were essentially the same, that the young student spreaded fabricated information, containing exaggerated and provocative remarks. And that Yang Hui was sentenced for committing a crime by stating false information that was reproduced and widely disseminated among the public, causing protests, traffic disturbances, and public disorder.
Although there’s no more Weibo hassle, and the case is officially closed, Yang Hui is back focusing on his education, and Yang’s father had requested that You Feizhu request the case goes to court after receiving rejection from the city and county police bureaus, marking a new stage for the particular “civilians vs authorities” trial.
Yang’s Father (middle) with two lawyers, picking up his son from detention.
The lawyer said “Yang’s father has decided to entrust me again to file for an appeal and administrative litigation. I asked him, where would we bring it to an end? and he answered, to Beijing, of course.”
Image Source: @游飞翥 Weibo