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Sunday, May 15, 2005 

The case of Tang Ye

It was about last week that I heard a few people associated with the recent Anti-Japanese protests were rounded up and put into jail. That time, not knowing anything about the people who got caught, I thought the news was really disguisting.

Today, when I read in Zheng's blog about the news again, I feel totally sorry and sad for Mr. TANG Ye, the author of "A detailed instruction on the Protest Against Right Wing Japanese", an email which has been widely circulated on the internet a few days before the Anti-Japanese protest in Shanghai.

It turned out that the instructions Tang wrote were intended for circulation internally at his workplace only. But someone from his company posted it to the world wide web without omitting Tang's name and contact information.

Once the word was out, the message was unstoppable. By noon time, it was wide-spread.

Mr. Tong, a white-collar worker in Shanghai, landed a five year jail term for what he wrote.

This led to Zheng's question, "Who is Mr. Tong sheltering the consequences for?"

In recent days, there is another letter that has been circulating on the internet, calling for moral support for Tang. Here is a rough translation.

"As a citizen with conscience as well as as a person who has received and forwarded the email, we should admit that, at least at that moment, Mr. Tang was standing together with us on the same side. But Mr. Tang sheltered the responsibilties for all of us.

The power of individual is very small.

But if
we can't offer a helping hand in law,
we can't add our voice in the public discourse,
we can't help financially,
we should at least offer moral support."

The author of the above email also urged people to, from now on until May 16th, put a yellow ribbon on trees in Shanghai's People Square, "to express our best wishes" for Tang Ye. He asked people to forward the email.

The case of Tang Ye is now a hot topic.

However, one blogger said he tried to search for Tang Hua name in Baidu, a Chinese search engine. But he realized that all sensitive speech were removed. And so, for safety reasons, the blogger wouldn't comment on the case.

I did a search on Tang Ye's name in a few Chinese blog search engines. Only 2-3 results. But if I go on to a search engine, there are more. Well, about 24 results when I did the search.

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