December 23rd, 2011
04:22 AM ET

Chinese dissident receives 9 years in prison

Beijing (CNN) - Veteran rights activist Chen Wei was sentenced to nine years in prison Friday by a Chinese court in one of the harshest sentences involving a dissident this year.

A court in Suining in southwestern China's Sichuan province found the 42-year-old guilty of inciting subversion of state power.

Chen was detained in February after he published essays online that mentioned the 1989 Tiananmen protests, calling for freedom of speech, democracy and political reform.

"Everyone has opinions, but he was brave enough to express his openly and was punished for it," Wang Xiaoyan, Chen's wife, said in an interview with CNN. "I feel no sadness, just pure anger at how this all played out."

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  1. chrissy

    Is it just me? Doesnt 9 years sound like an awfully long time in prison for a (non-violent) protest crime? Another good reason to never go to china!

    December 23, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Oh, chrissy–I had business calls.
    I'm a little better. I went to the gym today. I'd tried to start back two weeks ago, but it was too soon.
    I'm doing some work.

    December 23, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Nine years will certainly remind each member of the People United exactly where his place is and keep him in line with the party.
    Did you ever read Mao's Little Red Book?

    December 23, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    Umm no, cant say that i have! Ive never been imtriqued with communism much. And mostly, i like CHINESE food and art, as for the rest of their customs, they can keep em! lol

    December 23, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    And Joey, i believe we told you 2 weeks ago banasy and i told you that you were going at it too soon! Ancient chinese secret eh? Dont run before you can walk WELL! Lmao

    December 23, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BOMBO

    Human rights abuses are one thing that should concern us all. But one could argue that's an internal issue.

    Other things that should concern us all is how China sells weapons to marginal countries, and protects North Korea while they sell weapons to confirmed terrorist sponsor countries. We should also be concerned that they helped Pakistan and North Korea develop nuclear weapons. Those are international issues.

    December 23, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bobcat (in a hat)

    Ancient Chinese saying
    Man who stand on incline, not on level.

    December 23, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bobcat (in a hat)

    Ancient Chinese saying

    Woman who fly upside down, have crack up.

    I apologize for that one.

    December 23, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Of all things the U.S. consumer purchases, bearing the label "MADE IN CHINA", what percentage ends up directly as the workers earnings, and what percentage ends up in the governments?

    December 23, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    If the above question of mine, you had answered as: The government ends up with the highest percentage of proceeds from the U.S. consumer, then why is the highest distribution of the Federal Deficit belong to China?

    December 23, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bobcat (in a hat)

    What exactly is "inciting subversion of state" ? Is that like trying to incite violence to overthrow the government ? Or does it mean he was just flapping his gums too much ?

    December 23, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ bobcat (iah):
    You know what the bottom line is.
    This guy thinks that he deserves pay proportionate to his productivity.
    How dare he, when the People have United!

    December 23, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bobcat (in a hat)

    @JIF

    Okay. Now I know what the subversion was. I didn't know if he was a raradical activist or what. I forgot all you had to do was sneeze at someone over there.

    December 23, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Justlikeamerica

    Amnesia folks? Maplethorp > Cincinnati ART? Sentenced after death
    and ARIZONO Sheriffs pretend states rights? And ohhhh DO NOT INSULT
    Lieberman or "HIS" defeated troops. AZlways remember JEZZZUSSS is
    a "vengeful" god like Saturday Night LIVE and Pat the cuckoo Robertson.

    December 23, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ¿TTUИFFUЯ ( ½ ELF slayer & ½ BUGBEAR KILLER )

    those china men and kids need to stop being lazy and get back to work male more stuff for walmart..

    December 24, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
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