Chinese authorities have slapped Taiwanese rights activist Li Ming-che (a community college lecturer and an activist at a human rights non-governmental organisation in Taiwan) with a five-year jail term for subverting state power.
The decision by China has forced Taiwan’s ruling political party to label the verdict “totally unacceptable” and has seen many supporters form the words “China! Free Li” during a protest to urge for his release in Beijing.
Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said that it was “strongly dissatisfied and regretful” of the result, calling for Beijing to allow Li to return to Taiwan.
Li’s wife, Li Ching-yu while speaking to reporters said her husband had long realised that his rights work came with a cost and that there were “tigers in the mountains”.
“He came to understand early on that he must accept the torment of being made to accept guilt and of being imprisoned,” she said.
Li who according to videos of his hearing released by Chinese authorities confessed to attempting to subvert the Beijing government, in Taipei, Taiwan, has said he accepted the ruling and would not appeal.
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