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[SZ] Maglev protesters win case against police

2015-June-18       Source: Szdaily.com

The two women, who participated in a protest against a government plan to build a maglev linking Luohu and Xiaomeisha, were each compensated 1,003.45 yuan (US$164) and their punishment has been changed into a verbal warning.

Shenzhen Intermediate People's Court has ordered Luohu police to withdraw their order to detain two women for five days.

The two women, who participated in a protest against a government plan to build a maglev linking Luohu and Xiaomeisha, were each compensated 1,003.45 yuan (US$164) and their punishment has been changed into a verbal warning.

On July 8, 2014, around 200 residents in Liantang, Luohu District, gathered at the office building of Shenzhen Metro Group in Futian CBD, demanding a dialogue over construction of a proposed maglev rail, or Metro Line 8, which will go past the Liantang area in Luohu when completed.

The crowd blocked the entrance to the office building for three hours. After Luohu police appealed to the crowd, some protesters became angry.

The police detained two protesters, identified as Chen and Zhu, for five days. The two were described as "active protesters" and said to be leading the crowd.

The two took Luohu police to court, but Luohu District People's Court upheld the decision. The two then appealed to the intermediate court, which ruled in favor of the two women.

At the first trial on Oct. 16, the Luohu court ruled that the two women disrupted public order. Chen and Zhu denied that they had caused problems and said it was wrong to detain them because they didn't cause serious trouble.

Court documents show that Chen and Zhu raised funds and solicited signatures to protest against Metro Line 8 going through the Liantang area.

At the second trial, the intermediate court ruled that Chen and Zhu did disrupt public order, but police couldn't provide evidence that the two had caused any serious problems.

Editor: Chan

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