26.10. 709 crackdown (2015, 中國709維權律師大抓捕事件)

Hundreds of human rights activists put into jail in quick succession. Short forms:

  • 709大抓捕

  • 710律师劫

709 refers to the date when the arrests started: 09 July 2015. There were about 200 arrests.

It is impossible to have Rule of law (法治) when the lawyers for certain causes always go to jail.

News coverage:

709 lawyers
Figure 270. Baidiucao (巴丢草) cartoon of about 40 of the arrested lawyers. TODO full name list. Source.
709 lawyers
Figure 271. Wu Gan (吴淦) is a human rights activist detained in 2015 around the 709 crackdown, and sentenced in 2017 for 8 years for Inciting subversion of state power (煽动颠覆国家政权罪). In this image from 2013 he is stating a protest on the streets. By complete "accident", he had spinal injury while he was detained before trial.
I need to talk to a human rights lawyer
Figure 272. "I need to talk to a human rights lawyer. Well, you’ve come to the right place." by Harry Harrison (2015), presumably referring to 709 crackdown (2015, 中國709維權律師大抓捕事件). Source.
Scarfolk win your human rights
Figure 273. "Win your human rights" spoof poster by Scarfolk Council (2016). Source.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1ixo2TyamI Secretly imprisoned human rights lawyers by Xu Lin (徐琳) (2017, 秘密关押的人权律师). A tribute to 709 crackdown (2015, 中國709維權律師大抓捕事件).