China: A man arrested for micro-blogging about Taxi driver strike

According to NDdaily, a man, known as Mr. Zhou, was arrested for micro-blogging a Taxi driver strike at Xianning city in Hubei province on December 19, 2010 under the charge of “organizing a mob to disturb the social order”. He is still under police detention.

Mr. Zhou was once a taxi driver and participated in Taxi driver strike back in 2006. But he changed his occupation to insurance salesman in 2007.

On December 16, 2010, a large scale Taxi driver strike took place in Xianning city and on December 18, Mr. Zhou reported the strike via his Tianya micro blog account. He had sent out a total of 17 posts on the strike and the last one is: “Since December 16 2010, a large scale Taxi driver strike has taken place in Hubei Xianning. The reason behind the action is the government's decision to draw back the Taxi operation license which had been issued for more than 10 years. This strike is similar to the one happened in February 2006. However, this time the police has arrested the active drivers. All the government has mobilized all the city police to monitor and track down the drivers. All level of the governments and leaders of city, county and town governments are determined to accomplish the mission.”

Mr. Zhou was arrested the next day on December 19 2010 and his computer was confiscated. According to the arrest document, he was in suspect of “organizing a mob to disturb the social order”. Till now, he is still being detained at the Xianan district detention center.

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