Chinese authorities mounting a smear campaign against detained human rights

Vastavam web: Chinese authorities appear to be mounting a smear campaign against a detained human rights lawyer by releasing a seemingly edited police video which shows him resisting arrest and then swinging at an officer, campaigners say.Yu Wensheng was seized Friday by roughly a dozen police, including a SWAT team, as he left his Beijing apartment to walk his child to school, sources said.The video, taken by a police body cam and published Tuesday by state media outlet The Paper, showed police surrounding the 50-year-old on a street before dawn and telling him he was to be detained for “provoking trouble”.

Yu’s 13-year-old son — who had run back home to tell his mother what happened, according to defence lawyer Huang Hanzhong — did not appear in the video.”An unedited video is not available so it’s hard to say what happened, but it looked like it was taken during Yu’s arrest,” Huang told AFP.The video appears to show that police did not present Yu with a written summons notice, Huang said, a possible violation of Chinese law.Police appeared to be trying to provoke him by deploying three cars and a dozen officers, he said.He was charged with disrupting a public service, according to a detention order seen by AFP.

Huang said the charge referred to Yu’s altercation with the police, a crime that carries a maximum three-year jail sentence.It does not explain why the police were at Yu’s apartment in the first place, however.The video was “obviously heavily edited” to suggest Yu had spontaneously engaged in unprovoked violence towards police, according to William Nee, China researcher at Amnesty International.State media often shows televised “confessions” from suspects in detention or on bail, a tactic that lawyers say violates their right to a fair trial.