Chasing the soul (Liu Jinxing) was sentenced to 1 year and 8 months in prison in the first instance

On December 22, 2020, we learned that: today the chasing soul (Liu Jinxing) agent Xie Yan Yi received the criminal verdict of the Nanjing Xuanwu District Court chasing soul Liu Jinxing, chasing soul was sentenced to 1 year and 8 months in prison for provoking trouble. The sentence is until January 28, 2021.

    On May 29, 2019, he was detained in Nanjing on suspicion of picking quarrels and provoking trouble, and after more than 14 months in custody, the trial was held on August 13, 2020, in the first courtroom of the Xuanwu District Court in Nanjing, and the court only held the trial by video on the grounds of epidemic. The verdict was delivered on December 17, 2020, with a sentence of 1 year and 8 months.

    Liu Jinxing: born in August 1972, a native of Huangshi City, Hubei Province, with the screen name “Soul Chaser”, is a folk artist and a citizen of rights protection.

    He has been harassed by the authorities and put under surveillance since 2000, when he moved into the Songzhuang artist community in Beijing, mainly engaged in oil painting and performance art creation.

    On June 1, 2010, he was administratively detained by the local police for 10 days for organizing and planning the “Riverbed Spontaneous Art Festival” to defend the artists’ right to free expression; on March 20, 2011, he was arrested for organizing and planning the “Individuals” performance art exhibition in Songzhuang, a “sensitive zone”, which involved the Sunflower Movement and other sensitive works, and the exhibition was closed by the authorities, while he was detained for 30 days and released on bail for one year for defending the artists’ right to free creation and expression.

    On September 26, 2012, he was detained by the police for 30 days and released on bail for one year on suspicion of “gathering a crowd to disturb public order” for his participation in the artist Kuang Laowu’s performance art “Abolish re-education through labor and release the artist”.

    On October 8, 2014, he was summoned again by the Beijing police to raid his home for expressing solidarity with the Occupation in Hong Kong and concern about the cancellation of Su Xianting’s independent video exhibition, and was later detained in Beijing Tongzhou District Detention Center on suspicion of “provoking and provoking trouble”.

    He was formally arrested on November 7, 2014, and released on bail on July 9, 2015.

    On May 28, 2019 (the eve of the 30th anniversary of June 4), he went to Nanjing with five other Songzhuang artists and was lost on his way to tour the exhibition of the Movement of Conscience in China; on May 29, he was detained by Nanjing Xuanwu District Police on suspicion of “provoking and provoking trouble”, and his residence in Beijing was raided and all his works were taken away.

    On August 13, 2020, his case was formally heard in Nanjing Xuanwu District Court by remote video, but no verdict has been pronounced yet; it is reported that he made his final statement in court, stating that he “does not want to eat prison food”; on September 7, it is also reported that his family received a notice from the prison authorities that his health is worrying due to his hunger strike in prison. 2020 December December 17, 2020

    He is currently detained in Nanjing No. 3 Detention Center.