April 30, 2019
Authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong on Tuesday released a human rights lawyer known as “China’s Gandhi” at the end of his sentence for subversion.
Tang Jingling served a five-year jail term after being found guilty of “incitement to subvert state power” by the Guangzhou Intermediate People’s Court in the provincial capital.
“Overall I’m not doing too badly,” Tang told RFA shortly after his release on Monday.
Tang’s first act on his release was to travel to pay his respects at his mother’s grave in Jingzhou city, in the central province of Hubei. But he said he would need to go back to Guangzhou soon.
“During my post-release medical, they found some kidney stones that are growing pretty fast, so I plan to go back to Guangzhou pretty soon to sort out my health problems,” Tang said.
“I would like to thank everyone who helped and supported me. You are the reason we were able to get through this difficult time,” he said.
Tang said he still plans to keep fighting for a free and democratic China, but after he has restored himself to better health.