5 July, 2005

punk god in exile

China has started court action against a dissident who, among other things, posted lyrics to a punk rock song on the internet. From Taiwan, POTS interviews the writer of those lyrics, Ao Bo, who - along with another member of the band Punk God - is now in exile in Sweden.

FOLLOWING A press release by the organization Human Rights in China
(HRIC) on Jun. 15, it was widely reported that Chinese dissident Zhang
Lin (張林) was being put on trial for subverting state power in China’s
Anhui Province, with evidence against him including lyrics from a punk
rock song he’d quoted on an essay published on the Internet.
this week, Ao Bo (敖博), the writer of those lyrics and lead singer of
the band Punk God (盤古), contacted POTS, praising Zhang Lin as “a hero”
and commenting on the cited essay and his relationship with Zhang Lin.
essay in question, “Pangu – The Hysterical Ravings of the Chinese
People,” was singled out of the 192 Internet writings described in the
indictment handed down by the Bengbu municipal procuratorate on May 23
of this year, according to HRIC. The lyrics quoted were, “The Yellow
River should run dry, this society should collapse, this system should
be destroyed, this race should become extinct, this country should

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