Blogger, activist, feminist and one-time prostitute Ye Haiyan has been given 15 days’ administrative detention for beating three of the eleven intruders who entered her house on May 30 with a cleaver. Her lawyer intends to appeal the decision on the grounds that the people broke into her house to cause a disturbance, and that Ye retaliated in self-defence.
The three injured people, surnamed Zhang, Liang and Tan, said that Ye, who turned prostitute to investigate sex workers’ conditions, had sullied the name of their ’10 yuan sex exchange’ store in the process. Furious that she had also posted photos of a relative of theirs, the men stormed into her house one day through an unlocked door, and a fight ensued where Ye took to three people with a cleaver.
Her lawyer claims she retaliated out of self defence in order to protect her thirteen year old daughter and herself.
“I just picked the cleaver up to chase them away. It must’ve come into contact with them by accident. How can they be seriously hurt [by the cleaver] if their clothes aren’t even torn?” Ye said.
The attack came soon after Ye’s protest against child sex abuse, in which she posted a photo of herself holding a sign which read “Principal, call me if you want to get a room. Leave the pupils alone”, went viral on the Chinese internet.
Tang Jitian , a Beijing-based rights lawyer, http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1250041/school-sexual-abuse-protester-ye-haiyan-beaten “[Ye] has also been seen as a thorn in the side of local authorities obsessed with maintaining social stability. This is not the first time she has been harassed.”
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