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New York Time A Mild Shanghai Lawyer and His Accidental Crusade

A Mild Shanghai Lawyer and His Accidental Crusade
   By HOWARD W. FRENCH
   Published: September 18, 2004 new york time
   SHANGHAI
   WHEN Guo Guoting pauses to think about the course his life has taken, it is the jagged lines, the result of a series of accidents, that impress him most.

   As a college student, he set his sights on physics, but his score on the graduate study exam betrayed him, so he ended up studying law instead.
   
   After graduation from law school, he was sent by the government to be a judge in Fujian Province. Upon arriving there, he was told that what the courts really needed was lawyers, so Mr. Guo complied and went into practice.
   Mr. Guo eventually settled in Shanghai, where he became established in shipping law. Here, his life was altered once again by events more unexpected than anything that had come before. His troubles began when he heard about a law school classmate who had been jailed for taking on the Shanghai authorities over the sudden eviction of neighborhoods marked for real estate development.
   The classmate, Zheng Enchong, had not been a close friend. Mr. Guo said he barely recalled him, in fact. But hearing the man had been jailed - after a five-hour secret trial - for filing hundreds of lawsuits on behalf of dispossessed Shanghai residents, and recognizing that no other lawyers would represent him for fear of being blacklisted, or worse, Mr. Guo said he felt compelled to step forward.
   "I wasn't being a hero," said Mr. Guo, 46, a short, affable man previously known by his colleagues more for his strong work ethic and modesty than for crusading. "I was doing the right thing."
   The rest, as they say, is history, personal history of the brutal, hard-knock variety commonplace in China, a place that may be changing rapidly in many ways but where one old rule endures: you can't fight City Hall.
   SINCE he was a young man, Mr. Guo said, he has dreamed of a quiet life in a small village somewhere, a life in the shadows of a mountain in a small house close enough to a river or brook to hear the gurgling flow of the water from his study.
   "I don't like arguments," he said, chuckling at himself, during a interview in a restaurant atop a skyscraper affording one of the best views of this city's skyline. "I don't even enjoy social intercourse so much, to tell the truth. My kind of personality really isn't suited for being a lawyer."
   For his efforts to defend a friend and principle, Mr. Guo has recently been driven from the law, deprived of a livelihood after most of his paying clientele was scared away, but not before adding his name to a long and growing roll of accidental activists, people driven to do something in their own immediate spheres by the intolerable injustices they encounter in everyday life.
   One of those is the dispossession of the powerless, which has long been the dirty little secret behind much of China's extraordinary urban development. Local authorities have been able to condemn buildings and clear land without so much as a hearing, and distribute the land to developers in murky, no-bid sweetheart deals.
   In Shanghai, a fantasyland of skyscrapers today in a city where tall buildings scarcely existed only 15 years ago, these stories have a particularly breathtaking quality to them. In some instances, residents of old properties in choice areas of the city have been summoned to the police station only to return and find their houses demolished.
   Mr. Zheng had angered local officials by filing a series of lawsuits and court motions designed to at least slow the land expropriations.
   In a touch that could have been borrowed from Kafka, the city government accused Mr. Zheng of violating security laws for faxing public documents about a real estate case to a human rights group in the United States.
   That was when Mr. Guo took up his case, filing an appeal for his schoolmate in the Shanghai High People's Court. Immediately, he said, there were warnings to stop, subtle at first, but then increasingly menacing. Then his main business, representing maritime shippers, began to fall off, his clients frightened away. "The authorities called me in 18 times to tell me to abandon this case," he said. "It's not a legal matter, it's a political matter, they'd say.
   "Finally, a midlevel cadre warned me, 'If you pursue this case any further, whatever comes of it will be entirely your own responsibility.'
   A Mild Shanghai Lawyer and His Accidental Crusade
   Published: September 18, 2004
    Gao Feng/Imagine China, for The New York Times
   "I believe that, one case at a time, we can change the legal system.
   "Other city officials approached me privately to say they personally didn't want to do this to me," said Mr. Guo, whose hands stay busy with his cellphone and cigarettes as he speaks. "It is the people behind the scenes, the higher ups who have decided this. This is how things work in China, the powerful people remain invisible, but there will always be mid-level cadres who are willing to tell you what is happening."
   Despite the mounting trouble, Mr. Guo said he had given blunt advice to his classmate, Mr. Zheng. "I told him that you have a choice," he said. "If you drop the matter and admit that you were wrong, you can go free. But if you do that, nobody will respect you."
   Mr. Zheng remained resolute, but his appeal was ultimately rejected.
   Mr. Guo's feelings about social justice developed only gradually. Slowly, in the course of his practice, activism bit him, he says, as he began exchanging ideas with other lawyers about how to improve the workings of China's rickety legal system and to protect individual rights. Encouraged by colleagues, Mr. Guo eventually began posting his thoughts on legal issues on the Internet. He emerged as a prominent figure in local law circles, someone looked up to and regarded with awe by younger lawyers.
   "Most Chinese lawyers just want to make money, to become rich," Mr. Guo said in an initial interview some weeks ago, sounding almost like a happy warrior. "I want to make money, too, but as a man, I don't want to forget my purpose, or forget higher ideals. I believe that, one case at a time we can change the legal system."
   SEEN again more recently, after the news that Mr. Zheng's appeal had been denied, the lawyer seemed like a different man, defeated, even depressed. Another case he had taken on, an even more radical challenge to the system, was now headed to a foreordained defeat. It was a defense of a citizen's rights under the Constitution to try to form an independent political party.
   Speaking at a teahouse, dressed casually in short sleeves, Mr. Guo somberly announced he was quitting the law. He had been spending his own money to argue cases like these and had not had any income for the last four months, and could not support his family.
   The political case had meaning for him because he saw some value in putting his arguments on the Internet. "It is the demand of the people and of the times to end one-party rule and to free the press," he wrote in his bold summation. The authorities, however, had already blocked Mr. Guo's writings from the legal Web sites he once used.
   "I always thought things would gradually get better," Mr. Guo said, explaining how things had come to this pass. "I now realize how dark our society is, and our legal system is just the same."
   Fighting with city hall in Shanghai - and losing Published in International HeraldTribune - Indexed on Sep 17, 2004 Relevance: SHANGHAI When Guo Guoting pauses tothink about the course his life has taken, it is the jagged lines, the results ... shanghai.newstrove.com/ - 101k
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   ... Fighting with city hall in Shanghai - and losing When Guo Guoting pauses to thinkabout the course his life has taken, it is the jagged lines, the results of a seriesof accidents, that impress him most.As a college student, he set his sights ... www.fujianpost.com/ - 101k
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