The second trial of lawyer Xu Zhiyong, the founder of the New Citizens Movement, is set to begin in Beijing this morning. For more, see our post yesterday.

The following are Xu Zhiyong’s words, conveying the spirit of the New Citizens Movement and shared today by the movement’s members:

Citizens, let us begin from this moment. No matter where you are, no matter what your profession, rich or poor, let us in the depths of our hearts, in our daily lives, on the internet, and on every inch of this vast land, firmly and loudly declare the identity that rightfully belongs to us: I am a citizen; we are citizens.

公民们,就让我们从现在开始吧。无论你身在何处,无论你从事何种职业,无论你贫穷还是富裕,让我们在内心深处,在现实生活中,在互联网上,在中华大地的每一寸土地上,坚定而自豪地说出本来属于我们的身份: 我是公民,我们是公民.

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