28 December, 2014 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile





mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 06/03/2011
CHINA
To commemorate the 4 June massacre, China arrests other dissidents
Ahead of the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, many activists and democrats have been put under house arrest or have disappeared. Since February, Beijing has arrested hundreds of dissidents, fearing Jasmine Revolution-style protests.

Beijing (AsiaNews/Agencies) - China is arresting dissidents and democrats ahead of the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, which occurred on 4 June 1989 when the army fired on peaceful demonstrators, killing thousands. Since February, the worst repression against dissidents since 1998 has been seen.

Dissident He Depu and writer Liu Di have recently been put under house arrest, under strict surveillance, as reported by the advocacy group Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD). On 1 June, Beijing dissident Cha Jianguo was "warned" by security forces not to write articles or conduct media interviews around 4 June. Officers and vehicles were stationed downstairs from his home. Many other activists in Beijing, says CHRD, have been warned not to write about the massacre or take part in any gatherings around the anniversary, such as Xia Yeliang, a professor of economics at Peking University. Internet blogger Zhang Chao was questioned for hours by police on 30 May.

Also on 1 June, Zhao Lianhai, rights defender for babies sickened from the tainted milk scandal, was stopped by police in Beijing while he was walking with his family. He was held for four hours in a snack bar without explanation. Once they returned home, he discovered that the electricity was cut.

The dissident Gao Hongming has "disappeared" as well as Guiyang activists Chen Xi, Liao Shuangyuan and Wu Yuqin.

But arrests and intimidations are taking place throughout China. On 31 May police took dissident Zhang Jiankang from his home in Xi'an, Shaanxi, for a “trip.” On 2 June, Chengdu artist Chen Yunfei was put under house arrest, as well as Qin Yongmin of Wuhan. Li Renke of Guiyang was taken by police to "go on a trip" out of town. Writer Dang Guan of Anhui was stopped by police while on his way to Guangzhou, and brought back. On 30 May, police interrogated He Shilin, an independent candidate for the local people’s congress from Hangzhou.

Added to these are hundreds of dissidents arrested since mid-February out of fear that China will see its own Jasmine Revolution. Many of them are still in prison or under house arrest, others have been held for weeks without charge and without the opportunity to defend themselves. Others have "disappeared" - kidnapped by police and detained for days, and even weeks. CHRD says it is unable to contact those who were arrested and later released. The area around the house of activist Chen Guangcheng in Shuanghou, Linnan County, Linyi City, has been blocked since his release from prison in September 2010. It is still cordoned off by police.

On 1 June, the human rights activist Li Shuangde (pictured), detained since March, was convicted following a 20-minute trial, four months in prison and a fine of 20 thousand yuan for "credit card fraud." Ran Tong, Li's lawyer, considered the accusation "unfounded," but before the trial Li was released and officials told Ran that Li had pleaded guilty.

 

The repression continues against those who defend civil rights. The petitioner Feng Dacheng, of Fangchenggang (Guangxi), was arrested for "obstructing official business" while traveling to Beijing to present a petition against requisition of land in his village. During clashes between residents and the police over the requisition on 21 April 2010, Feng was shot 11 times with rubber bullets and spent 40 days in hospital.


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
04/09/2011 CHINA - HONG KONG
Forced labour for defending rights and praising Jasmine Revolution
06/03/2005 CHINA
Amnesty: Beijing must face up to Tiananmen massacre
06/02/2005 CHINA
Police watchful ahead of June 4
05/28/2005 CHINA
Tiananmen Mothers: "Beijng must beg pardon before History"
01/02/2007 CHINA
Mongolian dissident’s wife begs world not to forget him

Editor's choices
IRAQ - VATICAN
As 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' continues, Mosul bishop notes that Jesus is born amid refugee containers
by Amel NonaPersecuted by the Islamic state, refugees have lost everything: belongings, home, jobs, school, and their future. Yet, their faith and mission remain strong. For them, almost 900,000 euros have been raised and sent. Pope Francis sends a message of closeness. The campaign continues according to the Patriarch of Baghdad's proposal of fasting and moderation at Christmas and New Year, with the money saved offered to the Christians of Mosul.
IRAQ
Chaldean Patriarch calls for fasting on Christmas Eve for refugees' return to Mosul
by Joseph MahmoudMar Louis Sako calls on the faithful not to celebrate Christmas and New Year in a "worldly" fashion, with pomp and abundance, out of solidarity with the people who fled the Nineveh plains, persecuted by the Islamic Army. AsiaNews is joining the fast proposed by the Patriarch and calls on all readers to give what they would have otherwise spent in support of the campaign 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul'.
IRAQ - ITALY
Letter from Archbishop of Mosul: Thank you for your aid, supporting the plight of refugees
by Amel NonaThe donations made through the "Adopt a Christian from Mosul" campaign are used to buy food, warm clothes, blankets for refugees and rent houses or caravans given the early onset of winter and. Two women have defended their Christian faith before the Islamist militants who wanted to convert them, despite the threat of death. A refugee among refugees, Msgr. Nona discovers a new way of being a pastor.

Dossier

by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.