Tiananmen psychosis: at least 50 people missing, detained, interrogated
Beijing (AsiaNews ) - At least 50 people have disappeared in police
custody, arrested for "disturbing public order", questioned, frisked
and threatened on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen massacre. Although
the government continues to preach that the bloody event is now water under the
bridge, every year before the date of June 4, authorities carry out raids and
arrests in different regions of China.
The night between 3 and 4 June the Chinese army, armed with tanks and guns, forcibly evacuated Tiananmen Square, occupied for over a month by workers and students asking for greater democracy and less corruption. Several hundred - perhaps thousands - of young people were killed, crushed by tanks or hit by bullets (see photo).
On 26 May, Henan police arrested a group of people in Zhengzhou, guilty of having participated in a memorial for the deceased Hu Yaobang and Zhao Ziyang on 2 February. The death of the reformer Hu in April 89 was the spark that caused the first oceanic gatherings of students in Tiananmen Square, with its tragic epilogue. Zhao, then prime minister and party secretary, was deposed and imprisoned for sympathizing with the students.
The Zhengzhou group include Hou Shuai, Shi Yu and Fang Yan, taken from their homes on May 26. The next day, Hou was arrested for allegedly "gathering a crowd and disturbing public order". The house of Shi, a journalist, was raided by police, who confiscated computers, files, notebooks and Ipad.
On May 27, the police interrogated their lawyer, Bayang Chang , who is also suspected of "disturbing public order". Hou is now detained in Zhengzhou's Public Security prison no. 3; Shi and Chang are being held in the Erligang police station .
On 26 May, the Zhengzhou lawyer Ji Laisong was accused of "gathering crowds and disturbing public order". He is now detained in the Xingyang Public Security prison no. 3.
May 23 husband and wife Shiwen Yu and Chen Wei ended up in prison for taking part in the commemoration of February 2 , after having been under house arrest since last February .
On 17 May, the blogger Liu Wen was transported from Beijing to Chongqing and imprisoned for "creating disturbances ". Liu had arrived in Beijing in April and was filmed in Tiananmen Square, which could be the cause of his detention . Liu Wei had already served two years of re-education through labor (laojiao) for having published articles on the internet about a possible "Jasmine Revolution" in China. Since his return to freedom, in January 2013, the police have continued to keep him under surveillance.
The site of the CHRD (China Human Rights Defenders) has published a list of 50 people (activists, lawyers, bloggers, Christians) troubled by police. Since April, the authorities have carried out arrests, kidnappings , interrogations in the municipalities of Beijing, Shanghai , Chongqing and the provinces of Guangdong, Guizhou, Henan, Shaanxi, Shandong and Zhejiang.
So far there have been 27 arrests ; five administrative detentions and seven missing. Some of those who are in police custody have been abused physically and psychologically, and denied the right to see a lawyer or have medicine for their healthcare.