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Petitioners Detained During Party Congress

By Zhu Zhishan & Xiong Bin
NTD Staff
Created: November 13, 2012 Last Updated: November 14, 2012
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The photo shows petitioners from different areas in China in Beijing on July 1, 2012. Recently, a number of petitioners were detained during the 18th National Party Congress. (Provided by a source in Mainland China)

The photo shows petitioners from different areas in China in Beijing on July 1, 2012. Recently, a number of petitioners were detained during the 18th National Party Congress. (Provided by a source in Mainland China)

Ge Zhihui, a victim of forced house demolition, has become a target of “control” by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) during the 18th Party Congress because of her years of persistent petitioning. 

About a month ago, the authorities kidnapped her eight-year-old son in order to force her to appear. Ms. Ge proclaimed her intention to fight for justice even at the risk of her son’s life and made sure the public was aware of the kidnapping of her son.

In a video recording, Ge Zhihui said that last year the authorities had also threatened her with her son’s security during annual meetings of the National People’s Congress and Political Consultative Conference. She was subsequently imprisoned for 14 days. 

This year, the authorities also kidnapped her ex-husband’s mother to force her to appear again for the two meetings. Her son and ex-husband are now both illegally detained by the authorities for the 18th Party Congress. She is now urging people to show their support. 

Beijing petitioner Ge Zhihui declared, “You have forcibly torn down my house. I have been disabled by your beatings. You have even sent me to jail. Now you illegally kidnap my son and my ex-husband. The CCP regime is a criminal gangster. Immediately release my son! There will be retribution for your acts! I hope all the citizens of China, as well as human rights activists will take notice of my case.”

Human Rights Campaign in China organizer Hu Jun expressed his amazement at a government being involved in holding a child hostage and believes this regime is destroying itself. 

Hu said, “It is protected by police, security, and nuclear weapons, yet fears a 40-year-old woman in a wheelchair so much that a child was used as a hostage! This can not be rationalized. It [the CCP] is dying, and this is its last crazy act before it perishes.” 

Beijing petitioner Wu Tianli called the CCP “a rogue government.” 

“There are more than 20 people and at least two cars in front of my house,” Wu said. “I cannot go out, even to see a doctor. We are facing an unprecedented rogue government that brutally represses the people in the name of the 18th Party Congress.” 

During the 18th Party Congress, the State Bureau for Letters and Calls, where petitioners have the legal right to appeal state wrongdoing, has been heavily guarded. Police cars from various provinces and cities as well as plainclothes officers are everywhere monitoring the surroundings and bus stops. Each province has its officers stationed in Beijing to watch and take into custody petitioners who may happen along. The State Bureau for Letters and Calls is currently characterized by zero petitioners, a rare scene.

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