During the sessions of the National People’s Congress and National Committee of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, many appellants traveled to Beijing to voice their dissatisfaction. More and more appellants have started actively resisting the authorities who attempt to block their appeals.
Incident at Beijing South Railroad Station
Appellants from around China traveled to Beijing to pass out fliers, apply for demonstration permits, visit foreign embassies and display banners. The appellants have grown increasingly frustrated at the authorities blocking their appeals and have resorted to actions such as destroying police vehicles.
According to a witness, Beijing is undertaking a city-wide block against the appellants and authorities are confiscating their cell phones. On several occasions, appellants have united to beat authorities who obstruct their activities.
On March 9, over 30 appellants were present at the Beijing South Railroad Station. When a female official tried to arrest an appellant and confiscate his cell phone, the appellant beat the official. According to a witness, the official later called about eight unidentified persons over in a vehicle with a Beijing license plate. The unidentified persons and the appellants began to fight.
Eight Arrested for Applying to Hold a Parade
On March 9, eight appellants from Shanghai were arrested for attempting to apply for a parade permit from the Beijing Ministry of Public Security. The appellants are currently detained at a sub branch of the Tiananmen police station. These eight appellants are Chen Guoqing, Shen Jianmin, Li Huifang, Xu Jinfang, Gu Ximing, Zhu Xiuzhen, Wang Chengqi, Dong Guojing.
According to Shen Jianmin, the Ministry of Public Security did not accept their request and instead took them to a sub branch of the Tiananmen police station, where many other appellants are detained. Shen said, “We have just been waiting since we got registered. There are probably one to two hundred people here.”
It was reported that on March 8, Shanghai appellants Jin Yuehua and Shen Fenglan were arrested for applying for a parade permit at the public security office. They are currently detained at a jail in Minhang. Both appellants have lost contact with their families and their cell phones are disconnected.
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