A Chinese civil rights defender has been illegally subpoenaed for participating in a rally that supported a man convicted of attacking police.
Cai Wenjun was subpoenaed on October 29, for participating in a rally in Shanghai in support of Yang Jia who allegedly murdered six police in July. Yang has since been handed a death sentence.
Yang’s case has had a significant impact on Chinese society, with many Chinese supporting his alleged murder of the police officers.
More than 1,000 people rallied at the Shanghai Municipal Higher People's Court to support Yang during his second hearing on October 13.
Many protestors were beaten and arrested by plainclothes police officers.
During the rally demonstrators yelled, “Viva, Yang Jia! Down with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)! Down with the Fascism!”
“Down with the CCP” images were posted on the Internet after the rally, and commentators have said that the whole event has angered and worried the communist leadership.
The Shanghai Public Security Bureau has been asked by the central authorities to investigate into the people participating in the demonstration that day.
Cai Wenjun said he was forcibly taken to the Shanghai Public Security Bureau without any legal proceedings at 9:25 a.m. on October 29. He was then interrogated for over three hours by officers.
“The police waited for me outside my home from 5 a.m. yesterday. When I was taking my child to play in the neighborhood, a police car pulled in to arrest me. When I asked them to show me their passes, they called in two more police cars with seven or eight police officers. A policeman, whose I.D. number was 025780, twisted my hands behind my back and pushed me into a police car. He also kicked me.”
Cai has been under police surveillance and subjected to their harassment since Jia’s conviction. After his arrest he was taken to the detention center in the basement of a police station. Two police officers from the branch office of the Pubic Security Bureau came to him, saying that they wanted to have a “chat” with him.
“They mainly asked me the questions about the demonstration supporting Yang Jia, including whether I had been to the rally during the trial, why I was there, what I did there, whether I wore the T-shirt with the words supporting Yang, how many people there were over there, etc.
“I asked the police why I was not allowed to be there during an open trial session,” Cai said.
Cai Wenjun is one of many other protesters in Shanghai, including Chang Xiongfa, Zhu Libin, Chen Enjian, Xi Rendi, Xu Yuexin, Dai Aifang, Zhang Cuiping, Xu Zhengqing, Zhang Taiping, Shen Yuelian, Cao Yibao, who were subpoenaed recently.
Some of their homes were ransacked by police searching for those who participated in the rally.
Sources who wish to remain anonymous said that the Shanghai Public Security Bureau received an emergency order on October 14, telling them to launch immediate operations to investigate the people involved in the rally on October 13.
During the protest at least five police vans were called in to forcibly transport more than 100 protesters. Some of the people who were taken to the prison at 500 Fucun Road and released later that evening have also received subpoenas from the Shanghai Public Security Bureau.