Shanghai Democracy Activists Disappear Prior to National Day

October 10, 2009 Updated: October 19, 2009

Human rights activists in Shanghai were monitored and followed prior to Oct. 1, the 60th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party's rule in China, while some simply disappeared, according to interviews with such people and their friends.

Democracy activists Li Guotao and Jin Bingfa disappeared, according to their friends who were contacted by The Epoch Times. Their telephones were supposed to have been monitored, and they were not free to move or even speak in private.

Shen Jizhong, an activist over 70 years old, said that since Sept. 20 he was followed by two persons every day. Even when he has gone to washrooms, they follow him in, he said. During the period leading up to the June 4 Tiananmen Square massacre, he was monitored for three weeks, while during the run-up to the Olympic Games, he was monitored for two months.

On their way to Beijing before National Day, a group of Shanghai dissidents were arrested, forty-four sent back to Shanghai on the same day.

Zhou Jingzhi as well as 15 other dissidents were beaten severely for refusing to hand in original papers regarding their appeals, as they exlained in later interviews. Six were detained, the rest were all put under house arrest.

Earlier this year, a number of dissidents initiated a nationwide anti-monitoring and anti-violence movement. They said in their initiative that if they have a few hundred people attending a rally, they would shout, “Knock down the communists.”

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