In Wake of Mideast Protests, Chinese Activist Detained

By Tang Ming, Epoch Times
February 21, 2011 1:33 pm Last Updated: March 3, 2011 6:36 pm

Liao Shuangyuan (R), a democracy activist from Guizhou Province, with his wife Wu Yuqin, and Lai Jinbiao. Liao was taken away by police after arranging a meeting with Lai and has not been heard from since. (The Epoch Times Photo Archive)
Liao Shuangyuan (R), a democracy activist from Guizhou Province, with his wife Wu Yuqin, and Lai Jinbiao. Liao was taken away by police after arranging a meeting with Lai and has not been heard from since. (The Epoch Times Photo Archive)
The revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt are making the Chinese regime extremely nervous as democracy activists are placed under strict surveillance by secret police.

Liao Shuangyuan, a democratic activist from Guizhou Province, planned to meet his friend Lai Jinbiao, an activist who lives in Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province. They arranged to meet for lunch on Feb. 16 and take the 7 p.m. train to Guiyang City together.

Lai Jinbiao told the Epoch Times, “To our surprise, when Mr. Liao arrived at my house, over 10 security officers also showed up and demanded that Mr. Liao go with them. Mr. Liao insisted on having lunch in my house. At around 1:10 p.m., he was taken away. I have not been able to reach his cell phone since. Just now, his wife called asking his whereabouts. We wish the media could pay more attention to this matter.”

Lai Jinbiao also said, “The Communist Party Central Committee already knew we celebrated Mubarak’s resignation. Some public security officers secretly revealed to us that very soon the Central Committee will take action against democratic activists in Zhejiang Province.”

Another activist from Zhejiang Province, Mr. Wu Yilong said that all Mr. Liao did was to visit his friend in Hangzhou City. Yet the national security officers forced their way into the house and effectively kidnapped Mr. Liao—they’re the ones who broke the law, he said.

While the Mideast democracy movement was underway, Hangzhou activists, including Lai Jinbiao and Zhu Yifu, were placed under surveillance. Their phones were tapped and their Internet access was often interrupted.

While talking to an Epoch Times reporter, Wu Yilong’s phone was cut off.

Guizhou Human Rights Research Committee strongly demanded Liao Shuangyuan be released immediately. They said the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) tramples on the law, and arbitrarily arrests and detains citizens.

The Research Committee wrote the following statement on an Internet forum: “The ripple effect of the democratic movements in Tunisia and Egypt are reaching the CCP. When the power of democracy unites, great energy will be generated to propel the democratic movement forward. It is also Chinese people’s heart-felt wish that no one can deter.”

Chen Kaipin, a Chinese democracy activist from Hangzhou, recently planned to run for representative of the National People's Congress. (The Epoch Times Photo Archive)
Chen Kaipin, a Chinese democracy activist from Hangzhou, recently planned to run for representative of the National People's Congress. (The Epoch Times Photo Archive)
At around 2 p.m. on Feb. 17, the reporter succeeded in contacting Mr. Liao Shuangyuan. Mr. Liao said “Today around noon, police and national security officers from Guiyang City came to Hangzhou and we are now on our way to the airport. I was illegally detained in Hangzhou for 23 hours and I don’t think I have my freedom now.”

Mr. Chen Kaipin from Hangzhou is popular because of his ability to compose powerful slogans. Recently, he was harassed by the local authorities because he wanted to run for the representative of the National People’s Congress.

“The local government is extremely nervous about me running for the National People’s Congress (NPC). Two national security officers talked to me directly asking me to stop. They said since I was just released from prison and have no money, I am not eligible to be the representative of the People’s Congress.”

The NPC is China’s rubber-stamp legislature.

According to Mr. Chen, the two officers did not shy away from telling him the plain truth about the corrupt NPC system of elections. “They told me that those representatives are all rich people handpicked by the communist regime,” he said.

“Even if you went to the local residents’ committee, they will not listen to you. Running for an election is just like doing business,” Mr. Chen said. “Only if you commingle with regime officials can you succeed in your business”

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