Regime Summons Former Human Rights Lawyer 71 Times
Former human rights lawyer, Zheng Enchong, was summoned by regime officials for the fourth time in the past five days up to July 16. This is the 71st time the police have harassed Zheng since 2006. Zheng believes the Xinjiang riot and foreign media’s attempt to interview Zheng have led to this recent assault from the police.
Since July 12, the Shanghai Zhabei Public Security District requested Zheng report to them four times over the past five consecutive days. Each time he was detained for 10 to 12 hours, with just one 10 minute routine record inquisition, and was left sitting on a bench for the remainder of the time. The summons have been conducted based on a so-called financial investigation, but only appear to serve as a form of imprisonment.
Security line set up under high tension
Zheng says he paid close attention to the Xinjiang uprising. The Chinese Communist authority claimed that the July 5 Xinjiang incident was a sudden emerging riot, smashing, and looting, which forced the armed police to react. However, doubts arise through his observation.
He explains, “The Xinjiang satellite TV news report helped to raise a major question.”
“On July 11, Xinjiang TV news interviewed an armed police captain, “Are you the first to arrive at the scene?” His response was, “We received the order on July 1.” Zheng pointed out the questionable point—the troop’s station is located 1,400 kilometers from Urumqi. “Obviously the order was received on July 1, requesting them to arrive in Urumqi on July 5.”
Earlier, a French TV reporter had called Zheng and requested an interview on July 14. When the police summoned Zheng on Tuesday, the security line was set up around his apartment for the very first time. “At 12:10 PM, more than a dozen police vehicles came. There were also policewomen. I guess they probably assumed there would be a female reporter. The security line was set up from 1 PM until 5:30 PM.”
Zheng indicates that security is rarely seen in his building. “This shows that they are very nervous and concerned. There are even police in uniform guarding at the front building.”
Foreign media interview rule becomes an empty promise
Zheng mentions that his situation clearly indicates all of the so-called “open policy” to foreign media established prior to the Olympic Games was but a lie to deceive the international community. The CCP has not only continued its tight control over speech, but has also intensified it. The recent blockade of speech and internet has once again demonstrated the fact.
Even though the French reporter has not been available, Zheng’s wife, Jiang Meili, expresses her wish to welcome foreign media to interview Zheng. They would like the French reporter to continue to contact them for the freedom and rights to interview.
Jiang Meili calls for international support of Zheng and requests the CCP to stop violating Zheng’s rights by immediately terminating the summons.
Zheng Enchong, former Shanghai human rights lawyer, was wrongfully imprisoned in 2003 due to his direct exposure of the collusion between Zhou Zhengyi and the Shanghai faction of the CCP. Since his release on June 5, 2006, he has been under close surveillance by dozens of plain-clothed police stationed in his neighborhood. Zheng is prohibited from traveling and job searching, he is deprived of personal freedom and severed of financial resources. He has been harassed and frequently summoned by the police. To date, he has been requested to report to the police 71 times.
Zheng Enchong continues his efforts to expose the corruption of the Shanghai faction of the CCP. He has publicly denounced the CCP and its related organizations, and also calls on people to withdraw from the evil organizations of the CCP.
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