Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Home Lead Story China Places Petitioners Under Surveillance, City-Wide Security

China Places Petitioners Under Surveillance, City-Wide Security

"The government knows as soon as you try to buy a ticket, and they come to stop you petitioning."

Authorities in the Chinese capital have placed a number of high-profile dissidents under police guard and stepped up city-wide security ahead of a high-profile conference showcasing President Xi Jinping’s “Belt and Road” global infrastructure plan.

The Belt and Road Forum will see 37 heads of state and government converging on Beijing from Thursday through Saturday, including leaders of Austria, Hungary, Italy, and Russia.

International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde, and U.N. secretary-general Antonio Guterres are also expected to attend, according to China’s foreign minister Wang Yi.

Residents of Beijing said police are now routinely stopping people on the streets and checking their ID.

“They are checking ID in Beijing right now, asking passersby where they are going, and where they came from,” a resident surnamed Liu told RFA. “Around the Southern Railway Station, they have drafted in a bunch of young police officers from I don’t know where, with dogs.”

“They are also running security checks and checking ID at the metro stations,” Liu said. “It’s really tight, as if we’re on high alert,” she said.

China
“They have been on duty watching me since April 22, and limiting my freedom,” Qi said. “They are watching me because the Belt and Road Forum is about to open.” RFA

She said the security measures at the Southern Railway Station began on April 18.

“Things are so strict in Beijing right now,” housing rights activist Ni Yulan told RFA on Wednesday. “Basically, nobody from out of town is allowed into Beijing, and they have placed sensitive figures, such as dissidents and petitioners, under control and surveillance, so they can’t move around freely.”

“They are now paying close attention to people they didn’t particularly care about before,” she said. “The family members of anyone pursuing a complaint [against the government] are now really affected.”

Close surveillance

Beijing resident Qi Zhiyong, who was maimed when a People’s Liberation Army (PLA) tank ran over his legs on the night of June 3, 1989, during the bloody crackdown on the student-led pro-democracy movement, said he has been under close surveillance since Monday.

“They have been on duty watching me since April 22, and limiting my freedom,” Qi said. “They are watching me because the Belt and Road Forum is about to open.”

Qi said his movements will likely be restricted until April 29, and that he isn’t the only one being targeted.

“[Democracy activists] He Depu, Gao Hongming, and Zha Jianguo, also Hu Jia, Zhang Baocheng, and Li Wei were all placed under surveillance from April 23,” he said. “Also, they’re detaining petitioners now. If they find them during an ID check on the streets, they’ll detain them.”

China
A migrant worker sits next to his belonging against a wall displaying a Chinese government propaganda message at the Beijing railway station in Beijing, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. China’s economic growth hit a three-decade low in 2018, adding to pressure on Beijing to beef up stimulus measures and settle a tariff war with Washington. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) RFA

Wu Shuyun, a petitioner from the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu, said many petitioners had been refused train tickets to Beijing when they tried to buy them ahead of the forum.

Also Read:6 Best Budget Watches for Men

“There is a huge stability maintenance operation in Chengdu at the moment,” Wu said. “The government knows as soon as you try to buy a ticket, and they come to stop you petitioning.”

“People are getting stopped at the railway station when they try to travel to Beijing to complain, and beaten up and their phones confiscated.” (RFA)

STAY CONNECTED

19,145FansLike
362FollowersFollow
1,775FollowersFollow

Most Popular

Self-Driving Cars To Navigate Rush Hour Traffic On This Planet: NASA

A laser-based technology designed to help spacecraft land on a proverbial dime for missions to the Moon and Mars is also helping self-driving cars...

Choose Correct Diet And Workout To Stay Motivated: Actor Sunny Singh

Actor Sunny Singh says when you choose the correct diet and workout, you will always be motivated. "It's been quite a long that I've been...

ICAR Builds Technology To Make Bacteriophages To Control Shrimp Diseases

The ICAR-Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture (CIBA) on Monday said it has transferred its technology to make bacteriophages, or viruses that eat bacteria, to...

NEP Arrived When India Is Redefining Itself As “Atmanirbhar Bharat”

The New Education Policy (NEP) has infused a new wave of optimism with the vision of strengthening the education system, branching out into varied...

Venom Of Largest Spiders To Help Irritable Bowel Syndrome Patients

The venom from one of the largest spiders in the world may bring the hope to ease the gut pain suffered by millions of...

Ketogenic Diet May Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

Eating healthy, low calorie food could help fight the fungi in the gut and thus reduce the risk of dementia among senior citizens, doctors...

45% of the Top 100 Google Searches Related to Travel Amid Pandemic

After living months in isolation during the pandemic, the travel bug has hit millions of people and according to Google, 45 per cent of...

Bollywood Kills, Sexually Abuses: Debates Parliament

Bollywood kills, Bollywood sexually abuses', were some of the allegations that resonated in the Parliament House complex on Monday. BJP Rajya Sabha member Roopa Ganguly,...

Recent Comments