Dissenters Arrested and Beaten in China – Clifford Coonan

The Independent reports on how dissidents are spending their days in the run-up to the 17th Party Congress:

Li Heping, a prominent lawyer, was reportedly abducted at the weekend by plain-clothed security officers who put a hood over his head and drove him in an unmarked car to a basement. He he was stripped and beaten for hours as his captors taunted him and told him to leave Beijing…

Gao Zhisheng, a human rights lawyer, was taken from his home on 22 September, by state security agents, after writing to the US Congress to voice concern about rights abuses ahead of the Olympics. He has not been seen since. The writer Lu Gengsong was charged after a month in jail with inciting subversion, and another Beijing activist was threatened with being sectioned. [Full text]

Read also “Chinese lawyer recounts abduction” from the International Herald Tribune.