Zeng Jinyan: I Visited Hu Jia Today

Zeng Jinyan writes her account of a recent visit with her husband, political prisoner Hu Jia, translated by the China Freedom Press blog:

Yesterday morning I received a telephone call from the prison, notifying me that on Wednesday September 24 I could go to Tianjin City’s Chaobai Prison Hangu Qinghe Work Farm to visit my husband Hu Jia. Because the prison is so far away, and I have my baby and parents to take care of, and it was raining, and it would be dark when I returned and I feared it would be unsafe, I requested to switch the date to Thursday September 25. They agreed.

The police had informed me that from now on my visits to see Hu Jia would be coordinated between me and the prison officials directly. As long as I informed the police, they would no longer play go-between or require accompanying me to the prison. Yesterday evening I picked up Hu Jia’s mother. This morning at 8:20 we left home, and arrived at the prison at 10:40. Then we waited there for the visit to be arranged. We heard the prison officials talking about Hu Jia and them making their arrangements. At 2:20 p.m. we left the prison and arrived back home at 5 p.m. Altogether we traveled 338 kilometers, and spent 160 yuan on highway tolls. The new highway makes the trip faster, but it is still very tiring for one person to drive the whole way.

September 26, 2008 8:49 PM
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