Today (November 8) is the fourth day since the barbaric persecution by individuals from the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Justice against my firm and myself became public. I had just returned from defending renowned journalist Zheng Yichun, who had been sentenced and illegally detained for his speech, when I received a phone call from the Bureau of Justice wanting to speak with me. I had originally planned to compose another open letter today to Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao regarding the barbarous tactics utilized by individuals at the Bureau of Justice against me. Seeing that officials had used their authority to suspend my license and I had little time remaining as a lawyer, I temporarily gave up the notion of writing another letter and decided to take care of matters that could only be done with a lawyer’s status. I sat down to commit to paper the deep and humble gratitude of my family and myself for the range and scope of the support we received from civilized societies all over the globe. The numerous supporting phone calls, text messages and letters we received throughout mainland China, excluding Qinghai Province and Tibet, continuously filled our hearts with gratitude and warmth. I then had to hurriedly leave for the Chenjiashan Coal mine in Tongchuan City, in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province to extend my hand to relatives of victims. My assistant also urgently departed for Guangzhou Province to help Mr. Guo Feixiong, who is still held illegally in custody.