The following is a translation of a note by activist Hu Jia, after he and a group of activists took photos of the plainclothes officers assigned to follow them. Thanks to David Cowhig for the translation. See also ESWN’s translation “My Life With The Plainclothesmen” by lawyer Gao Zhisheng:
When you left [writing to lawyer Gao Zhisheng], Wang Guoqi looked out the window and watched the black Audis without license plates down below. After half an hour [after meeting with lawyer Gao Zhisheng], our group of over ten people went out of the restaurant. No sooner had we left the Jiutouwu restaurant that we noticed a Nissan Bluebird with two people in the back seat taking our picture. We immediately took out our own cameras and rushed over. When we approached, we saw that it was one of the cars that had kept us under surveillance during the visit of the United Nations Special Commisioner on Torture (I took a similar picture at that time as well). The one who hurried back to the car is the same one of the plain clothes People’s Armed Police November 16, driving a black Audi almost got into a fight with. This time the black Audi A6, which before had the plate Jing AG1354 had no plate (it may have been the same car, but state organs often use that luxurious model of car purchased with the blood and sweat of the people) . The front of the car was marked security, policy, and Beijing Security to clothe it in a sort of tyrannical power. The Nissan Bluebird we saw before with plate Jing CE3707 had switch to Tianjin plate Jin AU3651.
When we rushed over, the plainclothesman in the backseat who had been taking our picture hurriedly put down his camera and ducked towards the right rear, since that there is an antireflective coating on the windshield there and so we couldn’t see clearly and so were unable to photograph the face of the plainclothesman. Once his comrade had gotten into the front seat, they made a quick left turn to avoid our cameras so we were unable to photograph his face. Althought the policemen in the front turned his head down, we did manage to get an indistinct though still recognizable picture. He is one of the court of eight or nine who my friends have called my bodyguards, now in the capital city they have joined your service. Lawyer Gao Zhisheng, you are truly enjoying the infinite royal graciousness of our great Communist Party.