From Toronto Star:
When Liu Xia moved into her new flat here at the beginning of the year, Beijing’s security police moved in too.
Not directly into her apartment, mind you – just out front.
“They built a guardhouse in the courtyard right in front of the building where I live,” she says during an interview at a neighbourhood tea house. “Whenever I go out for a walk they greet me saying, `Heading out?'”
Then they fall in behind.
She was followed to the tea house for this interview.
Liu Xia is a short, slight, soft-spoken woman – a painter, poet and photographer. She doesn’t seem like a candidate for close surveillance by the Chinese state.