Learning The Limits Of ‘Freedom’ In China

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.


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