China Crackdown on Dissidents Continues Despite Citizen’s Nobel Peace Prize

As the Chinese government continues to harden the official line against Nobel laureate , authorities are also cracking down on his activist colleagues. From the Washington Post:

Pu Zhiqiang, a civil rights lawyer, said he was detained for three days in a hotel after the Nobel announcement Oct. 8 and remains under heavy surveillance. “Everywhere I go, a policeman will follow me for sure,” he said by phone. “Sometimes I ask them to drive my car for me.”

Li Heping, a human rights lawyer, said that on Oct. 8, police officers brought comforters and slept at the door of his apartment and now follow him everywhere, including to meetings with clients. “Once my friend sent me a text message to invite me to dinner,” he said. “They knew, and came and asked me for the details.”

Another lawyer, Li Fangping, said three policemen have been following him for three weeks. “I went on a business trip two days ago, and they saw me off at the train station,” he said.


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