US Citizen Ge Xun Beaten & Interrogated in Beijing

At Seeing Red in China, Yaxue Cao translates Ge Xun’s account of his recent detention and deportation (Part 2 here). Having travelled to for his mother’s funeral, Ge was held for 21 hours and violently interrogated about his involvement in various causes, including online campaigning for Chen Guangcheng [zh]:

Interrogator: “What is it all about? You are the initiator, correct? Who are the members? How much money have you spent on it? Who gave you the money?”

Me: “I set it up to collect everything about in Chinese or other . The purpose is to get more to know about him, raise awareness of the plight of him and his family, and call for his . It needs no money, nor did anyone give me money. It’s built on a free blogging platform. Members are whom I don’t personally know …. We don’t originate content. I am not a leader, and there is no need for us to contact each other.”

Interrogator: “That’s not possible! How can a website belong to no organization, no leader, not spending money? Impossible!”

“Believe it or not, nobody leads,” I said, thinking, Where do these people come from? Do you have to have a leader to call for freedom?

Reading the whole account is strongly recommended: Part 1, Part 2

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