Free China Movement Update

Vol.2 No.12

1.Chinese Dissident being beaten by security officers after meeting American

2. PFDC leader barred from returning home country

3. Prominent CDP activists on Trial

4. Chinese workers persecuted after returning back from a strike in foreign country

1.Chinese Dissident Claims Beating

The Associated Press
Monday , December 6, 1999

BEIJING -- A Chinese democracy activist said Monday that he was detained for five days and beaten by police after chatting with a U.S. official and exchanging phone numbers.

Fu Sheng, a member of the outlawed China Democracy Party, said he was in Beijing on business and a friend arranged the meeting Nov. 28 with the U.S. Embassy official, Woo C. Lee. They spoke at the Beijing International Club Hotel near the embassy for 20 minutes, traded phone numbers and left, Fu said.

Fu suspected plainclothes police spied on the meeting and said he was detained two days later. During questioning, police grabbed him by the hair, threw him to the ground and punched and kicked him, he said. When he asked for water, Fu said, he got unclean tap water in a jar used for cigarette butts.

Police escorted him to his home city of Xi'an on Saturday and released him early Sunday, Fu said.

Beijing police spokesman Liu Wei was not available for comment, said his assistant, who added that no other officers could speak about the case.

The U.S. Embassy lodged a protest with the Chinese Foreign Ministry on Monday over Fu's treatment, embassy spokesman Bill Palmer said. He said Chinese citizens have a right to meet with American officials.

Yao Xiaozhou, another China Democracy Party member who had been missing since Nov. 13, has been charged with subversion, the Hong Kong-based Information Center of Human Rights and Democratic Movement in China reported. Yao, 23, was a leading member of the outlawed opposition party in the southern province of Hunan.

China's communist government refuses to allow any opposition to its monopoly on political power. About 18 members of the China Democracy Party have been tried on subversion charges in the past year and all have been sent to prison, some for terms of 10 to 13 years.

2. Chinese dissident barred from returning home

The Chinese authorities are reported to have prevented a veteran pro-democracy activist from returning home more than decade after he was forced into exile.

A Hong Kong-based human rights group the Information Centre of Human Rights and Democratic Movement in China said the activist, Ni Yuxian, who lives in New York, was intending to present a document calling on the Chinese authorities to respect human rights and promote democracy.

Ni Yuxian was sentenced to death by the Chinese authorities in 1977 for criticising the government but was released into exile in 1986.

3.Prominent CDP activists on Trial

By Renee Schoof
Associated Press Writer
Tuesday , November 30, 1999

BEIJING -- Two prominent members of an outlawed Chinese opposition party were tried for subversion today in the city of Anshan as part of a sweeping government campaign to quash dissent.

In Anshan in northeastern Liaoning province, the cases of would-be opposition party members Wang Zechen and Wang Wenjiang were heard in a 2½-hour session today, said a court spokeswoman whose surname was Meng. The verdict was not announced, in keeping with usual practice in dissident cases, but conviction was virtually assured under China's compliant court system.

At least 18 leading organizers of the short-lived China Democracy Party have been put on trial for subversion over the past year, the Hong Kong-based Information Center of Human Rights and Democratic Movement in China reported. Sentences have ranged from five to 13 years in prison.

Both Wangs, who are not related, are influential figures in China's small dissident community. Wang Zechen campaigned against radical communism more than 20 years ago and served time in jail. Wang Wenjiang, a lawyer, has represented dissidents in court. Police detained him last year to prevent him from defending China Democracy Party founder Wang Youcai.

In the Kuwait case, construction worker Chen Xianggui recently was convicted of "gathering people to disturb the social order," a charge based on his union activism while working in the Middle East, the Information Center reported.

Chen went to Kuwait in 1996 as one of thousands of Chinese overseas laborers and joined a union of foreign workers. He helped organize a one-week strike in Kuwait in 1997 over unpaid overtime, the Information Center said.The strike was legal under Kuwaiti law.

But Chinese authorities revoked Chen's passport in early 1998, forcing him to return to China. He was arrested and held until a court in his native Sichuan province convicted him Oct. 28.

A court official who gave only her surname, Zhou, confirmed the conviction. Chen has appealed.

In the third case, veteran Beijing rights activist Wang Wanxing has been forcibly committed again to a police-run psychiatric hospital, the New York-based group Human Rights in China reported. Wang's wife said he is mentally stable.

Wang was initially sent to the hospital in 1992 after he tried to unfurl a banner in Beijing's Tiananmen Square commemorating victims of the 1989 military assault on pro-democracy demonstrators.

He was released for a three-month trial period this August but was warned not to talk to foreigners or dissidents or listen to foreign news broadcasts, Human Rights in China reported. Police seized Wang after he said he would hold a news conference about his treatment in the hospital, the rights group said.

4. Chinese workers persecuted after returning back from a strike in foreign country

According to Associated Press, a Chinese construction worker who took part in a strike while working in Kuwait was sentenced to two years in prison in November 1999. And in Beijing, a veteran activist was returned to a psychiatric hospital where he has already spent more than seven years.

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