(CRLW / ChinaAid—March 21, 2022) The following is a translated update on Guo Feixiong, a renowned Chinese dissident, from CRLW:
In December 2021, Hubei activist Guo Feixiong (original name: Yang Maodong) requested to travel to America to visit his wife who was suffering from cancer, but he was imprisoned by Guangzhou provincial authorities. He went on a hunger strike in prison to protest. His lawyer requested to visit him several times, but authorities denied all visitation. Officials lied to Guo, telling him that he could not travel to America within half a year because of COVID-19.
In January 2022, Guo’s wife Zhang Qing died in America while he was still in prison.
On March 2, Guo received a letter from his elder sister Yang Maoping. He wrote back the same day. In his letter, he said he was deeply saddened by his wife’s death. He also wrote his will in the letter.
The following is Guo’s translated letter:
I received your letter on the morning of March 2. I wrote this letter immediately.
- I was notified of my wife’s death on January 15. On January 16, I told them explicitly: ”My wife and I had an agreement. For two reasons, we did not want to cremate her body. First, for autopsy purposes. Second, to bury her body on the highest mountain in my hometown together with my body after I die. However, the way it was handled was completely against our own will. It was not our daughter’s and son’s fault. It was caused by those people who refused to convey the message to our children.”
- After I die, do not cremate my body either. Bury my body on Laojun Mountain in my hometown about 100 meters from the mountain top (if this cannot be done directly, do it in two or three steps). Eventually, bury my wife’s coffin (do not open it) together with mine. Above are our will and rights. I feel deeply guilty and saddened by my wife’s death. I want to be with her forever to make up.
- I cannot travel to America within half a year because the pandemic is out of control over there.
March 2, 2022
In 2009, Guo’s wife Mrs. Zhang Qing fled to Thailand with their daughter and son. Eventually, they came to America. She studied and worked part-time. They were granted political asylum in November 2009, residing in Maryland.
In January 2021, Mrs. Zhang Qing was found to have bowel cancer. On January 28, 2021, Guo Feixiong went to Shanghai Pudong International Airport, planning to travel to America to visit his sick wife. However, border inspection staff arrested him for “endangering national security,” and he went missing.
On November 29, 2021, Guo Feixiong sent an open letter to China’s Premier Li Keqiang, urging Li to allow him to travel to America to visit his sick wife. But he never received any response. He was detained again on December 5.
Around 1 A.M. on January 10, 2022, Mrs. Zhang Qing suddenly went into a coma and died later that morning. On January 14, ChinaAid said Guangzhou national security agents revealed that Guo Feixiong had been formally arrested, and it was impossible for him to leave China. After that, there was no update about Guo Feixiong.
Guo Feixiong’s Bio:
Guo Feixiong (original name: Yang Maodong), is a renowned Chinese activist and independent writer. He was born in Gucheng county, Hubei province. He participated in the “June 4, 1989, Tiananmen Square Student Movement.” He is a leader of China’s “New Citizens Movement” and “The Southern Street Movement.”
Guo once said: “Those who oppose Constitutionalism are all the country’s traitors.” He was imprisoned four times for his human rights work, defending the Falun Gong, and urging Chinese government officials to disclose their property. More than 100 lawyers joined forces to defend him. He was imprisoned for five years from 2006 to 2011.
In April 2013, citizens held slogans on the street in eight cities, urging government officials to disclose their property. Guo was thought to be one of the organizers. He was criminally detained on August 8, 2013.
On November 27, 2015, Guo Feixiong was sentenced to six years by Guangzhou Tianhe District Court under the charge of “Gathering crowds to disrupt public order” and “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”. He was released from Guangdong Yingde prison on August 7, 2019.
After petitioning to visit his wife, he was detained again on December 5, 2021. He is currently held in Guangzhou Municipal No.1 Detention Center.
You are encouraged to send postcards to him:
Address in Chinese:
Address in English:
Guangzhou Municipal No.1 Detention Center
Chatou Guanghai Road Shigang North Street Lane 9
People’s Republic of China
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