|Liu Xianbin (right) with his wife.
(Beijing—July 14, 2020) After releasing Liu Xianbin, authorities still watched him.
On June 27, Liu completed a 10-year prison sentence. His family received a phone call at 10:00 a.m., saying he would return home soon. Yet, he did not arrive home until 8:00 p.m. because he had to take a COVID-19 test.
State security officers and pandemic prevention personnel picked him up at 4:00 p.m. and took him home. His family had been waiting for the whole day. They were very mentally and physically exhausted.
The next day, the family saw a police vehicle outside of their apartment complex. A few state security officers sat in the car. The family thought it was odd for the officers to be monitoring the area.
A month before, government officials installed surveillance cameras around his home. They also placed cameras at the entry of the complex.
An insider said, “State security officers stay at the entry of his building and have been there the whole day. I have no clue whether Liu Xianbin is under house arrest or residential surveillance…. The practice is not normal, and it seems that Liu Xianbin is being tightly controlled.”
Liu is a supporter of democracy and human rights. He participated in the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. He has also defended prisoners of conscience.
Since 1991, Liu has spent more than 20 years in prison on various charges. His first charge was “counter-revolutionary propaganda and incitement.” He received this charge for his participation in the Tiananmen Square protests. He was released in 1993.
In 1998, he formed a democratic party, so he received a 13-year sentence, but he was released early in 2008.
Two years later, he was arrested on a charge of inciting subversion of state power. A local court sentenced him to 10 years in prison on March 25, 2011. They also stripped him of political rights for two years and four months.
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