By Qiao Long, reporter for Radio Free Asia
English Translation by ChinaAid
November 19, 2010
November 18, 2010
Jiang Tianyong is a human rights lawyer who lives in Beijing. He has been harassed for his rights defense work; the lock to the front door of his home has been tampered with for a third time.
Electricity to the home of Zhang Hui, another rights defender, was disconnected. According to the analysis of Fan Yafeng, a house church leader in Beijing, the authorities tend to misrepresent the law.
The following is an interview report by Qiao Long, special reporter from Radio Free Asia.
Mrs. Jin Bianling, wife of Jiang Tianyong, a Christian human rights lawyer in Beijing, said on her Twitter site that she found the door to her house jammed with strong glue as she came back home after work with her child at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Ironically, security guards who are on duty 24/7 were stationed downstairs. She called local police, and an officer said he did not know who jammed the keyhole, and the police or the Public Security Bureau (PSB) is above such a conduct.
Teng Biao, another lawyer in Beijing, also spoke about this situation. He said, “This is the third time the lock of lawyer Jiang Tianyong’s house has been vandalized.” He appeals to people from all walks of life to pay attention to this incident.
“This happened twice before; this is the third time it has happened. It is very despicable that the Domestic Security Protection Squad should use such a method in dealing with rights defenders.
“When they do not deal with them legally, they resort to illegal means and cause trouble in ways that cannot be discussed in public. Such conduct must be exposed so that we can bring more people to denounce it.”
This radio station has attempted to contact Jiang on many occasions, but his cell phone was always off. This station once reported that on many occasions in September, some unidentified people tried to call Jiang’s cell phone to harass him. Given such circumstances, he dared not have his cell phone on.
Starting from 4:29 p.m. on September 15, the cell phone of Jiang Tianyong’s wife was attacked by a software called “call-you-to-death,” where the cell phone would keep ringing without stopping. When she picked up the phone, the caller would hang up on her. Their otherwise normal life was thus seriously disturbed.
Another rights defender, Zhang Hui, and his wife Xiao Lu have found themselves in a similar situation.
Xiao Lu told us that on the early evening of Wednesday, “Our house suddenly had two power outages. When I opened the door to check the electricity meter, I found someone was doing something in the meter room. I asked him, ‘Who are you?’
“I thought he was doing some maintenance work on the electricity meter because he was dressed in the uniform of our real estate management. Then, I asked him, ‘How come your real estate management has the right to stop the power to my house?’
“He said I should consult the real estate managers or the police station in charge of this residential complex. When I questioned him, he restored the electricity.”
According to Xiao Lu, soon after she went back to the house, the power was again cut off.
“About 10 minutes later, I saw through the door viewer that someone was again in the meter room cutting off the power to my house.
“A few seconds later, the power went out. I asked that man, ‘Why did you stop the power to my house?’ He said he was not the one who cut the power. So I called the police (110).
A few minutes later, a man who claimed to be from the police station called me and emphasized again and again that it was action taken by the the government, and when there is a power outage due to the conduct of the government, it is not under their jurisdiction.”
According to information from China Human Rights Defenders, two security guards are still standing on guard in front of Xiao Lu’s home as of Thursday.
Earlier this month, after participating in a forum, Fan Yafeng was summoned and interrogated by Shuangyushu Police Station for nearly nine hours, charged with “making noise.”
When commenting on such measures taken by the law enforcement, Fan Yafeng said, “They are taking various illegal measures all across China without going through legal procedures.
“After Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace Prize, public power departments in China have been engaging in more corrupt actions. It is characterized by large-scale abuses of the basic human rights of Chinese citizens.
“Judging from the perspective of the overall situation in China, I think such high-handed measures are a sign that dark forces are staging the final counterattack.”
The above is an interview report by Qiao Long, special reporter from Radio Free Asia.