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Police use wife for surveillance of Li Wangyang’s close friend

Li Wangyang

Ming Pao learnt from an interview with Yin Zhengan, Li Wangyang’s close friend who took part in June 4 Protests together with Li, that since Li’s so-called suicide incident, Yin has been placed under severe surveillance and control.

Police interrogated him while locking his limbs in a “interrogation chair” and told Yin’s wife to report Yin’s whereabouts. The woman even tried to steal Yin’s sim card for the police.

Another of Li’s close friends, Zhu Chengzhi, was prosecuted by the government for the felony of “overthrowing the state power” in mid July, as he was suspected of issuing a photo of Li’s hanging to the outside world.

Soon after Zhu was arrested, Yin’s teahouse was raided and his computer and camera were confiscated. He was still filled with horror when he recalled the scene of his interrogation by the police. He said, “at that time, he was locked in handcuffs and foot shackles of an ‘interrogation chair’ unable to move.”

Yin was placed under house arrest until August 13. He said that the government threatened Li’s sister, Li Wangling, and brother-in-law, Zhao Baozhu, with imprisonment in a labour camp to prohibit them from expressing any doubt about the cause of Li’s death, especially from receiving interviews.

In spite of the persecution, Yin said that he will persist in looking into the cause of Li Wangyang’s death, as Li was his good friend since childhood, and they had together started the protests in Shaoyang in response to the Tiananmen protests in Beijing.

Not only Li’s relatives and friends in Shaoyang City were put under strict surveillance and control, but other democracy activists who showed concern on Li’s fate were also implicated. As far back as in 2011 when Li Wangyang was just released from prison, in his status as chairman of China Human Rights Observation, Qin Yongmin appealed to people at home and abroad for donations to help Li and was detained by the police for 10 days.

After Li’s bizarre death in June, Qin was again detained and not released until June 23. Qin Yongmin Experienced the Cruel Torture of Coffin Cabin for Raising Funds for Li.

Like Li Wangyang, Qi Yongmin is an initiator of China’s democracy movement. He was imprisoned for his democracy activities for more than 23 years in all, longer than Li’s 21 years. When asked by Ming Pao, he said he himself had also experienced the torture of “coffin cabin.”

However, the “coffin cabin” he was locked in was more than 2 meters tall, 0.4 meter taller than that Li was locked in. In other words, the torture Li suffered was bitterer than Qin’s. Qin said that though the heights were different, the two were similar in having extremely little space as close as a sealed cabin with no ventilation.

The prisoner squatted in it in front of a latrine pit with his feet shackled to the ground and hands handcuffed behind. He could move neither his hands nor feet and had to urinate and defecate onto his own body for days.

Qin believed that as Li’s bizarre death had drawn close attention from people at home and abroad, the authority handled the incident very stringent and cruel and had done its best to gag people. As for the cause of Li Wangyang’s death, Qin Yongming clearly had doubt about it and said, “No one will believe that. Can a blind man commit suicide before other people’s eyes?”

About chankaiyee2

Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee


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