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Beijing Police Beat Wife of Human Rights Attorney

Posted by Author on November 26, 2006

By Gao Ling, Epoch Times, Nov 25, 2006-

Harassment by Beijing police of the wife of the imprisoned, outspoken human rights attorney Gao Zhisheng climaxed on the morning of Friday, Nov. 24 (Beijing time) when she suffered a beating at the hands of two police officers.

In a phone call that same morning to a family friend, AIDS activist Hu Jia, Geng He for the first time revealed the abuse she and her family have suffered since her husband’s arrest on August 15. Hu recorded this call, and quotes from Geng in this report are taken from that recording. The transcript of this recording appears at the end of this article.

Hu said he received the call from Geng at around 11:55 a.m., November 24. “At first I could hardly tell what she was saying because she cried so hard. She cried the way a woman who has been victimized by years of sexual trafficking would cry. She was in utter misery,” said Hu.

According to Geng, at around 11:30 a.m. she had asked three police officers tailing her while she shopped to keep their distance. They denied they were following her and a quarrel erupted, during which the police officers began to curse. When Geng talked back, a policeman over 180 cm (almost 5′ 11″) tall began to beat her and another tall male policeman joined in.

Geng sobbed as she told Hu, “Hu Jia, what can I do…they beat me up, they cursed me; they beat me [so badly that] my mouth and gums are bleeding; the fingernail on my little finger is torn off, my clothes are all ripped into pieces. They beat me [crying bitterly]—two men beat me.”

Entire Family Harassed

After Gao’s arrest on August 15, 20 policemen and women moved into the family’s apartment, staying there in shifts of five at a time.

On November 1, Geng’s two-year-old son Tianyu went missing for 30 minutes. According to Geng she completely collapsed when that happened.

On November 21, Beijing police showed their badges and attempted to pick up Tianyu, but his kindergarten teacher refused to comply.

Geng said the teacher at the kindergarten guessed something might have happened to her family, so they wouldn’t even allow her mother to pick up her son. She said, “These days I have to pick up my son even when I am running a fever.”

Geng’s mother is 70 years old, and according to Geng she is tailed by police if she leaves the house.

When she attended a PTA meeting, Geng witnessed the chairs of three police officers and a portable heater right outside her 13-year-old daughter’s classroom.

Geng said, “Two policewomen and one policeman have always been following Gege. They are always following her in the classroom or in the corridor. They even follow Gege to the lady’s room. Her education environment has become inhospitable. It is horrible. It breaks my heart.”

On October 21, unable to bear the continued watching, Gege escaped from the police and took refuge in a classmate’s home. The police found her and took her back to her family home. A police officer guaranteed Gege that in just three days she would be no longer be tailed and she would meet her daddy as long as she promised in writing not to call anyone. Over 30 days have passed and Gege still has not had the promised chance to meet her father, and still is followed wherever she goes.

Extension of Persecution of Gao

Before his arrest, Gao Zhisheng had become one of the best known dissidents inside China. As a lawyer, he strove to make real the protections guaranteed by the Chinese regime’s laws. In 2001 he was named by the Ministry of Justice as one of China’s top ten lawyers. He defended farmers whose land was confiscated with little or no compensation and House Christians who suffered persecution.

Upon investigating the persecution of Falun Gong, Gao wrote three open letters demanding that this persecution end. Disgusted by the persecution of Falun Gong, in December 2005 he publicly withdrew from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

In a journal entry written by Gao on August 12 and published by The Epoch Times, he says “My family and I have been illegally suppressed and harassed for 259 days by the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Commission on Political and Legal Affairs, the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of State Security, and the Ministry of Justice.

“They initiated this persecution simply because I appealed in open letters to China’s top leaders Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao to face and to stop the atrocities the evil forces within the CCP have committed against Falun Gong practitioners.” Three days after writing this entry, Gao was arrested while visiting a critically ill family member. He was not charged with any crime. On October 12 he was formally charged with “suspicion of inciting subversion of state power.” (to be cont’d…)

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Related:
Cry for Help, from detained lawyer Gao Zhisheng’s daughter, November 6th, 2006
Gao Zhisheng’s Wife Contacts Outside World under Surveillance, September 14th, 2006

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