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China: Well-wishers Detained Outside AIDS Activist Hu Jia’s Beijing Home

Posted by Author on January 25, 2008

Radio Free Asia, 2008.01.23-

HONG KONG–Chinese well-wishers and bloggers were detained and questioned by police standing guard outside the home of detained AIDS activist Hu Jia, reporting their experience later online.

Dozens of petitioners went to Hu Jia’s home in an eastern suburb of Beijing on Sunday, in a bid to bring baby formula to Hu’s wife Zeng Jinyan. Zeng has been held with her baby daughter under house arrest since Hu’s arrest Dec. 27 for “subverting state power.” Their internet and phone connections have been cut off.

Some of the well-wishers were taken to the Dispersion Center for petitioners from out of town, suggesting they travelled from elsewhere in China to help Zeng.

One netizen, identified online as “Little Hammer,” said he had tried to deliver baby formula to Zeng but police blocked his way, questioning him for several hours.

“How precious freedom is! But Hu Jia sacrificed his own freedom for all of us,” “Little Hammer” wrote.

Several other people reported in blog posts and forum messages that they also tried to visit Zeng, or bring milk powder to her, but apparently none succeeded.

Instead, Zeng barred police from entering her apartment Sunday, saying it was illegal to hold her and her baby under house arrest.

According to Hu’s friend, legal scholar Teng Biao, the police replied: “You are not innocent. You were involved in many of the things that Hu Jia did.”

Teng said the police appeared to be threatening Zeng also with detention, talking within earshot about allowing her home from detention to feed her baby……. (more details from Radio Free Asia)

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