Chinese Authorities Arrest Xu Zhengqing, Loosen Restrictions on Other Activists Following Conclusion of Zhao Ziyang Funeral
Human Rights in China reported on January 31 that Chinese authorities in Shanghai formally detained Xu Zhengqing. Authorities had taken Xu into custody in Beijing on January 29, along with 22 others, including Wang Qiaojuan, Zheng Peipei, and Chen Xiuqin, as they tried to attend memorial services for former senior leader Zhao Ziyang.
According to Boxun several activists who security authorities subjected to movement restrictions and surveillance have reported a lessening of official harassment after Zhao’s funeral ended. Boxun said that Qi Zhiyong and Li Jinping have been allowed to return home, and Ding Zilin, Jiao Guobiao, Zhang Xianling, and Liu Xiaobo report that police surveillance has ended around their homes.
In a separate Boxun article Dai Xuewu described the restrictions Chinese authorities had imposed upon him:
In fact, we all began to be subject to strict control from the day Zhao Ziyang passed away, that is, on January 17, 2005. On that day, Shanghai police set up a surveillance post outside where I live, and from that day on prohibited me from leaving, and when I tried to leave, they stopped me, and wouldn't let me go out to shop. When I asked them to provide a legal reason, the police answered that they had received orders from their superiors. From that day on, my telephone was cut off. Even until today my computer still does not work correctly, and I can only call out on my phone, no one can call in.
According to Dai, others who were subjected to similar restrictions include Yang Qinheng and Shen Jizhong.
杨天水：戴学武等被软禁刚刚解除 (博讯2005年2月03日) 杨天水更多文章请看杨天水专栏 (博讯 boxun.com) 上午,接到上海戴学武先生的电话,他说-- “我们都受到了软禁.赵紫阳先生逝世的那天,即2005年1月17日,我们实际上已经受到严密控制,上海警方当天就在我的住所门口设立岗哨,次日起,禁止 我出门,我要出去,就将我推回,不让我上街买菜.当我要求说出法律理由后,警察们的回答说是接到上级的指示.” “从那天起,我的电话、电脑遭到切断。一直到今天，我的电脑，还没有回复正常，我的电话只能打出，无法打进。” “我觉得赵紫阳是个优秀的改革家，是中共内部难得的为国为民的人物。人民真心悼念他，既符合人情，也不违反法律。官方为什么要如此恐慌呢？” “我遭到软禁的十七天里，李国涛也一定遭到同样的侵权。刚才和杨勤恒通话，也和年过古稀的沈继忠老先生通话，他们明确称述也受到如此的十七天的软禁，警察 限制他们自由的做法，与限制戴学武的做法，如出一辙。” “如此方式，不是依法治国，不是尊重人权。我们真诚地希望关心中国自由民主的人们，继续努力，推动中国社会的改革。” 同时，学武虽然刚才获得自由，立刻关心同道的安危，他说：“我们继续为师涛、张林，以及因为悼念赵紫阳而受到劳教、拘留的良心公民，大声呼吁。为我们国祖 国的真正的进步和秩序，而大声疾呼。” 戴学武的电话：86-21-62146364 李国涛的电话：86-21-59921363 杨勤恒的电话：86-21-51005620 沈继忠的电话：86-21-68327044 杨天水于故乡苏北泗阳(http://www.dajiyuan.com) (博讯 boxun.com)