Protesters Arrested During Biden’s Visit
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden visited Chengdu City
in Sichuan Province on August 21
and gave a speech at Sichuan University.
Biden said he hopes China will improve its human rights
conditions, in order to make real social advances.
However, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) arrested many
Chengdu protestors who planned a sit-in, during his speech.
More than 50 people were arrested or put under house arrest.
The scene made a mockery of Biden’s visit.
Biden arrived in Chengdu City on Air Force Two on Aug. 20.
During his speech at Sichuan University, he said that
the biggest ideological difference between the U.S. and China
centers around human rights issues.
He said that he hopes China will become a free country
by improving its human rights conditions.
Many activists think that the CCP’s arrest of protestors and
dissidents, and preventing them from meeting with Biden,
was a major disappointment to Biden.
Upon learning that the Governor of Calif. was coming to visit,
One activist in Sichuan said that officials became very nervous
even before Biden had arrived in Chengdu.
Police warned protestors and dissidents and also prohibited
earthquake victim’s family from protesting.
According to 64Tianwang.com, at least 50 people were
either arrested or put under house arrest during Biden’s visit.
Officials also warned Huang Qi, in charge of 64tianwang.com,
“Sit tight. Stay at home. And don’t look for trouble!”
Because Huang is an alumnus of Sichuan University,
he was told that he and other 64tianwang.com volunteers
were prohibited from entering Sichuan University.
Huang hopes that Biden and the international community will
learn more about the human rights situation in China.
Huang Qi: “During Biden’s visit to China,
the CCP suppressed protestors,
which is not only against basic diplomatic etiquette,
but is also disrespectful to VP Biden and the U.S. government.
We call on the CCP to face the problem, stop its repression,
and help improve the human rights conditions in China.
I also hope that Biden will have a chance to converse
with everyday Chinese citizen.”
Li Zhaoxiu from Shuangliu County in Chengdu
lost her home due to forced demolition.
She was stopped by more than 10 officials
on her way to Chengdu on August 19.
Although she managed to escape and traveled to Chengdu,
she was later arrested at the front door of Sichuan University.
Wang Hui, who accompanied Li to the University, told NTD,
“There were people at the Sichuan University north entrance.
Li Shaoxiu recognized some of the police officers
from Shuangliu, who tried to stop her from going to Chengdu.
She tried to walk away, but was taken into a police car.”
Another protestor, Hu Jinqiong, said that she just wanted to
listen to Biden’s talk on human rights and its relevant laws
and regulations, but was taken away in a police car.
When she saw how many plainclothes police were on campus,
she thought it was ridiculous.
We just wanted to learn about human rights laws to protect
ourselves, but they made a big deal out of it.
These policemen were there to arrest protestors!”
Chengdu’s Wenjiang District resident, Ren Hengchao,
also lost his home due to forced demolition.
He read in the newspaper about Biden’s speech,
so he planned to attend with more than 20 people
in order to tell Biden how badly the CCP treated them.
Ren said that their phones were probably tapped on the day
before the speech, and everyone was placed under house arrest.
Two were detained for 12 and 15 days, respectively.
Ren: “One (person) was detained for 12 days, another for 15.”
According to 64tianwang.com, petitioner Gan Xinyan arrived
and observed at the university on August 19,
The next morning, without any documents, police broke into
her home, put her in shackles and handcuffs and took her away.
She was asked many times, “Why were you at the event?!”
Sichuan-based writer, Ran Yunfei, who is awaiting trial
on charges of “inciting subversion of state power,”
was under house arrest, so he could not be reached.
Deutsche Welle contacted another Sichuan-based activist,
Chen Yunfei by phone.
Chen said, “It is impossible to talk to Biden directly
about the human rights situation in China,
because before he arrived in Chengdu,
many protestors and petitioners were under strict surveillance.
As a result, they were prevented from seeing Biden.
NTD reporters Lin Li, Li Mingfei and Li Ruolin