– A commentary in the wake of false charges against Guo Feixiong
Gao Zhisheng, November 28, 2015
Translated by Matthew Robertson; posted on December 3, 2015
■ Gao Zhisheng composed the following letter after hearing about the six year prison sentence handed to rights activist Guo Feixiong, and after reading Guo’s spirited defense and condemnation of the Party’s rule. As the letter made the rounds on social media, the Chinese authorities promptly cut off Gao’s cell phone service and placed him under house arrest in his late mother’s cave dwelling in Shaanxi Province. Both Gao Zhisheng and Guo Feixiong are Christians. — The Editors
|Gao Zhisheng and Guo Feixiong in 2006|
In late April 2010, when I was being tortured by Chinese security forces—the sort of torture that shocks the perpetrators themselves—there was a brief let-up. One of the thugs, shirt off, reclined in a chair to catch his breath. I was laying on the ground on my side (my hands were cuffed behind my back), and before two minutes were out, I was letting out a ripping snore. Someone kicked me in the head: one of the thugs, shocked, had lept up to berate me: “Gao Zhisheng, does nothing effect you? We have trouble sleeping for several days after every one of these episodes, but you don’t. Are you human?” I responded: “That you weren’t able to sleep at night shows you’ve still got a vestige of humanity left.” Such is the rarity of my insomnia.