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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Ai Weiwei reported pleading guilty with a confession under torture. US senior senator Lieberman made a declaration

(Published on April 24, 2011 by Boxun)

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Playing the video of torturing Lawyer Gao Zhisheng just as it happened

In February of last year, artists in Beijing demonstrated in Chang’an Street.  Ai Weiwei (left) was broadcasting alive at the scene.  Internet.

The website of the US-based biweekly “Human Rights In China” reported yesterday that according to the news from a reporter of Xinhua News Agency who uses an alias, the case on Ai Weiwei is over for the time being.  Beijing Public Security Bureau used torture to obtain a confession and showed Ai Weiwei the video of torturing Lawyer Gao Zhisheng years ago.  Fu Zhenghua, Director of the Public Security Bureau, claimed that “whatever we used in dealing with Gao Zhisheng, we’ll use that to subdue Ai Weiwei.”  After continuous torture,  Ai Weiwei was forced to admit tax evasion.  Ai’s family called on the outside world yesterday to show concern on this incident.

Ai Weiwei was taken away on April 3 at an airport when he was trying to leave China.  20 days has passed and there has been no news of him.  The website of the biweekly Human Rights in China posted a report yesterday by the reporter of the Xinhua News Agency who uses an alias as Rong Shoujing that on April 19, officials from the headquarters of Xinhua News Agency in Beijing and the Department of Propaganda of Ministry of Public Security confirmed that the case involving Ai Weiwei’s tax evasion is over.  The report also quoted an official with conscience at the Ministry of Public Security Bureau that Ai Weiwei suffered torture during the interrogation as the police wanted to get a confession from him.

Getting himself into trouble by leading artists in a demonstration


The artists in the demonstration were stopped by the police.  Ai Weiwei negotiating with the police.

Officials pointed out that Ai Weiwei’s case is jointly handled by the Economic Investigation General Brigade of Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau and the General Brigade of Domestic Security Protection Squad.  Fu Zhenghua, Director of the Municipal Public Security Bureau, told the agents in charge of this case to show Ai Weiwei the video of torturing Gao Zhisheng they took a few years ago, including insertion of a police baton into Gao’s anus with blood, semen, urine and feces running down his body.  Fu also gave the order: “Whatever we used in dealing with Gao Zhisheng, we’ll use that to subdue Ai Weiwei.”  After a few days of torture, Ai Weiwei was finally forced to sign on a statement of confession and admitted tax evasion.

According to the news, the reason why Fu Zhenghua used this torture on Ai Weiwei is because in February of last year, artists in Beijing, led by Ai Weiwei, went to demonstrate in Chang’an Street protesting the forced demolition of the art district and the use of the underworld gangsters in beating the people there.  The demonstration by Ai Weiwei and others almost dashed the dream of fortunes of Fu Zhenghua and others and almost cost Fu Zhenghua’s political career.  This is the main reason why Fu Zhenghua used this tactics on Ai Weiwei.

According to the news, after rallies of Jasmine Revolution broke out in mainland China, General Secretary of the CPC Hu Jintao commented that this concerns the very existence of the Party state and ordered local governments at various places to crack the cases within a limited time and strictly prevent such cases from happening again. The Beijing authorities use this opportunity to punish and neutralize Ai Weiwei.  Under the order of Fu Zhenghua, the police forced at least 10 arrested web activists and artists to identify Ai Weiwei as the sponsor and behind-the-scene manipulator of the Chinese Jasmine Revolution with the aim of totally thwarting Ai Weiwei’s efforts.  When Fu Zhenghua uses the public resources to avenge his private grudges and punishes Ai Weiwei by utilizing CPC’s fear for Jasmine Revolution, it is tantamount to kidnapping CPC and Hu Jintao.

Sister Gao Ge is concerned

Though there has been no confirmation of this news, the outside world and Ai Weiwei’s family are paying great attention to this.  During a telephone interview with a foreign media, Ai’s sister Gao Ge said she is very concerned that her brother would suffer torture.  She again calls on the authorities to tell the public the whereabouts of Ai Weiwei.  In the meantime, she hopes that since there is no way to confirm the allegation, she wants to broadcast this to the entire world to make the outside world pay attention to this incident.

In writing a short essay about Ai Weiwei for this current issue of Time magazine’s “Time 100,” Jon Meade Huntsman, Jr., the US ambassador to China, says: “It is sad that the Chinese government has seen a need to silence one of its most innovative and illustrious citizens.”  He also says: “Ai, 53, has shown compassion for his fellow citizens and spoken out for victims of government abuses, calling for political reforms to better serve the people.”

Artists protesting forced demolition
Demonstrating in Chang’an Street which infuriated the Beijing officials.

Police taking away the artist in the demonstration.

On the early morning of February 22 of last year, Chuangyi Zhengyang Art District located in Changdian Village of Jinzhan Town of Beijing was forcibly torn down.  The authorities not only sent over bulldozers, it also dispatched over 100 strong-bodied men dressed in dark-colored clothing who wore masks.  They carried with them clubs and broadswords and approached the artists guarding the art district in a frenzied assault with clubs and broadswords,  resulting in the injury of seven artists, including the Japanese artist
Satoshi Iwama.  The incident brought indignation of the artists.  At 4 p.m. on the same day, Ai Weiwei led 16 artists in a demonstration in Chang’an Street.  The injured artists sat in the wheelchairs and displayed such banners as “Severe Punishment on the Killers!  Crack down on Underworld and Evil Gangsters!” “We Want Our Human Dignity Back!” “Citizens’ Rights.” They walked from East Chang’an Street toward Tiananmen Square.  It is the first such protest demonstration after the massacre on June 4.

Ai Weiwei was not only the organizer, he was also in charge of photography and news report.  After the demonstrators walked for about 20 minutes, they were blocked by a large number of police and police vehicles.  Again, Ai Weiwei, on behalf of the artists, negotiated with the police.  The incident attracted the attention of the world media and was breaking news at the time.

Because of this incident, Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau was reprimanded by its superior.  Fu Zhenghua who had just become Director of the Public Security Bureau lost a lot of face and almost lost his job.  Besides this, Ai Weiwei has taken an active part in the past few years in other non-government rights defense events, such as claiming damages from the government for parents whose young children have got kidney stones because of the melamine tainted milk.  Give these activities, Ai has become the thorn in the flesh in Beijing authorities.

Beijing’s “Global Times” also reported the demonstration on Chang’an Street by the artists.  After the report, the authorities conducted an investigation and Wentao, the reporter who wrote the article, was fired by the newspaper.  After that, he went to work as one of the volunteers in Ai’s studio.  When Ai Weiwei was made to disappear in April 3, Wentao was also made to disappear.  There has been no news of him so far.

Police mistreating Gao Zhisheng
Electric shocks on anus.  Tooth-picks inserted into the private part.


Gao Zhisheng was once tortured by the police for a confession.

In November 2007, Gao Zhisheng published on the Internet how he was brutally kidnapped and brutally tortured by the police.  The means the police adopted against him were ruthless.  They beat him in the head and the body and took off all his clothes and gave him electric shocks with electric batons in the anus and private part.  They inserted toothpicks into his penis and smoked his nose and eyes with burning cigarettes.  It is shocking to read it and it is too brutal to look at.

Gao Zhisheng wrote that he was kidnapped by the plain-clothed police on the evening of September 21, 2007.  They dragged him to a room where they madly beat him with police batons.  He was so beaten that he lay trembling all over on the floor.  They slapped him on the face and they took off all his clothes.  The police yelled at him: “You son of bitch, listen.  We the lords want nothing from you today except that we want you to be suffering in life that is worse than death!”

The police placed him in a kneeling position and poked his penis with toothpicks.  “Even now, there is no way I can describe with language how helpless, miserable and despaired I was at the time.”  He said he rolled on the floor and begged them to spare his life.  What he got back was guffaws and more frenzied torture.

Forced to sing “The Communist Party is Good.”

When he was in pains and hungry, the police forced him to sing “Socialist is Good,” “The Communist Party is Good.”  Each time he sang a song, he could get a steamed bun.

Gao’s article caused a sensation in the outside world.  Because of this, he again went missing.  In early 2009, his wife, son and daughter fled China and went to reside in America.  In April 2010,  Gao reappeared in Beijing for some time and received interviews from foreign media.  After that, the outside world again lost contact with him.  There is a report that Gao Zhisheng is now in Xinjiang under supervised residence. The US and other Western countries have demanded on many occasions that China release Gao Zhisheng.

In Next Wednesday’s Human Rights Dialog, America will raise the issue of Ai Weiwei.

China and the US will hold a human rights dialog next Wednesday on April 27 in Beijing.  The US State Department issued a statement two nights ago, saying that the US will raise the issue of disappearance of Ai Weiwei and other issues such as forced disappearance of many Chinese dissidents and freedom of religion.

Congressman’s statement in support of Ai Weiwei.

The human rights dialog between the US and China started in 1990.  In 2004, because the US supported a UN bill criticizing China in human rights issues, China announced termination of the dialog and it was not resumed until last year.   After the dialog between the US and China on human rights, some events and incidents have happened, such as the winning of Nobel Peace Prize by Liu Xiaobo and the “forced disappearance” of the artist Ai Weiwei.

The arrest of Ai Weiwei has brought concerns from the US mainstream society and media.  Quite a few Congressmen in the US, including the senior senator Joe Lieberman who has made a statement in support of Ai Weiwei.  The person in charge of the US side in this upcoming dialog is Michael Posner, Assistant Secretary of State in the State Department for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.

A family letter from his adolescent years is published: “I want to go my own ways.”

The family letter was written in 1978.  Ai Weiwei was 21 then and was a student at Beijing Film Academy.  The family letter described his memories of the childhood years: No beautiful fairy tales, no infinite family feelings, no colorful flowers.  There was only an emaciated child carrying firewood in a smoking land, abused and bullied everywhere he went…. “Child at such a young age suffering such evils.”  It is written in the family letter that he had now a little awakened to the ideal that “One must be one’s own master in life and must have a purpose in life and must go his own ways.” “Whatever one does, one must do it whole-heartedly.  One must have determinations and think further into the future and do not depend on smartness only.” Finally, he said: “I have confidence and I will work hard and live up to my brother’s expectations.”

Published by Boxun Free Article District.