This is a translation of this blog post. We’re feeling a bit rusty at the moment so please bear with any errors you find as we correct them. It’s been a long, long week.
At 1:00 A.M. on June 26th, Li Shulian and Li Chunhua (ordinary Shandong women who went to Beijing to appeal to authorities) [were kidnapped] by Longkou City Court officials and thugs from the local government. More than ten armed men broke into the room the women were renting in Beijing and kidnapped them, dragging them out naked and taking them back to Shandong. Li Shulian risked her life trying to escape and return to Beijing to report [this], but…hasn’t seen so much as a shadow of her sister. As of July 3rd, Shulian was inquiring everywhere, but still found no trace.
Li Chunhua was another victim of the blood-boiling events of the morning of June 28th. I’ve seen her before, she is small and thin, a bit wan and tired-looking.
She’s from Longkou, Yantai, Shandong, living in the Lutou township behind the temple. This year, she is 49 years old. Because her husband was beaten so badly he became mentally disabled, she felt the police had handled things unfairly and sought an audience [with higher authorities in Shandong].
On April 5, 2007, she was illegally detained for seeking to report this. Afterwards, she began writing requests and appeals via the internet, but the situation never was resolved.
On the morning of June 2nd, 2008, she went to the provincial Public Security Hall to report again, but was rejected for “not listening patiently to the worker’s explanation, and instead shouting loudly. Also blocking the complainants’ window, attracting a crowd, and seriously interfering with order in the P.S.H.” and escorted back to Longkou, where she was punished with seven days of “administrative detention”.
When Li Chunhua was being detained, her toes were bound with wire, she was shackled to an iron chair and then tortured using electrocution!
This time, when Li Chunhua was going to Beijing to report to the authorities, she was trying to report them for illegally using electricity to torture a citizen!
However, in Beijing — “the best of places” and “the seat of the empire” — she was unexpectedly detained by goons hired by the Longkou government, stripped, and kidnapped. Currently, it is unknown whether she is alive or dead.
[I] sternly admonish the relevant departments of the Longkou government, free Li Chunhua immediately! Do not think of killing a witness! We already have Li Chunhua’s video, even if she is not here I will still show the truth to the world!
And don’t bother with vain attempts to cross provinces and capture [the video], I would not be so stupid as to leave the evidence in my home. If there is bad news about Li Chunhua, I don’t need to tell you, everyone in the world will know about your evil deeds!
Please everyone cry out: Return Li Chunhua! Hand over my sister Li Chunhua!