As reported, the protest on Sitong Bridge, Beijing, that occurred just before the 20th National Congress has created a wave of protests in China and abroad. To prevent this wave, Chinese network administrators introduced a ban. It has been reported that many people have been summoned or detained by the police, and even family members of overseas Chinese students have been threatened after they publicly shared information.
Peng Lifa, who hung the banners, was arrested but protests quickly spread to many parts of China, and even continued to spread abroad.
Human rights activist Wang Jianhong said on Twitter that Huang Hongbang, a person from Hainan whose nickname is “Dawning,” was detained by authorities for 10 days for re-posting photos of the Sitong Bridge incident. Later he was detained for another 10 days for not taking a PCR test.
Another person in Beijing revealed on Facebook that he was summoned to the police station three times for re-posting photos related to the Sitong Bridge incident. He eventually had to delete the post, according to Vision Times.
@RFA_Chinese‘s Twitter account on October 22 posted a video showing that a Chinese student studying at Bellevue College in Washington, said on Twitter on October 20 that he was holding a photo of bilingual anti-CCP slogans hung on Sitong Bridge to show support for Peng. The male student wrote, “Now, the Chinese police have reached out to my family, and I choose to continue to protest and do the right thing.” He also said that he explained to his classmates about the righteous deeds of “Sitong Bridge Warrior” Peng and the evil actions of the Chinese Communist Party.
According to Radio Free Asia (RFA), Chinese student Han Yutao said that, in addition to asking his brother, mother, and other family members for his basic information in the United States, the Chinese police are also suspected of coercing his family into advising him to give up his actions. Han’s brother even advised Han “Don’t become a traitor, and don’t be used as a mercenary by others.”
Han said he felt his brother had most likely been threatened by the Chinese regime, so he told his family, “I did these things completely voluntarily, no one pushed me, I can take full responsibility for my actions.”
Han, 23 years old, opened up when he traveled around the world with his family when he was young. Growing up, his family witnessed the June 4, 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre and told him that the CCP took the lives of many students and civilians with guns and tanks. He is also concerned about the CCP’s persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang, and Hong Kongers. This made him realize the nature of the Chinese Communist Party.
On the eve of the 26th anniversary of the Tiananmen massacre on June 4, 2015, Gu Yi, a doctoral student at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Georgia in the U.S., published an “Open letter to domestic students on the 26th anniversary of June 4.” He called on Chinese students to use their understanding of the CCP’s evil history since it came to power to reflect on the root cause of the Chinese people’s suffering. Later, it was reported that Gu’s family was repeatedly pressured and threatened by the Chinese police. The Chinese national security force even called Gu directly, asking him to secretly spy on other classmates to “atone for his sins.”