Implementing the Zero Covid anti-epidemic policy has led to a wave of discontent among the people in Shanghai. In particular, there are more and more dissidents. Recently, dissidents have been summoned by the police. Chinese-language media Da Ji Yuan described three typical cases (of citizens).
Ji Xiaolong 季孝龙
Ji Xiaolong is a Shanghai citizen. On June 10, he received the “Notice of Appraisal Opinion” from the Shanghai Municipal Public Security Bureau.
The announcement states that his posts on the Twitter account @citizenzjcn and related reports on interviews with foreign media, including Radio Free Asia, Epochtimes, NTDTV, Faguang.com, Central News Agency China, etc., have been appraised.
Five or six national security officers and police arrived at Ji’s house on June 4. They brought a summons (to the court) and asked Ji to go to the police station for interrogation. The police also issued an appraisal of his posts.
On June 10, Ji Xiaolong told a Chinese Epochtimes reporter, “All my Twitter content has been collected as proof.”
The June 4 incident was Ji Xiaolong’s fifth summons since his release on Feb. 9 after three and a half years in jail.
Ji’s friend expressed his support online: “This summons coincides with the 33rd anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre, and the authorities suddenly arrested him on this sensitive day for unknown reasons. Is it based on his forthrightness after he was released from prison? Because based on his bold/reckless comments during Shanghai’s lockdown, it is currently unknown. We will only know when Ji Xiaolong returns home or his family receives a new notice.”
Ji Xiaolong posted on Twitter to announce his safety on June 5: “Thanks for your concern. I have returned home. The main focus of my interrogation was this tweet. “Xi welcomes surveillance by people outside the party.”
The police took Ji away at 8 a.m., and the interrogation ended after one hour. He declined to answer the question because the people who asked him were unidentified. They refused to show their police card. Then they locked him in a room. Security forces forced Ji to sit when they asked. An argument broke out, and the armed police officer, number 058794, handcuffed him until eight the (next) morning.
Ji said, “How weak you are, do you need a gun against me?”
Previously, the Shanghai government had detained Ji Xiaolong for launching a “toilet revolution.”
In July 2018, the public was agitated/triggered after the vaccine scandal broke out. Many victims’ families have pushed for a series of actions to protect their rights, including the “Toilet Revolution.” People will write the phrase “Overthrow the Chinese Communist Party” or “Down with the Chinese Communist Party” in the bathroom of the Children’s Hospital.
Ji Xiaolong then posted on Twitter on July 20. He advised the public to respond to/support the “toilet revolution” by writing words like “Down with the Communist Party” with a marker.
Six days later, he was detained for “causing a scene, being quarrelsome, and causing trouble.”
On Jan. 14, 2019, the court found him guilty and sentenced him to three and a half years in prison.
He was released on Feb. 9, 2022.
Immediately after being released from prison, he faced the closure of Shanghai. He has repeatedly and publicly called for fundamental human rights. This incident reached the Shanghai authorities.
The police took away Ji’s identity card and cell phone. Ji cannot go out to see a doctor without identification. The police also summoned him without notice whenever they needed to.
Ji tweeted on May 27, “For two months after the city was closed, many people were unable to seek medical care. They died of illness, pain, and suicide. … Going to a doctor is a basic human right, but still, no answer.”
So, on May 29, he was again taken away for questioning by the police for making “inappropriate” remarks/comments.
Wang Qingpeng, a human rights lawyer in the United States, expressed his support for Ji Xiaolong on Twitter: “I feel very sad to see Ji Xiaolong, a person of conscience in Shanghai, being arrested by the CCP government on the June 4th anniversary of the blood debt (Tiananmen massacre).”
He said the CCP’s brainwashing, information blocking, and suppression of dissidents is unprecedented.
Wang said: “Please pay attention to Mr. Ji Xiaolong urgently. “
Song Jiahong is a citizen of Songjiang District, Shanghai. The police summoned him three times for commenting on the government’s anti-epidemic policy. On two occasions, the summons was handled by the East Nanjing Road Police Department in Huangpu District. Song Jiahong refused to answer questions because his arrestees did not have documents or law enforcement procedures.
On June 9 at 10 a.m., police from East Nanjing Road drove to Song Jiahong’s house in Sheshan Town, Songjiang County. They knocked on the door and asked to take notes.
However, Song Jiahong refused and told them, “The procedure is wrong. My household registration/family register is in Sheshan town, which is not under the jurisdiction of your East Nanjing Road Police Department. Also, you have no papers to enforce any law.”
Recently, the police questioned Song Jiahong after he expressed some personal opinions about the 72-hour nucleic acid test in Shanghai.
He said, “This is the same as May 10, when policeman Liu (No. 017525) and policeman Zhong (No. 017535) came to my house from East Nanjing Road Police Station.”
After the police arrived at Song’s house, they asked him if he knew any reporters and mentioned the name of the media. Then, they wanted to check his cell phone to see his “circle of friends.”
Song told the police that their requests were an invasion of personal privacy. He refused to sign the documents given by the police because he believed that the above procedures were wrong.
He said, “You can’t do something without the permission of the law.”
Ding Yan 丁燕
Ding Yan was born in 1980, from Liuhe, Nanjing. She runs a local barbecue restaurant.
Ding Yan published an open letter to the CCP regime in a WeChat group on May 11. In the letter, she mentioned Shanghai’s extreme anti-epidemic policies. That night, police from the Nanjing Public Security Bureau and several others took Ding Yan to Liuhe Yining Mental Hospital in Nanjing. She has not been contactable or heard from since.
The certificate from the psychiatric hospital (where the police took her )said she was discharged on June 1.
However, so far, there has been no news from Ding Yan.
According to Ding Yan’s friends, she will be imprisoned in a mental hospital for half a year.
Before that, Ding Yan also recorded a video of Wuhan’s closure/lockdown.
Wang Qingpeng also tweeted on June 10: “Ding Yan, a qualified citizen, exercises/follows constitutional rights and has been detained in a mental hospital by the CCP government that made the constitution. Call for Ding Yan to be released immediately!”
For Ding Yan, it’s the 12th time she has been admitted to a psychiatric hospital.
The above three cases are just three typical cases that the Chinese-language media Da Ji Yuan has gathered. Shanghai’s residents are still in a storm of discontent. And perhaps many others are still quietly revealing more truths.