TIANJIN – Chinese activists and family members of detained human rights lawyers are being arrested in China. Authorities are preparing to begin a secret trial of a number of lawyers in Tianjin. They have been detained for more than a year.
The human rights lawyers, who had been helping the downtrodden to fight their cases, were charged with “incite to subvert state power” or “picking quarrels and stirring up troubles”. It is another case of human rights violations in China.
Some of detained appear to be forced or convince by other methods to cooperate. One of them is prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Yu, who has been “released” on bail.
In an interview with Hong Kong’s Oriental Daily Wang accuses “foreign groups” for instilling ideas of democracy and human rights in her colleagues in training sessions in order to defame the Chinese government and Communist Party. She said in the interview she was Chinese and “only accepts the leadership of the Chinese government”. The article that contains a video clip of the interview, published on August 1, says Wang was released recently.
In the interview, Wang also slams “foreign forces” for “kidnapping” her 16-year-old son attempting to use him as a hostage to attack the Chinese government.
Wang, who was a prominent human rights lawyer and her activist husband Bao Longjun have been detained in Tianjin since July 9, 2015, change with “incite to subvert state power”. Bao and their son Bao Zhuoxuan were kidnapped by Chinese state agents in Beijing Airport. Zhuoxuan and his grandparents have been under house arrest in China.
Last September, two Chinese activists rescued the teenager to Burma en route Thailand but were arrested in Burma and handed to Chinese authorities. The two men, Xing Qingxian and Tang Zhishun were missing until recently authorities notified their families of their detention.
Last July over 300 human rights lawyers and activists, as well as their family and staff members were rounded up or barred from leaving China in in an unprecedented crackdown on China’s civil society.
So far more than a dozen lawyers remain behind bars, without access to their lawyers or families. Their trial is due on August 2, according to reports in Chinese-language media overseas.
Wang’s family was a prime target for Chinese authorities in last July.
Televised “interviews” and “confessions” of detainees have become Beijing’s latest tool to crack down on dissent, turning mass media as quasi courts to convict detainees before they appear in court.
These are well-known practices of Soviet Communist state machine used against the dissent inside the Soviet Union and in the satellite states. Researchers on Soviet Union Communist Party practices revealed its documents and statements of the defectors about influencing detainees with narcotics to change their attitudes toward the Communist regime.
Dr. Joseph Douglas, renowned specialist on the Soviet Union’s use of narcotics, documented several cases of influencing detainees convictions by the means of chemical substance through the Soviet mind-control drugs program. It originated after the the Korean War when China, acting with the North Koreans, used narcotics, mainly opium and heroin, to undermine effectiveness of United States military forces. Roughly in the same time Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev launched the secret research program on mind-control drugs, which involved testing these chemicals on Prisoners of War.
The effect of those test could be seen during the trial of anti-Communist Cardinal Joseph Mindszenty in Budapest in 1949 who behaved strangely and confessed with vacant eyes everything what Hungarian Communists wanted. Specialists were convinced that his confession had been wrung from him while he was either under the influence of some mysterious mind-bending drug or that he was standing before the dock in a post-hypnotic trance.
Chinese Communist Party under Comrade Xi Jinping clearly ordered its secret police to use these methods against the dissent in China.