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Shengshan Net | January 14, 2012 Beijing News

On December 9, 2010, the day before the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Liu Xiaobo, [dissident writer] Yu Jie was kidnapped. On the same day, there was another well-known Chinese dissident, a former research fellow at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Dr. Fan Yafeng, who was also kidnapped and brutally beaten.

After Yu Jie was beaten, he was kept under surveillance and put under strictly monitored house arrest. Only recently was he released into overseas exile. Fan Yafeng meanwhile remains under strict house arrest, which has now gone on for more than a year. Police and guards hired by the police are stationed at the door of his home 24 hours a day. During the day, they retreat downstairs to a first-floor surveillance room, but at night, they sleep right outside the door of Fan Yafang’s apartment, to prevent him slipping out and escaping at night. Fan Yafeng must ask permission to go out and to receive visitors.

Fan Yafeng is restricted from participating in any kind of public activity and is allowed only to do research and write at home. He is also required to write regular reports about his state of mind.

Photos above show the hallway outside Fan Yafeng’s apartment. The padded cotton coats and cotton quilts that the police and guards use at night when they are on duty are folded and stacked up against the walls.

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