October 11, 2017
Authorities in the central Chinese province of Hubei on Wednesday questioned the wife of ‘disappeared’ human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang, amid an ongoing operation targeting rights lawyers and their families nationwide.
Several unidentified officials arrived at the parental home of Wang’s wife Li Wenzu in Hubei’s Shijingshan city, demanding to see her registration papers, she told RFA.
“Three people came this morning saying that they were employees of the residential compound, and that we had to register,” Li said. “Then they took away my household registration book.”
“They wanted to see who was living in my home now, and they started secretly filming from the moment they got inside the door,” she said.
“A few minutes later, four police officers came along, without any paperwork at all or showing me any ID, nor would they tell me their police numbers,” she said.
“They said someone had called the police and they were acting on the basis of a tip-off, but they left after I’d argued with them for a while,” Li said.
Li said she has been under close surveillance by police since she arrived back in her hometown in Hubei on Oct. 1.
Wang Quangzhang has been held at an unknown location without trial or access to a family-appointed lawyer or family visits for more than two years after being detained in a nationwide July 2015 police operation targeting rights lawyers and associated activists.