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Well-known Chinese writer and New Century Chief Cultural Editor Xu Xiao was recently taken away by Beijing police for apparently “endangering national security”. Xu is nearly 60 years old.
Her family didn’t know about her arrest until a couple of days later.
A few other writers also disappeared around the same time.
The outside world speculates that Xu’s arrested might be related to officials’ purging of two non-profit organizations.
Radio Free Asia reported on Dec. 1 that Xu’s friend, Beijing Wansheng Book Garden founder Liu Suli messaged on Nov. 29 via microblog, that Beijing police verified Xu Xiao was removed by Beijing Municipal Bureau Pre-Court Group.
Xu’s family members said they did not receive any documents.
They only found out Xu was detained after asking the police. The police gave the reason of “endangering national security".
The BBC reported that many intellectuals in China such as Zhang Yihe and Cui Weiping are puzzled over Xu’s arrest.
China’s well-know new media promoter Bei Feng, “From our understanding of Xu Xiao, she does not do anything harmful to national security. Her arrest is very hard to understand.
We cannot relate this arrest to what she did 40 years ago for “Collecting And Circulation Counter-Revolutionary novels and poems". The age of Cultural Revolution is absurd. We should not make such a comparison”
Since 1982 she began working as a reporter and editor and published a number of essays, short stories and poems.
Beijing iLOOK magazine publisher Hong Huang said, “I desperately want to know how a cultural editor can damage National Security."
Poet Ye Kuangzheng said, “We are back to 1975.
Back then the crime was referred as Current Counter-Revolutionist. Now it is called Damage to National Security."
Professor of International Journalism and Communication Department of Beijing Foreign Studies University Zhan Jiang Sighed, “With what is going on now, I am so sad."
Xu Xiao’s friend and the report of People’s Livelihood Watch, said three others were arrested the same day as Xu Xiao.
They are former Liren Village Library Director Xue Ye, former Liren Village Library Deputy Director Liu Jianshu, and Beijing Chuanzhi Social and Economic Research Center Operations Director He Zhengjun.
The outside world speculates that Xu’s arrest might be related to Liren University.
In September, NGO Liren Village Library with branches in more than 20 provinces and cities was forced to shut down due to threats and suppression from the authorities.
Former Liren Library General Director He Feihui told RFA the arrest of these people had little to do with Liren University.
Xu Xiao only taught at Liren University as a voluntary Teacher; Liu Jianshu and Xue Ye left Liren long time ago.
Bei Feng, “We have no way to find out why she was taken away.
It is hard to say it is related to Liren or if she was arrested because of teaching there."
There are also rumors that Xu Xiao’s arrest is related to a NGO organization “Chuangzhixing".
There is a lot of speculation.
Bei Feng: “If we look at the arrest of Xu Xiao and Xue Ye, there is no doubt that the officials are suppressing NGOs, dissidents or political opposition groups. The pressure is getting stronger and stronger."
It said ICPC is worried Xu Xiao and the other four people are victims of the new round of literary inquisition.
More and more writers, reporters, scholars and publishers have been arrested and trialed for their speech this year.
ICPC strongly urges the authorities: explain to the family as soon as possible the reason of Xu’s arrest and where she is.
Ensure their right of speech and other basic human rights according to China’s Constitution Article 35.
Interview & Edit/ShangYan Post-Production/Zhang Tianyu