Gao Zhensai | ChinaAid
Shanghai — Chinese dissident Ji Xiaolong was arrested on September 23 by the Shanghai Pudong New District People’s Procuratorate on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble.” He was allowed to meet with his lawyer for the first time nearly two months after his arrest.
On November 1, 2022, Shanghai dissident Ji Xiaolong, who had been arrested for nearly two months, was finally allowed to meet with his lawyer. Ji told his lawyer that the room in the Pudong Detention Center where he was imprisoned was meant to house only 25 people, but there were more than 60 people in the cell, and the conditions were very harsh, with no outdoor sunlight and no outdoor activities. Due to the overcrowding of the room, he could not lie down when sleeping and could not flex and stretch out his arms properly.
Ji Xiaolong also said that he suffered a severe toothache. He has repeatedly requested state security police Zhang Zhong who is in charge of surveilling him long-term, to relay the situation to the person in charge; Ji should go to the General Hospital of Nanhui Prison and extract his teeth. So far, the claim has disappeared into thin air with no one to take care of the matter.
Li Qiang, party secretary of the Shanghai Municipal Committee, joined the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee during the 20th National Congress. Upon realizing this, Ji knew his circumstances might become even worse, but he remained optimistic. He believed that what he did was worthwhile, a necessary and inevitable price to pay, and the only way to push the progress and development of Chinese society to a civilized society.
Ji told his lawyer that the day of the meeting was the first time he had been released to the outdoors and the first time he’s been in the sun since his arrest. He hoped that the authorities concerned would satisfy his most basic request as a suspect from the perspective of human rights and humanity and allow him to go to the hospital to have his teeth extracted as soon as possible.
The lawyer then relayed Ji Xiaolong’s request to the concerned parties, hoping they would guarantee his client’s legal rights.
Ji Xiaolong was a member of the senior management for a multinational company in Shanghai, proficient in English, German, and other languages. He can also hold conversations in everyday Korean and Japanese in his daily life and is considered an urban middle-class elite.
In June and July of 2018, many children were given faulty vaccines which caused severe physical injuries. Ji was outraged and launched a “toilet revolution,” calling on people to go to the bathrooms of hospitals, universities, and institutes of higher education, transportation stations, parks, supermarkets, and other places with high traffic to write graffiti, demanding that the perpetrators of the faulty vaccines be held accountable and for Xi Jinping to step down. He was arrested on July 27 of that year and sentenced to three and a half years in prison, and on February 9, 2022, authorities released him.
Ji Xiaolong’s release from prison coincided with the total lockdown of Shanghai due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to secondary disasters, such as the closure of private companies, the mental breakdown of citizens, and many people taking their own lives, resulting in a public outcry. Ji Xiaolong launched the “Shanghai Citizens’ Petition for the People,” calling on the Shanghai authorities to stop the extreme zero COVID measures, reduce corporate and personal income taxes, compensate people who passed away due to extreme pandemic prevention measures, give subsidies and relief to residents, and to release those detained for releasing information about the pandemic and more.
Prior to his arrest, Ji Xiaolong was subjected to a degree of personal restraint, and after his release from prison, he was forbidden to return to his home in Jiangsu to apply for China’s national social insurance card due to illnesses caused by Chinese prison conditions. He was denied essential treatment for dental problems that occurred during his three-and-a-half-year incarceration. He developed dental infections while in prison that were not effectively treated in a timely manner. After his release, his dental examination on August 29 showed that “the bone in the tooth bed is almost gone. He said, “Eight teeth need to be extracted urgently.”
He sent a letter to Xi Jinping’s trusted aide Li Qiang, Party Secretary of the Shanghai Municipal Committee, asking him to intervene in the case to allow him to go home and visit his parents, who were in their eighties, to return to his hometown to apply for a social insurance card, and to further hold Shanghai city accountable for its excessive COVID pandemic prevention policies. He was, however, taken away from his home by police at 3:00 PM on August 31, 2022. This is the seventh time Ji Xiaolong has been questioned or taken away by police since he was released from prison on February 9.
On September 2, 2022, the Shanghai Meiyuan Xincun police station informed Ji Xiaolong’s Korean girlfriend, Ms. An, that Ji Xiaolong had been placed in criminal detention. On September 27, Ji Xiaolong’s family received a notice of arrest.
After Ji’s arrest, the online world launched a call that “Ji Xiaolong is not guilty,” with netizens holding up paper signs that read “Ji Xiaolong is not guilty” and demanding that the Chinese authorities in Shanghai release him.
Ji Xiaolong is a Christian who regularly reads the Bible at home after his release from prison and believes that his Christian faith provides a solid foundation for his acts of resistance against injustice.