|Jiang Yuanmin, Zhang Keke, Hu Guiyun, and Cai Ying |
pose outside the Qixing Detention Center
Efforts on Sunday to gain access to the detainees were unsuccessful. Early this morning, lawyers Jiang Yuanmin, Zhang Keke, Hu Guiyun, and Cai Ying arrived at the Qixing Branch Public Security Bureau (PSB). Told that officials there were having a meeting, the lawyers were kept waiting outside the facility until 11:30 a.m., at which point they were ushered into a meeting room. (They immediately noticed that audio-visual recording equipment had been freshly installed in the room.)
The head of the Qixing PSB, Guo Yuzhong, inspected the two lawyers’ identification documents then informed them that this was a “major” case and that it would be necessary to investigate whether the lawyers had contacts with “some persons who did not understand the true situation.”
For a while, the lawyers and police went back and forth over the matter of the procedure for meeting with detainees. Guo insisted that their request would have to be subject to formal approval, but the lawyers insisted that there was no legal basis for this. In cases involving administrative detention, they argued, the detention center should arrange for immediate meetings with detainees as long as the lawyers’ paperwork is in order. (The relevant regulations seem to be on the side of the lawyers.)
|Concerned citizens demand release of|
four human rights lawyers
At the time of posting, there was no word on what, if any, progress was made in the afternoon. Meanwhile, more than 45,000 yuan has been contributed to support the rescue effort.