Li Jinping (李金平), from Shilipu Village, Changying Township, Chaoyang District, Beijing, worked as a police officer at the Chaoyang Branch of the Beijing Public Security Bureau until he resigned in 2000. After Zhao Ziyang, the former General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, passed away in 2005, Li set up a devotional stand in his home to commemorate Zhao. In early 2008, the authorities, without reaching a relocation agreement with Li, demolished his home, wrecked the devotional stand, and destroyed the tree nursery on which he depended for his livelihood.
Li had advocated for Zhao’s political rehabilitation for years. He has written many letters to the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and has held up banners in Tiananmen Square. He has been detained multiple times by the police and kept under prolonged surveillance for his efforts.
Li Jinping was taken into police custody on October 8, 2010, the day of the announcement of the Nobel Peace Prize for Liu Xiaobo, and sent to a psychiatric hospital on November 30, 2010. There, he was forced to take anti-psychotic drugs with potentially fatal side effects. In less than six months at the facility, he developed cerebral blood clots and cerebral atrophy. On June 22, 2011, he was transferred to a general hospital for treatment and was discharged on July 28.
Below is Li’s account of what happened to him, translated into English by Human Rights in China.
For more information on Li Jinping, see:
- “Timeline: Human Rights Defenders (April – May 2009),” China Rights Forum, 2009, no. 2
- “Li Jinping Harassed and Detained ahead of Anniversary of Zhao Ziyang’s Death,” January 15, 2008
- “Beijing Police Harass Housing Activist Li Jinping,” December 28, 2007