Chinese Human Rights Attorney Assaulted Again
After being assaulted for the fourth time by plainclothes agents, Gao Zhisheng, the renowned and respected Beijing human rights attorney, told the Epoch Times reporter in an interview, "Please say 'thank you' for me to everyone who is concerned about me, and tell them that I'm ok… I promise I will go on doing what I should do in spite of such vicious assaults. ….. I just wish my wife had not witnessed the scene."
Attorney Gao Zhisheng was assaulted on the night of July 30. He was then brought to Xiaoguan Police Station for questioning, and was released in early in the morning on July 31. Gao told the reporter that this assault was more vicious than the previous ones. Gao was not seriously injured, but got injuries all over his body.
Gao said he went downstairs three times that night to ask the plainclothes agents to shut their car engine to stop the noise. On his third visit, the agents attacked Gao .
According to Gao's account, he first knocked on
the door of the plainclothes agents' car (plate No. J24758) at around
10 p.m. and asked the agents to stop the engine. Gao said to the agents,
"I am not the only resident here. If someone harassed you at your
doorstep every day like this, you must feel as terrible as I do now."
The agent sitting in the front passenger seat answered him with curses,
"I'll keep this [one dirty word omitted] engine on the whole night.
When Gao thought the police had arrived, he went down the third time to meet the policemen at the gate. A stout agent suddenly spat at Gao. Gao dodged, and looked at the agent. The agent shouted at him, "What are you looking at? I'll kick your butt. You think you are something, do you? But you are just a stupid (dirty language omitted) in the eyes of the communist party. " Gao asked him, "Why do you hate me so much? Why do you curse me in the public?" The agent yelled, "I'll not only curse you, but beat you." Then he threw himself at Gao and started beating him.Not Fighting Back
According to Gao, five or six plainclothes agents assaulted him en masse. Gao had to hold the most vicious agent tightly to protect himself. Another agent tried several times to hit Gao with a brick, but failed as he could not aim as Gao was struggling the whole time. But it was too late for Gao to dodge so the brick cut off a piece of skin off Gao's elbow.Gao said, "This time they were seriously trying to injure me. Maybe they wanted to break my legs and arms. Those agents are very venomous. They even kicked me in my private parts."
Gao got injuries all over his body in the assault. He told the reporter that his right foot was hurting badly, and there was a big lump on his right leg. Gao's left wrist and elbow were badly bruised, his right thumb nail cracked, the mark of the wound on his left rib was almost the size of a palm and at the top of his leg was a 6 cm (2.4 inch) long lump.
"When you get one wound on your body,"
Gao said, "you feel the pain of the wound. But when you are hurt
all over, you feel only the concept of being in pain. They (the plainclothes
agents) treat me as a foe they believe should be physically eliminated.
Even the policemen who questioned me kept sighing, because they all
knew I did not fight back at all. The policemen could do nothing to
Gao's Wife Worried
"I believe in God," said Gao, "so violence can never scare me or dishearten me. But I don't want my wife to witness such a scene. When I was beaten up, she was so worried… The agent hit me with a brick. I dodged, but the brick still touched my arm and cut a piece of skin off. You can see he hit with his full strength. If I had not dodged, my arm could have been broken."
When Gao returned home from the police station, his wife caressed his hair again and again in long silence…When his wife cleaned his wounds, she said, "The one thing I can not tolerate is other people bullying you. But now they have been bullying you for eight months, and their assaults are more and more violent..."
During the interview, Gao fell silent every time the reporter asked about the sufferings of his family. At last he exhaled deeply, "As I said today to the policemen, the Chinese Communist Party has left only two options for the Chinese people: either you live like a dog, or you die. If you express your opinion, the authorities will go to great lengths to ruin you. But please tell everyone I'm doing fine. I'll have a good sleep as usual, and continue to do what I should do."
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