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31 Jul 2016

Eight family members of Lawyers Detained in the “709” Crackdown

“Joint Statement from 709 Victims’ Families: Release Our Family Members, Refuse Attempts to Divide Us, Monitor the Trials, and Acquit the Detained Activists”

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...In this statements, eight family members of lawyers detained in the “709” crackdown express strong concern about Wang Yu being threatened and pressured into doing a video “interview” in which she criticized her former colleague, Zhou Shifeng, as not being a “proper” lawyer. The statement also provides an account of four individuals, including Liu Ermin, wife of Zhai Yanmin, and Fan Lili, wife of Gou Hongguo, who were interrogated and harassed by the police when they went to the Tianjin No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court to inquire about the trial of Zhou Shifeng, Hu Shigen, Zhai Yanmin, and Gou Hongguo, which they had heard about but had never received official notification.