Sunday, June 26, 2011

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao - Welcome to Britain

Hu JiaImage via Wikipedia

As the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao meets the UK Prime Minister David Cameron today, a short video filmed in secret by one of his fellow Chinese citizens.

Political dissident Hu Jia (pictured), who was released from prison today after three and a half years, has been placed under informal house arrest at his home in Beijing. His "crime" was to write articles and give interviews that were critical of the Chinese government for its human rights abuses. His open letter titled The Real China and the Olympics was published in 2008. 

Prior to his imprisonment, Hu Jia and his wife were placed under near-constant police surveillance. The following video was secretly filmed during this period. Amnesty estimates that since February of this year, at least 130 political activists (including bloggers, writers and lawyers) have been disappeared, or placed under house arrest or close surveillance.

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