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Li Yufang Accused of “Obstructing Official Business”: Criminal Detention and Arrest Notices

January 2, 2014

Shanghai petitioner Li Yufang (李玉芳) was officially arrested on January 2, 2014, on the charge of “obstructing official business,” after being detained on December 19, 2013, by the Yangpu District branch of the Shanghai Public Security Bureau.

Li’s was first detained after petitioning for help—by striking an aluminum bowl to get attention—at the Yangpu District government offices. After an officer on scene snatched her bowl away, Li attempted to retrieve it by pulling on the officer’s shirt and was subsequently sent to the Pingliang Public Security sub-station. Li has been taken into custody seven times previously for petitioning for compensation for the forced requisition of her home.

Criminal Detention Notice issued by Yangpu District Branch of the Shanghai Public Security Bureau:

Arrest Notice issued by the Yangpu District District Branch of the Shanghai Public Security Bureau: