During Chinese New Year, Sichuan rights activist Tan Zuoren (谭作人) and his wife, Wang Qinghua (王庆华) visited the families of several fellow Sichuan rights defenders and activists: the mother of the imprisoned rights activist Huang Qi(黄琦); the parents of Wu Guofeng(吴国锋), a student who died in Beijing during the June Fourth crackdown on the 1989 Democracy Movement; and the mother of rights activist Chen Yunfei (陈云飞), who will be released in March upon completing his four years’ imprisonment on the charge of “picking quarrels and provoking troubles” for sweeping the tombs of students who died in the June Fourth crackdown.
Tan reports that on December 7, 2018, Huang Qi’s mother, Pu Wenqing (蒲文清), 85, while petitioning in Beijing, was taken to Neijiang, Sichuan Province, the place of her household registration, where she was held incommunicado. During this period, she had required emergency treatment for her medical conditions, including heart failure, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Her conditions improved slightly after the treatment, but it cost her 40,000 yuan (about $5,900). On January 22, after 45 days, she was allowed to return to her home in Chengdu. At present, she is still relying on oxygen and medications.
Tan also writes that Wu Guofeng's mother is weak and sick, and needs to go to the hospital every week for treatment. The costly medical expenses made her worry a lot. Tan says that, in contrast, Chen Yunfei’s mother was in good spirit, excited that she would see her son in a little more than a month.
From left to right: Wang Qinghua, Pu Wenqing, Tan Zuoren
From left to right: Tan Zuoren, Pu Wenqing, Wang Qinghua, and unidentified friend
Huang Qi’s mother Pu Wenqing (placard says: “Huang Qi, your mother believes you are innocent”)
Huang Qi’s lawyer Liu Zhengqing (left) and Huang’s mother Pu Wenqing (placard says: "Octogenarian mother wants to visit ailing son in prison”)
Huang Qi’s mother Pu Wenqing (left)
Huang Qi’s mother Pu Wenqing (middle), Tan Zuoren (right)
From left to right: Zhang Guoqing (Sichuan citizen reporter), Tan Zuoren, Wu Dingfu (father of Wu Guofeng), Song Xiuling (mother of Wu Guofeng)
From left to right: Wang Qinghua, Tan Zuoren, Wu Dingfu (father of Wu Guofeng), Song Xiuling (mother of Wu Guofeng)
From left to right: Zhang Guoqing (Sichuan citizen reporter), mother of Chen Yunfei, Wang Qinghua
From left to right: Tan Zuoren, mother of Chen Yunfei, Wang Qinghua