As the 20th National Congress of the CCP draws near, Beijing’s security has been upgraded, like facing an enemy.
Jin, a female southern complainant, told Sound of Hope on September 28 that the regime tightly controls trains and cars to Beijing, and she cannot go to Beijing anymore. “In China now, anywhere you can be stopped. Since the Chinese government has used a user-recognition system, whether it’s taking a train, or taking a long-distance bus, or even walking on the street, you can be stopped. At the Beijing train station, when you get off the train, they are already waiting for you at the platform.”
According to Jin, the authorities started detaining and monitoring complainants two months before the so-called sensitive period of the CCP. Jin said she was not under house arrest because she had promised the stabilization staff that she would not go to Beijing to file a complaint. However, stabilization officers monitor her by taking photos of her at home every morning and afternoon.
Wang is another petitioner. He said: “A group of people spend thousands, even tens of thousands of dollars just to spy on you, not let you solve the problem, limit your freedom. Legally wise, this constitutes a crime of illegal detention. Moreover, this is an order from the central government. We have reported the matter to the central government, but they have never changed so far. To me, the definition of them is: Criminal—A fascist government that illegally dictates their people.”
Even if some of the petitioners get through the roadblocks and make it to Beijing, they still encounter difficulties and have nowhere to complain.
Over the past few days, Beijing police have repeatedly inspected rental properties and evicted petitioners. Local authorities across the country have also sent teams of police and stabilization personnel to Beijing to arrest the complainants.
China’s National Public Complaints and Proposals Administration refuses to accept petitioners from COVID-affected areas in the name of epidemic prevention. Since September 26, a metal wall, the height of a human, has been built outside the Complaints Office.
On the same day, the Tianjin Municipal Public Security Bureau organized an encouragement for the people to commit to maintaining stability and security, asking the police to entirely focus on the task of maintaining security and resolutely doing the so-called political “guardian” and “loyal bodyguards” of Tianjin.
According to Sound of Hope, people arriving in Beijing must take a nucleic acid test twice in three days, or they will receive a notification on their phone about their travel blocking. The staff will ask you not to enter Beijing if you receive this notice.
According to Vision Times, Beijing Public Transport Corporation has distributed about 1,800 “e-wearable” devices to highway and intercity long-distance bus drivers to monitor their psychological and mental state at any time.