Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Shock Treatment for "Obstructionist Personality"

AFX News Limited
At least 100 property activists arrested in Shanghai, rights group says
09.20.2005, 07:07 AM

SHANGHAI (AFX) - Police have arrested at least 100 people involved in protests against official land grabs in Shanghai, a rights group said.

The action signals a significant toughening by authorities following a barrage of streets protests in Shanghai largely related to forced evictions due to urban renewal, Human Rights in China said, according to Agence France-Presse.

Petitioners were rounded up on the street, on buses and some in the middle of the night and most of the detainees remain in custody, the report said.

It said the crackdown was organised by the Shanghai Petitions and Letters office, which is in charge of receiving citizens' complaints, and the Jing An district Public Security Bureau, or police.

Detainees who refused to cooperate were beaten, the report said. One person, named as Zhang Fenfen, was told he would be sent to a mental hospital.

It said Zhang had previously been forced to undergo psychiatric treatment by the judiciary for having an 'obstructionist personality.'

Among others arrested was Mao Hengfeng, who was recently released from a labor camp where she said she underwent forced electric shock therapy.

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