You may remember Shanghai human rights lawyer Li Tiantian (李天天), who was given a horrifyingly humiliating interrogation of her sex life shortly after being released from three months of “disappearance” for tweeting about the Arab Spring and the Jasmine protests.
Li was banished to the farwestern province of Xinjiang after her release. On Wednesday she attempted to return to her home in Shanghai, but as soon as she arrived in the city, national security police and plainclothes police officers took her away and put her on another train back to Xinjiang.
This is the third time that she’s been expelled from Shanghai. Radio Free Asia reports:
Earlier on Wednesday, Li traveled to the train station in Shenzhen with six of her supporters, including Xiao, who would escort her to Shanghai.
“The police expelled me three times from Shanghai in the past. I tried twice to return but failed,” Li said in an interview with RFA after boarding the train.
“I need to go back to Shanghai to take care of the lawsuits I was working on,” she said.
“The police are shameless, because I even promised them that if returned to Shanghai I would remain silent. But I also warned the authorities, I would risk anything to get back to my home.”
While on the train, Xiao spoke with RFA about why he had decided to accompany Li to Shanghai.
“I cannot sit idly by while a lawyer is refused the right to return to her own home,” he said.
“The police are abusing their power.”
Li Tiantian would probably have had a higher chance of getting into her Shanghai home if she found other means of getting into the city, but in a posting on her Twitter page, she said, “I’m not coming back to Shanghai like a thief. I’m coming back under the broad daylight. I’m using my life to fight with them. So there’s no way I’d get off the train before arriving in Shanghai to find other ways of getting back home.”