Chinese rights activist and government critic Hu Jia said on a post to his Twitter account that he was beaten up by a group of plain-clothes people in Beijing last night.
Around around 8 p.m. yesterday, Hu alleges to have been beaten up by a group of three or so people near Caofang Station in Beijing’s Chaoyang District before they drove off.
As his glasses had fallen off in the struggle, Hu couldn’t see the car’s license plate. He said he was injured and asked a passer-by to help him take pictures.
Hu is pictured in images with a bloodied nose. According to his Twitter post, he suffered a maxillary frontal bone fracture. He added in the post that he’d been beaten up in the same spot where he’d parked his car, and that a red cross had been marked on a fence in this location but nowhere else. Hu believes that the attack had been planned, and reported it to police.
This afternoon, Hu posted on Twitter that the group had told him that he’d be under house arrest.
Previously, the activist had called on citizens, human rights workers and foreign politicians to visit Liu Xia, wife of jailed Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, while she was under house arrest as to ‘rescue’ her from detention.
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By Jennifer Hui