The second Urgent Action released by AI last week involved the family members of Ye Guozhu who was sentenced to a four-year prison term in December 2004 after he applied for official permission to hold a public demonstration against forced evictions in Beijing. In 2003, the Beijing authorities demolished a restaurant owned by Ye Guozhu and his brother Ye Guoqiang, and their homes, to allow for construction related to the 2008 Olympic Games. The family received no compensation.

Ye Guoqiang protested on September 29th with a home-made placard against forced evictions to clear space for construction for the 2008 Olympics. He was taken away by police to an unknown location. The police also searched his home and confiscated documents and two computers. On the same day, Ye Guozhu’s son Ye Mingjun was taken from his home by police along with his cousin who was later released. Ye Mingjun and Ye Guoqiang are now both detained on suspicion of “inciting subversion”.

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