Prominent dissident Lü Geng Song’s life in prison is in danger under strict control by prison authorities

Lü Geng-song, a prominent pro-democracy activist in Zhejiang Province who has been sentenced to 11 years in prison, is in fear for his life as his health deteriorates. Public opinion has called on Zhejiang prison authorities to immediately release Lü Geng Song on medical parole in order to save his life.

On May 30, Rights Defense Network was informed that the life of the famous Zhejiang pro-democracy activist Lü Geng Song is in danger in prison. Recently, his wife, Wang Xue’e, visited her husband at Changhu Prison in Huzhou, northern Zhejiang Province. She found that Lü Geng Song was extremely weak and in a very poor mental state.

Wang Xue’e was told that the prison system in Zhejiang Province has recently imposed strict control on “criminals” who do not plead guilty to the law. Since Lv Geng Song is a political prisoner, he has been denying his guilt, so he is the focus of the strict control.

Currently, Lü Geng Song is in extremely poor physical condition in prison and his life is in danger. Not only has Lü Geng Song been diagnosed with necrosis of his gallbladder, but he also has necrosis of the dental pulp in six of his teeth and cannot eat.

On April 10, his friends and relatives went to visit the prison, they found that he was more weak than before, although the local climate has long been in spring, but his body is still wearing a cotton jacket, three padded underwear, two thick warm pants and head wear a cold hat, but also feel cold, and said “afraid of wind and cold for a long time”, ” The rest of the 4-year sentence is not going to last”.

Lü Geng Song has repeatedly applied for medical parole, but has been refused. International public opinion has demanded that Zhejiang prison immediately allow Lv Geng Song to be released on medical parole in order to save his life.

According to public information, Lv Geng Song, born on January 7, 1956, is a native of Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, and graduated from Hangzhou University in 1983 with a degree in history. He is a former teacher at Zhejiang Higher School of Public Security. He is one of the founders of the China Human Rights Website, a human rights activist, and a key member of the Zhejiang Committee of the China Democratic Party.

In 1993, Lü Geng Song was dismissed from public service for supporting the democracy movement and has since become a freelancer and independent writer. He has published several online articles exploring issues of human rights, the legal system and corruption in China, and is the author of books such as “Corrupt Officials in the Chinese Communist Party,” “Establishing a Citizen Impeachment System,” “Establishing a Criminal Joint and Several Liability System,” “Buying Officials, Cheating Officials and Official Killing Officials,” “On the Social Foundations of the Triad Society in Contemporary China,” and “Major Types of Triads in Contemporary China.

On August 24, 2007, Lv Geng Song was arrested and raided for his words. On February 5, 2008, he was sentenced to four years in prison by the Hangzhou Intermediate Court for “inciting subversion of state power” and is serving his sentence in the Xijiao Prison in Yuhang District, Hangzhou.

On November 15, 2008, Lv Geng Song was awarded the 2008 “Writer in Prison Award” by the Independent Chinese PEN Association. He has been closely monitored and retaliated against by the Chinese Communist Party authorities for his continued commitment to democracy, his concern for the construction of a democratic constitutional government, and his activism in helping petitioners defend their rights.

On May 12, 2014, Lü Geng Song was summoned again and raided his home; on July 7 of the same year, he was detained by the police on suspicion of “subversion of state power”; on June 17, 2016, he was sentenced to 11 years in prison for “subversion of state power”. He is currently serving his sentence in Changhu Prison in Zhejiang Province.

According to public reports, upon his release from prison in 2011, Lü Geng Song told the prison warden, “As long as China does not achieve democracy, I will always be ready to go to prison.”

In July 2014, Lü Geng Song was taken away once again and never returned. The indictment accused him of carrying out activities in the name of the Chinese Democratic Party with the intention of overthrowing the Chinese Communist Party.

Lü Geng Song was straightforward in court, and in his closing statement he forcefully counted the crimes of the Communist Party and said, “Shouldn’t such an arbitrary, brutal, corrupt and decadent regime be subverted and replaced by a new democratic regime? …… For the cause of democracy and human rights in China and for the future of the Chinese nation, even if I have to spend the rest of my life in prison, I am willing to do so.”