China’s Ministry of Public Security announced on September 27 that, to date, after a 100-day campaign, 1.43 million people have been arrested.
According to The Epoch Times, this campaign began on June 25 to tighten security ahead of the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), to be held on October 16.
Among those arrested were 640,000 criminal cases. Of the remaining, nearly 1 million people are also regularly persecuted by the CCP, such as dissidents, activists, petitioners, Christians, and Falun Gong adherents.
Xiang Jinfeng, an activist from Fujian province, was detained on September 1 on an unknown charge.
Lawyer Chen Jiahong has been missing since September 24, after police visited his home in Guangxi province.
Chen was once jailed for “inciting subversion of state power” after defending other rights activists.
Hu Jianguo, a Shanghai-based activist, explained to The Epoch Times why he was harassed and detained by authorities.
He said, “By defending our rights, we are fighting for democracy and freedom, which is our greatest hope in life.”
Hu added, “I told those communists that they are all embezzlers and thieves who keep money abroad and bully the people. For that, they sent a few more people [to my home]. Even a van was parked right outside watching us.”
According to Hu, other petitioners from Shanghai, such as Yang Yonglan, Guoping, Peng Miaolin and his daughter Peng Jun, are also under constant police surveillance.