Artist Wang Deqian from Hebei Province Arrested and His Daughter Detained When Visiting Him

At 5 p.m. on March 12th, 2008, Mr. Wang Deqian, a folk artist from Hebei Province, was arrested again by police officers from the Yi County Police Department and the Longmen Township Police Station in Laishui County. The police ransacked his home, leaving it a mess. Some art and craft materials were confiscated.

Mr. Wang Deqian was sent to the Yi County Detention Centre. He has started a hunger strike to protest the persecution. Mr. Wang's oldest daughter went to visit him by bus, but the guards would not let her see her father.

On April 11th, Mr. Wang's wife and oldest daughter went to visit him again. The Yi County Police Department detained his daughter, saying a picture found in her home was posted on the Clearwisdom website.

Yi County Detention Centre: 86-312-4700162
Yi County Police Department: 86-312-8225111
Person in direct charge:
Tian Guojun, chief of the Yi County National Security Team: 86-312-8212918

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