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While this incident does not involve a Christian, the persecution illustrated in the article below against someone who was opposed the Chinese government is typical of what is experienced by many believers in China .

China protester sent to psychiatric hospital: group

Reuters News (01/21/06)

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BEIJING – A woman who protested against forced evictions in Shanghai , China ‘s rapidly modernising commercial hub, has been forcibly admitted to a psychiatric hospital, a New York-based rights group said.

Another Chinese who irked the authorities, a man arrested when he tried to mourn purged Communist Party chief Zhao Ziyang, has lost an appeal against his three-year sentence, said the group, Human Rights in China , in a statement seen on Saturday.

Liu Xinjuan was taken, bound and gagged, to a psychiatric hospital after being detained by police when she met other petitioners on January 16 in a Shanghai park, the report said.

When her son visited her at the hospital he found her covered in bruises and wounds, her left hand immobilised by injury, it added.

Another U.S.-based monitoring group, Human Rights Watch, says Chinese police psychiatrists often apply the label “litigation mania” to people who persistently lodge petitions or complaints with the authorities about persecution.

Liu, a long-time petitioner on land and relocation issues, had already been forcibly admitted for psychiatric treatment in 2003 and subjected to brutal abuse, as well as being held for a time in criminal detention, the HRIC report said.

It said she and the group she was meeting last week had planned to go to a session of the Shanghai People’s Congress.

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