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Beijing police ban drones, expel petitioners, migrant workers ahead of CCP congress — Radio Free Asia

Authorities in the Chinese capital have issued a ban on low-flying and drones over the city ahead of next month’s 5-year conference of the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

The Communist Party of China will hold its 20th National Congress from October 16th. A wave of censorship is mounting, limiting the freedoms of dissidents, petitioners and rights activists across the country.

Light aircraft, ultralight aircraft, gliders, delta wings, hot air balloons, airships, paragliders, drones, model planes and free tethered balloons are banned from Beijing’s skies until Oct. 31, city police say. said in a notice dated October 31. September 15th.

“Flying slow, slow, or small aircraft, such as drones, by any force, organization, or individual for any purpose is prohibited,” the statement said.

“Violations will be punished by the police according to… [current laws]’, reminding city residents that flight lights are already banned.

Meanwhile, outspoken critics of the government have been informed they will leave Beijing under police escort in the next few days, with similar measures reported in Tianjin, Hunan and Jiangxi provinces.

“I’m traveling right now,” Beijing-based commentator and former 1989 student protester Ji Feng told RFA on Wednesday.[Officials] here with me from my hometown. ”

“All my friends have been taken from their homes [on enforced ‘vacation’] “Some left earlier than me. I’ll be back at the end of October.”

“As soon as parliament is over, I will let you go home.”

Besides drones [pictured]light and ultralight aircraft, gliders, hot air balloons and model aircraft are banned from Beijing’s skies until Oct. 31.Credit: Xinhua News Agency

daily enforced disappearance

Ji estimated that thousands of other activists across China have also been ordered to leave town ahead of the event.

Masaaki Hayashi, a Shenzhen-based dissident activist, said security measures appeared to be tighter than usual ahead of a similarly politically sensitive event.

“This is unprecedented,” Lin said. “The current management of dissidents in designated locations is kind of crazy.”

“Dissidents are forcibly disappeared every day, including those taken out of town on ‘holidays,'” Lin said. ‗They also detained people as criminals, held them on bail pending trial, and extended the administrative period beyond the 20th parliamentary session.

“In Jiujiang city, Jiangxi province, far from the political center of Beijing, many dissidents also disappeared and were eventually detained,” Lin said.

Authorities in the capital are beginning to expel petitioners — ordinary Chinese who complain about public misconduct through a “letter and visit” system — from Beijing.

“My landlord suddenly said I have to [go back to my hometown]’, a petitioner who now lives in Beijing’s Daxing district and who gave only the surname Li told RFA.

“The 20th National Congress is about to start, and they are keeping us off to maintain stability,” she said.

Migrant workers are also being targeted, she said.

“My husband started working at the dump here in Daxing yesterday but got fired after just two days,” Lee said. “[The policy of] “Registering” the floating population means they are not allowed to stay in Beijing. ”

“You are not allowed to work here, you are not allowed to live here,” she said.

“Maintain stability”

A resident surnamed Wang, who lives on the outskirts of Beijing, said the state security police had carried out a large-scale raid on the migrant population in the area.

“The National Security Police detain people every day and detain them in different places,” Wang said. “Yesterday, they forcibly held down and dragged someone out of Yancheng, Jiangsu Province.”

“People with petitions are forced to leave Beijing, as if they were escorting prisoners,” she said.

Authorities in one local community in southwestern Sichuan are stepping up “maintaining stability” measures by appointing a local head of household security supervisors for every 10 households, the report said.

Each supervisor under the Neijiang Changan Community Neighborhood Board is responsible for those deemed to threaten social stability in a group of 10 households.

The dissident, who gave only his surname Tan, from the central Hunan province, said additional stabilization measures had been put in place in his hometown of Zhuzhou since Wednesday.

“Yes, we have full control from today,” Tan told RFA. “My local friend said he was taken out of town.”

A petitioner in the northern port city of Tianjin said authorities had set up three levels of checkpoints to catch petitioners trying to enter Beijing.

Translated and edited by Luisetta Mudi.

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