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Mother sent to labour camp after visiting son in Beijing

When Zhao Fumei, a caring mother from China’s western Gansu province, packed her son’s favourite snacks and boarded a train to Beijing, she didn’t know the trip would end with her in a labour camp for one year.

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 21 November, 2012, 3:46pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 27 November, 2012, 9:57am
 

When Zhao Fumei, a caring mother from China’s western Gansu province, packed her son’s favourite snacks and boarded a train to Beijing, she didn’t know the trip would end with her in a labour camp for one year.

After spending a few days with her son, Guo Dajun, and daughter-in-law in Beijing, Zhao left them and headed back home on November 8.

She called her son from Beijing West Railway Station, and all was fine. That was the last Guo heard from his mother.

Guo, a graduate student at Beijing Institute of Technology, later received a letter from the Lanzhou police. It said his mother was being “punished” for “disturbing the public order” and must spend one year in a labour camp in Lanzhou.

But Guo believes his mother, a frequent petitioner to Beijing in the past, is being punished simply for her past “bad record” with authorities. Even though Zhao had spent all her time in Beijing with her son, the police apparently believed she was on another petition mission.

Guo, who is worried and desperate to help his mother, posted her story on China’s twitter-like service Sina Weibo, hoping that some media attention would save her from the labour camp sentence. Guo also said he would also take legal measures to free her if nothing is done to stop her from being punished.

“I want my mother to come home,” he said. “I will convince her to give up petitioning in the future.”

The post has drawn thousands comments on Sina Weibo.

“It’s definitely not his mother who should be jailed,” said one Weibo user.

“Is this our rule of law?” said another Weibo user.

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