On September 4, I received the following photo via sina microblog.
The girl is holding a placard that said: Save uncle Tian Xi! Uncle Tian Xi you have to be happy! In fact, “Xi” in Chinese means “happiness”. It is the hope of Tian's parents that he has a happy life but reality has drifted him in to an opposite direction.
23-year-old Tian Xi is an AIDS patient who was inflected with HIV in 1996 upon receiving a blood transmission in a hospital in Xincai county, Henan province. He was formally arrested on August 17 under the charge of criminal destruction of property and was transferred to the Prosecutorial detention center on August 25.
In order to save Tian Xi, his father visited a prominent journalist and blogger, Wang Keqin, who helped Tian's father to explain his side of the story in his blog:
Tian's father said: “After six years of petitioning, it was the first time the county party secretary sent a mobile message to Tian. We believed that the problem would definitely be solved. Tian went home immediately after receiving the message”.
On Monday, July 26, Tian went to the office of the party secretary but the staff said Secretary Jia was away for a meeting. Tian sent a text message to Jia, who asked him to visit his office again next monday.
On the following Monday, August 2, Tian arrived at the secretary office at 8:30 am. However, Jia once again did not turn up. The staff there again explained that he was busy with meetings.
Since the AIDS medicine that Tian got from Beijing was about to be used up, he decided to get medication from the local hospital, which is responsible for taking care of his disease.
Tian Xi visited the office of the hospital chief, Li Junzhou, asking for medicine and compensation. Li asked him to talk to the leader of the county government and left the office.
Tian's father said: Tian Xi was very angry and pushed everything from the hospital chief's desk onto the ground, including the computer, fax machine and telephone. Later, it was estimated that the equipment cost about RMB3,000.
On August 5 and 6, Tian Xi visited Li's office again. Li refused to meet him and locked himself in the office. “Out of rage, Tian Xi jammed the lock of the hospital chief”.
At 16:00 of August 6, the local police arrested Tian without any explanation. On the next day, two documents were delivered to Tian's mother stating that Tian was under administrative detention for 15 days as a result of what he did to the hospital chief. On the following day, the police deferred the administration detention and sent Tian back home. But his family was under police surveillance. On August 17, the police arrested Tian again, this time under the criminal charge of destruction of property. The arrest document was issued on August 22.
Many believe that the arrest is a plot against Tian Xi as he has been a major target of “stability control”. According to the town government's report to the county government on July 9, Tian Xi
NGOs and networks, such as Love Knowledge Action and China AIDS Group, have issued statements pleading for the release of Tian Xi based on humanitarian reason. Human rights lawyer also pointed out that criminal detention only applied to the destruction of property above RMB 5,000.
Tian Xi was born on January 3, 1987. In March 1996, when he was 9 years old, he had an accident and the doctor from Xincai county 1st People's Hospital claimed that Tian had a slight brain concussion and suggested blood transmission as a treatment. Since then, Tian Xi's body has become very weak. On July 12, 2004, Tian Xi found out that he was inflected with HIV in a blood test and he received free medication from the local clinic.
In September 2004, Tian's family made an appeal to the county court demanding a RMB1 million compensation but the case was rejected without any reason. Since then they started their petition journey to Beijing. In 2005, Tian was admitted to a university in Beijing and become an AIDS activist. He has been blogging about his journey of pursuing justice at TianXi with HIV.