Li Wenzu was blocked by police officers from leaving her apartment complex to attend the trial of her husband Wang Quanzhang
It was a little after 5am on Boxing Day when Li Wenzu tried to leave her apartment to attend her husband’s trial.
She hadn’t slept much the last two nights after receiving the news that her husband, human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang, would finally face trial after more than three years of waiting in prison. She hasn’t been able to see or speak to him during that time.
On Wednesday, hours before the trial was to begin, Li walked down the seven flights of stairs of her apartment block in Beijing to find more than a dozen plainclothes police and four cars awaiting her outside. She had already been warned by public security agents not to attend her husband’s trial at a courthouse in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin.