Tian lost her job 10 years ago in the northern city of Handan after exposing corruption in a county police district. Turned over to that county’s police, she was jailed and tortured for a year and ever since she has been petitioning and periodically detained. She was held in an old factory on Beijing’s southern edges in November, rounded up in a sweep of petitioners ahead of the Communist Party Congress to install Xi Jinping and other new leaders.
‘‘Xi Jinping may be a good person,’’ said Tian. ‘‘But can his commands be heard outside the walls of Zhongnanhai’’ — the leadership compound in Beijing.
AP writer Charles Hutzler and researcher Flora Ji contributed to this report.