In early December 2019, Xu Zhiyong (许志永), Ding Jiaxi (丁家喜) and other citizens and lawyers met in Xiamen, Fujian Province, to discuss current affairs and China's future and share their experience in promoting the construction of civil society. On December 26, the authorities started taking away the participants and others involved in the private gathering. More than 20 citizens and lawyers have been disappeared or summoned, and several have been accused of “inciting subversion of state power” or “picking quarrels and provoking trouble.” Those still in custody have not been allowed to meet with lawyers, and their families and lawyers have had no information on where they are being held.
A number of other citizens and lawyers who were detained by the police on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” and later released on bail pending trial. Many citizens and lawyers were also summoned and harassed by the police on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble.”