Chinese Police Target Activists Who Supported Hong Kong Protests

Sandra Loyd

Authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong have actually apprehended a rights activist who revealed online opposition to Beijing’s prepare for a drastic national security law in Hong Kong.

Xiao Yuhui was drawn from his home by police in Guangdong’s Huizhou city after he retweeted a social media post opposing the strategy to straight enforce a law prohibiting sedition, subversion, foreign disturbance, and activities supporting self-reliance on the city, to be implemented by China’s feared state security police.

Xiao’s buddy and fellow activist Liao Jianhao informed RFA that his family were notified that he is under criminal detention when they went to ask after him at the police headquarters.

“The answer they got down at the police station was that they couldn’t visit Xiao Yuhui,” Liao stated. “[They were told] he would be moved elsewhere [in China] within the next 3 days.”

“They were unable to say exactly where that would be,” he stated. “They said that this was peculiar to criminal detention.”

Liao stated Xiao was apprehended after he retweeted a post describing an online letter-writing campaign by Hong Kong’s pro-democracy paper the Apple Daily, in opposition to the national security law.

The individual who initially posted the link to the campaign in a WeChat group was likewise apprehended, Liao stated, although he understood couple of information about her.

“This woman has now been released on bail pending trial,” Liao stated. “The 2 of them retweeted the Hong Kong [letter-writing compaign] in WeChat and required public responsibility relating to the circumstance in Hong Kong.”

Xiao is a veteran rights advocate and a professional in China’s now-defunct “one-child” family preparation policy.

He was apprehended by police on declared “credit card fraud” charges in 2016, and got a probationary sentence.

However he had actually kept a low profile because, and fellow activist Liang Songji stated his detention revealed how hard the judgment Chinese Communist Party is preparing to punish anybody who opposes Hong Kong’s national security law.

” They are attempting to obstruct anybody or any viewpoints supporting Hong Kong’s battle … [for democracy], so you can get welcomed to ‘consume tea’ [with the state security police], summoned to the police headquarters, and even detained for this,” Liang stated.

Rights attorney Wu Kuiming was likewise summoned to the police headquarters to provide a declaration relating to the upseting post, he stated.

” Wu Kuiming is likewise a member of this [WeChat] group,” Liao stated. “This means they are taking statements as evidence and are more likely … to frame Xiao Yuhui.”

Poet likewise apprehended

On the other hand, police in the southwestern province of Yunnan have actually apprehended outspoken poet Wang Zang, who has actually likewise revealed public assistance for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy motion.

Wang was removed on Might 30 by police from the Chuxiong Economic Advancement Zone police department in Yunnan’s Chuxiong Yi Autonomous Prefecture.

He was launched after being held in custody for 12 hours and might deal with charges of subversion, according to Beijing artist Yan Zhengxue.

“[Wang’s wife] Wang Li stated on WeChat that the regional police concerned charge him … that there were 20 police officers upstairs and 20 police officers downstairs,” Yan stated. “She can’t reach the phone now [as she’s under police surveillance].”

Police took Wang Zang’s passport, ID card, and the family’s mobile phone, and the family is currently under reliable house arrest at their home, Yan stated.

Repetitive calls to the Chuxiong Economic Advancement Zone police headquarters called unanswered throughout office hours on Monday.

Beijing-based rights activist Hu Jia stated Wang’s detention began the eve of the politically delicate anniversary of the June 4, 1989 Tiananmen massacre.

“Wang Zang has been totally consistent in his concern for Hong Kong,” Hu stated. “But I don’t think he has posted much that could support criminal charges by the authorities.”

Wang, who comes from Yunnan, was formerly a homeowner of Beijing’s Songzhuang artists’ town, and has actually formerly been targeted with duplicated forced expulsions for revealing online assistance for the 2014 Occupy Central motion in Hong Kong.

Reported by Gao Feng and Wong Lok-to for RFA’s Mandarin and Cantonese Providers. Equated and modified by Luisetta Mudie.

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