Former Chinese activist arrested for exposing human rights violations in China
Update: 07 June 2021 17:18 STI
Beijing [China], June 7 (ANI): Wang Aizhong, a 44-year-old Chinese activist, was arrested last month for “provoking quarrels and causing unrest” for expressing his opinion on Twitter, an offense commonly used by Chinese authorities to stifle contestation.
The veteran activist helped found the Southern Street Movement in Guangzhou 10 years ago, calling for an end to one-party rule, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported. He has been active on social media, commenting on human rights violations in China.
His online activities caught him the attention of the police, who warned him to stay home early last month when he was invited to attend a dinner with a group of private businessmen in the neighboring city of Zhongshan.
Despite observance of order, the police raided the dinner party and questioned all the participants.
“It was just private businessmen having dinner but the police still took everyone to the station for no good reason. This is what is happening in China today,” he said. declared.
According to Wang Aizhong’s family and lawyer, he is being held in a detention center in Tianhe District, where police have banned face-to-face contact, citing concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak in Guangzhou.
A family friend said that Wang Henan and the attorney were warned not to speak to the media. “At the police station, the police told Wang Henan that Wang Aizhong was detained because of comments he posted on the Internet and interviews he gave to foreign media,” family.
According to SCMP, it was not clear whether Wang Aizhong’s Twitter comment was responsible for his last detention, or whether it was a warning to coincide with the 32nd anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown on Friday. .
Meanwhile, Wang Mo, another veteran activist of the movement, was sentenced last month to three years in prison in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, for “stirring up quarrels and causing unrest.”
Xie Wenfei, who also helped found the movement, was tried in Hunan Province on the same charge last month, but no ruling has been issued.
The Southern Street Movement called for the abolition of one-party rule in China, greater political freedoms, and public disclosure of the wealth of government officials. The movement ended in 2014 when most of its active members were imprisoned or placed under close surveillance.
Li Xuewen, an independent political analyst, said Wang’s detention was likely part of an ongoing crackdown by authorities against members of the movement. “Wang played a central role in the movement as one of its founders. The authorities are worried about his influence and want to prevent him from becoming a social leader,” he said.
Meanwhile, the family friend said Wang Aizhong’s wife was determined to fight for her husband’s release. “Wang Henan said that she would do everything possible to help him because she is sure that he did nothing against the law,” the friend said. (ANI)