A court in southern China’s Guangdong province sentenced a human rights activist to 2 years and 9 months in prison, who held a banner in public to show her opposition to strict national security laws imposed by Hong Kong’s ruling. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Zhang Wuzhou was sentenced by the Qingcheng District People’s Court in Guangzhou Province, sentencing her to commit “obstructing civil servants” and “quarreling and causing trouble.”
As well as her public opposition to the National Security Law for Hong Kong, the indictment against Zhang also mentions her use of slogans to commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen massacre in Gong. member of Baiyun Mountain, Guangzhou in June 2020, and the public’s support for attorneys defending rights. Sun Shihua after she was beaten by the police.
It said that when the police informed Zhang Wuzhou that she was under criminal detention. Zhang Wuzhou refused to sign the documents and tore off the warrant. She was also accused of “assaulting” a police officer while in detention.
Zhang has yet to decide whether to appeal the sentence and sentence.
Zhang’s son, Xu Hongbo, said his mother repeatedly repeated “This is not the truth” and “I was framed” after she heard the statement.
“She’s in a bad state, mentally and physically not in a good state,” Xu said.
He said he and the rest of his family take great care of Zhang’s health, after reporting that she was tortured in the detention center last year.
“The police hurt her when she was in the police station, causing her fingers to be bent and deformed,” Xu said. “She also has stomach and uterine problems.”
“But every time she goes to see the doctor, they just urge her and bring her back again,” he said. “It would be better if they had an MRI scan.”
‘She won’t back down’
Human rights activist Liang Yiming said he is also very worried about Zhang.
“As for her type of person, it’s no exaggeration to say that she might not be out of life,” Liang said. “She won’t give in to anything.”
“She won’t step back if she’s sure she’s right.”
Zhang, who served in prison for “quarreling and disrupting”, caused a stir in 2015 with his sister Zhang Weichu after their brother Zhang Liumao died in police custody.
Zhang Liumao died inside the Guangzhou No.3 Detention Center on November 4, 2015, with his family reporting signs of serious attack on his body.
A relative and a lawyer who viewed Zhang’s body said there were marks on it that were consistent with the torture.
Zhang Weichu, an experienced gynecologist, lost his job and was kicked out of his home with his young son since resolving her brother’s case with the authorities.
She has been unable to secure another job as a doctor since being fired from Vanke Hospital in Qingyuan City, Guangdong on August 31, 2018.
Gao Feng’s Report to RFA’s Mandarin Service. Translated and edited by Luisetta Mudie.