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20 Mar 2019

Eva Xiao, AFP

China: Labour activist Wei Zhili detained by police, wife says

…Wei Zhili, 30, an editor at a Chinese labour rights media site, was apprehended…by police in Guangzhou, southern Guangdong province, for “disturbing public order”, his wife and prominent feminist Zheng Churan told AFP…“I am very afraid that the police will use abusive methods to force him to admit that he did something wrong.” Her husband’s colleague, Ke Chengbing, is also feared to be under police custody, as he has been unreachable for nearly 24 hours, according to rights groups.

Citing Wei’s parents, who were present when her husband was detained, Zheng said police told them their son had been “brainwashed” into helping workers and that they were taking him away to “educate” him, without specifying where…Police in Shenzhen and Guangzhou did not immediately respond to AFP’s request for comment…

According to Zheng, her husband had also been in touch with workers from central Hunan province, specifically those suffering from pneumoconiosis, a type of lung disease they contracted while working in Shenzhen due to unsafe working conditions…