Hong Kong “Grandma Wang” Arrested again for Raising a Placard, Human Rights Organization: Violation of Expression Freedom

Source: rfi.fr/tw/ ; Original author: Fulin

Published time: 23/01/2021

Translator: Ana ; Proofreading: Dandan

Image: Ms. Wang Fengyao (Internet page)

Comment:

Although the democratic system is imperfect, it is definitely hundred times better than the dictatorship and the communist Chinese system. Looking at the prosperous Hong Kong in the past and now it has fallen to such a tragic stage, while the Hong Kong citizens are still fighting. It shows the brilliance of human nature. People desire freedom and democracy, no one will bow to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) forever. When people stood up and fought, the fear disappears.

The original translation is as follows:

Since the anti-revision movement in Hong Kong in 2019, Wang Fengyao, the “grandmother Wang” who has participated in many demonstrations organized by democratic parties and waved the British flag, has lost contact with the outside world. She returned to Hong Kong from Shenzhen last October after being released on bail. Local time in the evening of January 22nd, she was arrested on suspicion of obstructing official duties while holding up a slogan at a luminous place in opposite side of Shang Tak Village, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong.

It is reported that Friday is the anniversary of the death of a 15-year-old girl Chen Yanlin who died of unknown reasons during the anti-revision campaign. On the same day, Hong Kong citizens mourned spontaneously at the Shang Tak intersection in Tseung Kwan O. Wang Fengyao also came to the scene to raise a slogan, and was later arrested by the Hong Kong police for “obstructing police officers from performing their duties.” According to the police, at about 7 o’clock last night, during the patrol, a woman was found holding a sign at a pedestrian crossing at Tong Ming Street in Tseung Kwan O, obstructing pedestrians from crossing the road. Somebody came to stop her, but she refused to cooperate. The officers arrested the 64-year-old local woman surnamed Wang on suspicion of “obstructing police officers from performing their duties.”

In response, the British human rights organization “Hong Kong Monitor” issued a statement stating that the arrest of Ms. Wang is another violation of democracy and freedom of expression in Hong Kong. Benedict Rogers, the founder of the organization and vice chairman of the British Conservative Human Rights Commission, said, “It now appears that even retirees holding protest signs at pedestrian crossings becomes a crime.” Hong Kong supervisors believe that it is Hong Kong’s suppression of democracy and breaks the limits. Also, they call on the Hong Kong government to release Granny Wang as soon as possible, and to urge the international community to agree with words deeds to sanction Chinese and Hong Kong officials who suppressed democratic resistance.

The 64-year-old Wang Fengyao attracted the attention of many people during the anti-revision campaign in June last year when she repeatedly raised the British flag during the demonstration. When she returned to her residence in Shenzhen after participating in a demonstration in the early morning of August 14 last year through customs at Huanggang Port, she was administratively detained for 30 days by the Shenzhen police for “provoking trouble.” According to her, the mainland police allowed her to “release on bail ” after asking her to write a letter of remorse and record a video while forcing her to participate in a five-day “patriotic trip” in Shaanxi Province.

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