Guo Feixiong announced a hunger strike in Pudong, Shanghai to protest that the authorities were not allowed to leave the customs https://t.co/Z9TChHVb4r
— Voice of America Chinese Network (@VOAChinese)
January 28, 2021
Chinese human rights activist Guo Feixiong (real name Yang Maodong) and his sister Yang Maoping had flown from Guangzhou to Shanghai at about 1 pm on January 28, but they were accused by the authorities when they were preparing to transfer to an international flight to San Francisco in the United States. They were intercepted under the name of "endangering national security" and failed to clear customs.Guo Feixiong announced that he would start an indefinite hunger strike on the spot.
A VOA reporter had a telephone interview with Guo Feixiong earlier when they were heading to Pudong Airport.
Guo Feixiong told VOA near the customs checkpoint at Pudong Airport that the Ministry of Public Security, Ministry of Security, Customs, and Entry-Exit Control Law is so cruel.
Since going to the United States to take care of his wife after cancer removal surgery was hindered by the Ministry of Public Security of China, he recently issued an urgent open letter to senior officials such as Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, and Li Zhanshu, calling on the three leaders to carry forward the spirit of humanitarian civilization and immediately stop the attempts by officials of the Ministry of Public Security. He illegally obstructed his black-box operation to travel to the United States.
Guo Feixiong's wife urgently needs family care after the operation, and the development of the situation is receiving widespread attention.
Guo Feixiong, whose real name is Yang Maodong, is 54 years old. He is considered to be a civil scholar who believes in democracy and freedom and advocates civil rights in a moderate and rational manner. He has always rushed for public affairs and political issues regardless of personal safety. He has defended and supported Falun Gong because of his rights defense actions. He was imprisoned four times by the authorities for requesting that the official’s property be made public, and he was jailed twice. He spent 15 of the past 11 years in prison and was hailed as a "civil rights hero."
Currently, in Washington, the Biden administration has taken office.The US-China relationship is at a delicate and important historical moment.
Zhou Fengsuo, who has been observing the U.S. political and international situation for a long time, pointed out that the new U.S. Secretary of State Blincol expressed his basic agreement with the previous government’s tough policy toward China at a congressional hearing. The U.S. and Chinese militaries are still facing off in the Taiwan Strait and the South China Sea. It shows that the United States may basically continue the Trump administration's China policy in the next four years.
Therefore, the head of a nonprofit organization that is concerned about the human rights situation in mainland China called on the US government to pay attention to the humanitarian incidents that Guo Feixiong faces may not be able to go to the United States to take care of his seriously ill wife, and to prevent the authorities from using the family affection of human rights activists and dissidents to try to do so. Attempts of "hostage diplomacy".
It is worth noting whether Guo Feixiong, a human rights activist who holds a visa to the United States, can get rid of the inhumane obstruction of the Chinese authorities and arrive in the United States to reunite with his seriously ill wife and children, ultimately turning the crisis into an opportunity and not only testing the political wisdom of Chinese leaders, And it may become the first Chinese human rights and humanitarian incident faced by the new US government.
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