The China Post
By: Ben Dooley, AFP
PANYU, Guangdong — Around a dozen police barged into Wu Rongpu’s
apartment in the early hours and dragged away his labor activist wife, leaving their 1-year-old daughter screaming.
“They came into the room and tore through everything they could” looking for evidence of Zhu Xiaomei’s work for a small Chinese workers’ rights organization.
Last week, just over a month after she was detained, authorities formally arrested her on charges of “gathering a crowd to disturb social order,” which carries a maximum sentence of seven years in jail.
Zhu, 36, came to Chinese authorities’ attention for her role as a labor activist in Panyu, in the southern province of Guangdong.
The region’s bustling ports and factories have made a huge contribution to China’s transformation into the world’s second-largest economy. [FULL STORY]