Activists targeted as workers of China unite

The China Post
By: Ben Dooley, AFP

PANYU, Guangdong — Around a dozen police barged into Wu Rongpu’s

This Jan. 10 picture shows Wu Rongpu holding a picture of his wife Zhu Xiaomei in Panyu, an industrial district in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong. (AFP)
This Jan. 10 picture shows Wu Rongpu holding a picture of his wife Zhu Xiaomei in Panyu, an industrial district in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong. (AFP)

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]

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