Guilty by words? Guangdong pro-democracy activist Wang Aizhong raided, detained

On May 28, Wang Aizhong, a well-known democrat in Guangdong, was taken away by Guangzhou police. According to sources, Wang Aizhong has been detained by the police and his family has received a notice stating that he was charged with “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” and is now being held in the Tianhe District Detention Center in Guangzhou.

According to Rights Defense Network, someone called Wang Aizhong at noon on May 28, saying that his car had been scratched and lured him downstairs to take him away. Subsequently, nine police officers went to Wang Aizhong’s house and searched it, showing a search warrant to Wang’s wife and taking 29 books, two computers, and a cell phone. Subsequently, Wang’s wife was also summoned to the police station, questioned about Wang Aizhong’s interactions and statements, and warned not to speak out. Wang Aizhong was then criminally detained on suspicion of picking quarrels and provoking trouble and is being held in Guangzhou Tianhe District Detention Center.

Notice of Criminal Detention (Photo credit: Rights Defense Network)

According to the report, Wang Aizhong is a pro-democracy activist who has been persistently vocal in recent years, and his comments on Twitter have been closely monitored by the Chinese Communist authorities. This arrest is likely to be a conviction for his words.

According to public information, Wang Aizhong, born in 1976, is originally from Jinhua City, Zhejiang Province, China, and now lives in Guangzhou. He was a successful businessman in his early years and later promoted the Southern Street Movement, and has been closely monitored by the police because he is one of the advocates of the Southern Street Movement. On the eve of June 4, 2014, Wang was detained by the Guangzhou police on charges of provoking trouble.

On May 7 of this year, Wang Aizhong tweeted that several local entrepreneurs in Zhongshan City were invited to dinner on Zhongshan Tongle Street on the evening of May 5, but he was forbidden to attend by the Guangzhou State Security, so he could not go.

Wang Aizhong once said, “Since I took this path, I have never taken any chances, and it was only a matter of time before I went in. Freedom has always come at a price, and we have no choice but to be righteous. Do not want to go to jail at this darkest moment before the dawn, but to any sacrifice imposed on us, are calm to face.”