PRC fem­i­nist ac­tivist claims un­der­went ‘abu­sive’ ques­tion­ing af­ter her re­lease

The China Post - - COMMENTARY -

One of five lead­ing main­land Chi­nese fem­i­nist ad­vo­cates said she went through lengthy and ver­bally abu­sive in­ter­ro­ga­tions af­ter she was con­di­tion­ally re­leased in a case that has at­tracted in­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion.

Wu Ron­grong, a 30-year-old ad­vo­cate for women’s rights, said in a state­ment re­leased Satur­day that she en­dured an eighthour po­lice in­ter­ro­ga­tion in a ho­tel room in the eastern city of Hangzhou. She said her in­ter­roga­tors in­sulted her at length, call­ing her self­ish and un­grate­ful and telling her that she brought shame to so­cial ac­tivists.

“I fi­nally walked out of the hor­ri­ble Room 226 at 10:30 p.m.,” Wu wrote. “In cold winds, I was full of tears. I felt both my body and my mind were near col­lapse. I didn’t know my way home. I was help­less and scared.”

Wu could not be reached as she was banned from speak­ing to the me­dia, but her lawyer Lu Zhoubin con­firmed the state­ment’s au­then­tic­ity. A po­lice­man who Wu al­leged was in­volved in her in­ter­ro­ga­tions de­clined to be in­ter­viewed, and Bei­jing po­lice did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to a faxed re­quest for com­ments.

Wu and four oth­ers were de­tained last month, just ahead of the In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day, as they were plan­ning to hand out stick­ers and fly­ers against sex­ual ha­rass­ment in sev­eral Chi­nese cities un­der PRC con­trol. The de­ten­tions of Wu, Li Tingt­ing, Wei Tingt­ing, Zheng Chu­ran and Wang Man drew an un­usual amount of at­ten­tion over­seas.

The women were re­leased af­ter 37 days with­out any for­mal charge, but they re­main crim­i­nal sus­pects. Wu’s lawyer said Wu is ob­li­gated to an­swer to sum­mons for po­lice in­ter­ro­ga­tions but ar­gued that Wu and oth­ers are in­no­cent. “The charge against them stems from an ac­tiv­ity that did not oc­cur at all,” the lawyer said.

He said Wu also was ill-treated while in detention when her medicine was with­held for days and when she was forced to sleep on the floor.

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