By Jiawei Liu
Xinyu residents call for the release of Liu Ping, Wei Zhongping and others who disappeared in April. Photo via Weibo.
Liu Ping, an activist and former independent candidate to the National People’s Congress (NPC), has reportedly been detained by Chinese security services on suspicion of inciting subversion of state power since April 27.
Zhao Xuezhong, Liu Ping’s lawyer, filed a request to legally represent and meet Liu Ping on Tuesday, but the request was denied due to “national security reasons”.
Liu first came to prominence when she attempted to run as an independent NPC candidate for Xinyu, Jiangsu province, a move that was blocked by local officials.
According to the Guardian:
The detention of Liu Ping, 48, makes her the first person to be singled out by the government for putting pressure on officials over their wealth.
Xi, who became Communist party chief in November and president in March, has called for a crackdown on corruption, warning, as many have before him, that the problem is so severe it could threaten the party’s survival.
But China has detained at least 10 activists who have led a campaign for officials to publicly disclose their wealth – the first coordinated crackdown by the new government on activists, according to Maya Wang, a researcher with the Asia division at Human Rights Watch.
A police officer at the Yuanhe district police station in Xinyu, who declined to disclose his name, said the station was handling the case and had confirmed that police were in contact with Liu’s family on unspecified charges.
Liu was one of eight activists arrested on April 27, no further information about those detained has been released by state security officials.