The Shenzhen activist who sued China Unicom earlier this year for blocking access to Google was recently detained after he posted pictures of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement on mainland social media, his former lawyer told South China Morning Post.
Wang is being held in custody in the city’s Longgang district for “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”, according to the lawyer, Fan Biaowen.
“They [police] told me it [detention] was due to his posting about the demonstration in Hong Kong and his previous engagement in activism,” he elaborated.
Wang had reposted at least six photos on Weibo showing pro-democracy supporters and students protesting in Hong Kong, according to freeweibo.com, a website that tracks deleted posts on the micro-blogging platform.
Last month, Wang had been summoned for questioning by the national security staff just ahead of the trial for legal activist Yang Maodong, who’d been charged for “gathering a crowd to disrupt social order,” the Post reported. In September, Wang also appeared in headlines when he attempted to sue China’s second-largest telecom operator for failing to provide access to Google after it was blocked in the mainland.
If this is the case, it can’t be good.