At least seven mainlanders have been detained for their involvement in or support for the Occupy Central movement in Hong Kong, reports Human Rights In China.
This does not include the Shenzhen activist who was taken away after posting photos of the Occupy Central movement on Weibo.
The most recent case occurred on October 3, when the highly vocal poet Wang Zang (王藏), who holds an active Twitter account, was taken away by the authorities. His last Twitter post was on 1 October, when he retweeted a photo from Passion Times bearing the headline “We wont’ forget the crime you committed against the citizens by resorting to the use of violence.” Another photo that he posted of himself with a blue umbrella against a backdrop of the flag of the Republic of China is also openly defiant.
Other details of detainees under the Human Rights report:
Criminal detention—Guo Hongwei (郭洪伟), Jilin activist. Detained after bumping into petitioners holding placards supportive of HK protests, but he didn’t raise one.
Taken away—Wang Fang (王芳), Wuhan rights activist. Taken away by police after posting photos of herself raising placards supporting Occupy Central at the Beijing south station.
Taken away—Ran Suibi (冉祟碧), Guangdong petitioner. Taken away, along with Wang Fan, after raising placards supporting Occupy Central at the Beijing south station.
Summonsed—Han Ying (韩颖), Beijing rights defender. Taken from home by police, notice of summons certificate stated crime was “picking quarrels and provoking troubles,” allegedly for taking photographs to support HK and posting messages of solidarity on Weibo.
Take away—couple Jiang Liuyong and Lidong (姜流勇、李冬梅夫妇), Beijing rights defenders.
Take away—Chen Maosen (陈茂森), Songning Sheng (宋宁生), and Gong Xinhua (龚新华), Jiangxi activists. Taken by 60-70 police, after raising placards to search for two missing petitioners, show support for Occupy Central, and call for Chinese to “struggle for freedom.
Meanwhile, Alan Wong, reporter for the New York Times, also noted that democracy advocates in Guangzhou have been taken away after posting up a photo of themselves holding a banner that read: “Support Hong Kong’s fight for freedom!”
Despite Instagram being blocked in China and democracy advocates being taken away, Chinese tourists travelling during Golden Week have still gotten a glimpse of the democracy protests in Hong Kong for themselves, reports The New York Times. Still, armed with little knowledge about the movement or oblivious to the news about the politics of the issue, many of them only cite the inconvenience the protests posed to their scheduled activities of shopping and sightseeing.
But for many mainland tourists, the widespread sit-ins that have brought some of Hong Kong’s busiest boulevards to a standstill since Saturday were an inconvenience — a logistical challenge to a program of shopping and sightseeing. Chengdu business told the New York Times as he took photos of protestors on Wednesday : “I don’t have any opinion about the politics of this,”