splashing ink on a poster of Xi Jinping in Shanghai. She is now reportedly receiving compulsory “treatment” at a psychiatric hospital in Hunan province.young woman disappeared earlier this month after filming herself
On the morning of July 4th, Dong Yaoqiong live-streamed herself throwing ink onto an image of Xi’s face on a “Chinese dream” poster located on the street outside of a Pudong office building. In the video, Dong speaks out against one-party rule in China. “I oppose Xi Jinping’s autocratic rule and tyranny!” she shouts.
The 29-year-old also claims to have been under Chinese Communist Party “mind control” for the past year and asks for international organizations to investigate the issue. She then goes on to taunt the Chinese president, declaring, “Xi Jinping, I’m waiting here for you to catch me! I splashed ink onto your portrait in front of your property.”
Later that day, Dong posted a photo on Twitter of multiple officers standing outside of her door. She then disappeared, presumably into police custody. Her Twitter account was taken down, but later reappeared, though without the ink-splashing video or any subsequent posts.
Following Dong’s disappearance, her father, Dong Jianbiao, participated in Twitter and YouTube live-streams with Hua Yong, an artist and dissident who caught authorities attention last year by documenting the migrant eviction campaign in Beijing, calling for officials to explain what had become of his daughter. On July 13th, one of their live-streams was interrupted when police arrived at Hua’s residence in Yunnan province and took the pair away. Dong Jianbiao was then reportedly placed under house arrest.
— 华涌 (@HuaYong798) July 13, 2018
Citing local activists, Radio Free Asia reportedyesterday that Dong Yaoqiong has been taken back to her hometown of Zhuzhou in Hunan province and placed into the women’s ward of Zhuzhou No. 3 Hosptial as a psychiatric patient.
According to RFA, Dong Jianbiao was allowed to see his daughter, reporting back that she is “perfectly well” living in a “private room under 24-hour surveillance.” Dong insists that his daughter is not mentally ill, adding that his family has no history of mental illness.
It’s not clear under what grounds or diagnosis she is being held in a psychiatric ward. The Voice of America reports that authorities in both Shanghai and Zhuzhou have diagnosed her with an undisclosed mental illness.
Dong’s defacing of Xi’s portrait and her subsequent detainment led to a number of copycats also splashing ink on the face of China’s president and uploading photos of the damage onto Twitter.
— 中国访民互助联盟 (@5xyxh) July 7, 2018