China holds writer’s siblings, demands retraction of column

(From AP)

A Chinese dissident writer said Monday that police in his home town are holding three of his siblings in retaliation for an article he wrote condemning the detention of a fellow writer suspected of involvement in the posting of an anonymous letter online calling for Chinese president’s resignation.

Zhang Ping

Zhang Ping

Zhang Ping, better known by his pen-name Chang Ping, said by phone from his home in Germany that his two younger brothers and a younger sister were detained after they returned to the south-western town of Duofu to celebrate their father’s birthday.

Zhang said police were demanding that he cease his political writing and give up his column on the website of German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle. He said police also told family members that they want him to remove his article about the writer from social media sites where he posted it.

Asked by phone about Zhang’s siblings, Duofu police said they are holding several people on suspicion of an arson attack committed during a homecoming visit but refused to give details. Zhang said he understood police were using the arson claim as a pretext to hold his brothers and sister. Read More

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