Catholic Writer, Activist Detained For ‘Inciting Secession’ in China’s Hebei — Radio Free Asia

Authorities in the northern Chinese province of Hebei have detained activist and writer Pang Jian on suspicion of “splitting the country.” Pang, 30, who writes under the pen-name Gao Yang, was detained by police in Hebei’s Gaobeidian city in January at his home in Pangcheng village. His detention came after he reported on forced demolitions and evictions in rural areas around Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei, his father Pang Jingxian told RFA in a recent interview. “They have been doing coronavirus testing around here lately, and he went to line up [to get tested],” Pang Jingxian said. “Somehow, I’m not sure exactly how, the police detained him while he was there.” “Then the police came and searched our home, looking through Pang Jian’s stuff,” he said. “They took it all away, and we didn’t hear anything for a while.” Later, police sent a notice of detention and a notice of formal arrest to Pang Jingxian, and were dated Jan. 15 and Jan. 28 respectively, Pang’s father said. “After they notified me, I went to visit him a few times, but we haven’t heard anything since then,” he said.

Catholic Writer, Activist Detained For ‘Inciting Secession’ in China’s Hebei — Radio Free Asia

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