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Woman ‘disappears’ after political protest against Chinese President Xi Jinping

While China is re-inventing itself as a progressive nation and a global superpower, it’s worth remembering that the country still has an abysmal human rights record.

A powerful reminder of just how bad things can get in China was issued earlier this month when Dong Yaoqiong, a 29-year-old Shanghai resident, was reported missing following an act of protest against President Xi Jinping.

As far as protests go, it was pretty tame, with Dong taking to social media to express her disdain for her government’s “mind control persecution”.

“I oppose Xi Jinping and his authoritarian dictatorship,” she said before splashing ink on a poster of Xi.

“Friends, I have splashed ink on his photo,” she continued.

“Let’s see how he’s gonna deal with me.”

Again, as far as political protests go, it’s on the harmless end of the scale, however it appeared to have been taken as some sort of grave threat against Xi, with Dong later posting on her now-deleted social media account a picture – taken through her peephole – of what looked like police officers at her apartment door.

“Right now there are a group of people wearing uniforms outside my door. I’ll go out after I change my clothes,” she wrote.

“I did not commit a crime. The people and groups that hurt me are the ones who are guilty.”

That was the last anyone has heard from Dong, although the Communication Centre of Appealing has since claimed via Twitter that Dong is in custody.

“Miss Dong was taken to Beijing by the officers from Domestic Security Department (DSD) and has been questioned for three days,” the tweet read.

The fight has been taken up by Chinese artist Hua Yong, who himself was detained in late 2017 for filming the government’s forced eviction of thousands of its citizens.

“Just seeing this video in WeChat circle of friends, worried about this lady, worried about her safety,” Hua wrote.

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