The group consisted of petitioners, people who had filed complaints against the Chinese Communist Party. As they made their way to the embassy for an event on Human Rights Day, police stopped them on at a patrol point. They were taken to a nearby station and questioned.
According to Radio Free Asia, Wang Heying, one of the detained, said, “All petitioners have their ID cards marked with a special code, so they wouldn’t be allowed through if there was an ID check. All we did was to lodge a petition … and now we’re labeled as class enemies. I don’t get it.”
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