Online critic released from seventh detention in six years

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Wu Bin
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(Huzhou, Zhejiang—March 24, 2019) A man known for criticizing social issues online was released on from a 15-day detention period on Wednesday, the seventh time he has been detained since 2013.

Wu Bin, who is known online as Xiucaijianghu, was seized by Zhejiang police while he was in Chongqing on March 4. They then took him back to his hometown in Zhejiang and gave him a 15-day administrative detention sentence. Police inquired about posts he made on the Chinese social media platform WeChat, indicating that he was taken into custody for his words.

Since 2013, he has been taken into custody seven times. Twice, he was placed under criminal detention, and five times, he received administrative detention sentences.

Many of Wu’s online comments criticize social issues, and he has long-supported people imprisoned in China for their beliefs. Wu believes that his most recent detention occurred because of the Two Sessions, or China’s most major set of annual political meetings.

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