April 12, 2018
The wife of “disappeared” human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang has been released from house arrest after growing pressure from overseas activists, she told RFA on Thursday.
Earlier this week, police in Beijing prevented Wang’s wife Li Wenzu from finishing her planned 120 kilometer (60-mile) trek from the capital to neighboring Tianjin to highlight Wang’s disappearance.
Li was confined to her home, while dozens of security guards, officials and state security police stood guard over the building, beating up friends and fellow activists who tried to visit her.
The surveillance detail decamped on Thursday, leaving her free to go out again, she said.
“I have been able to move around freely since this morning,” Li told RFA. “I have my freedom back, for now, anyway.”
She said a friend had already been to her home to visit her.
“She told me there wasn’t anyone watching me downstairs any more,” she said. “I want … to thank everyone for their concern over Wang Quanzhang’s situation, which I think has been enormously helpful.”
“They may have stopped us from continuing the march, but I haven’t decided what I am going to do next yet,” she said. “But I definitely won’t stop speaking out … for as long as Wang Quanzhang doesn’t come home and the authorities fail to deal with his case according to law.”