April 25, 2019
Chinese authorities have prevented another top human rights lawyer from leaving the country, as he tried to board a plane for the democratic island of Taiwan.
Cheng Hai was stopped by security guards at the Hefei XinqiaoInternational Airport in the eastern province of Anhui on Tuesday, as he went through security.
“Cheng Hai may endanger national security after leaving the country,” a security official says in a video of the incident filmed by Cheng.
“With the approval of the relevant department of the State Council, the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau is enforcing restrictions on your exit in accordance with the provisions of Article 12, Clause 5 of the Exit and Entry Administration Law of the People’s Republic of China,” the guard said.
In the video clip, Cheng argues with the guards.
“I tell you that you are committing a criminal act by preventing citizens from leaving the country, and abusing your power,” Cheng said. “You behave like a criminal gang, even though you are wearing police uniforms.”
Cheng had been hoping to fly from Hefei to Taipei, but declined tocomment on the reason for the trip.