June 11, 2019
A top Chinese human rights lawyer has been attacked and threatenedimmediately after meeting with his client, the dissident Wang Mo, at adetention center in the eastern province of Jiangsu, RFA has learned.
Shanghai-based rights lawyer Peng Yonghe was beaten and threatened by a group of unidentified people at the gate of the Huai’an Detention Center in Jiangsu on Monday, after he went there to visit his client.
“I met with my client Wang Mo at the Huai’an District Detention Center in Huai’an city today,” Peng told RFA. “But the [detention center staff] forced me to terminate the meeting when it was only halfway through.”
Shortly afterwards, at around 11.00 a.m., Peng was surrounded by a group of men at the detention center gate.
“They threatened me, to make me withdraw from Wang’s case,” Peng said.”They asked to see my mobile phone. I told them I had shot video on myphone, and they stole it from me, and also beat me in the process.”