May 20, 2019
The wife of jailed human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang has set out onanother campaign to find her husband, starting on a Chinese lovers’festival, only to be shown video footage of Wang which she described as “very worrying.”
Li Wenzu met with authorities at the Linyi Prison in the eastern province of Shandong on Monday.
During the last of four conversations, she was shown a three-minute video of her husband–her first view of Wang since his detention nearly four years ago–which she said left her “stunned,” with her “heart bleeding.”
“I saw that Wang Quanzhang has obviously gotten much thinner and looksmuch older and greyer,” Li said in a statement via Twitter. “He seemed quite spaced out, and his responses were slow and hesitant.”
“When he speaks, his eyes flick from one place to another; when he finishes saying one thing, it takes him ages to stammer out the next sentences,” she said.
Li had continued to insist on a face-to-face meeting with Wang during four meetings with prison leaders, she said.
She said she had chosen the day for its significance for lovers, because “520” sounds similar to the Chinese for “I love you.”
“It’s May 20, 2019, and today is the 1,410th day that Wang Quanzhang has been missing,” Li told RFA. “It is also the first day of the second phase of our search for Wang Quanzhang.”