A Chinese activist has been arrested after posting pictures of Hong Kong’s Occupy Central protests on social media. China has censored the Hong Kong protests since it started.
Wang Long has been held in custody in Longgang district for “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”, according to his former lawyer Fan Biaowen who told the South China Morning Post.
“They [police] told me it [detention] was due to his posting about the demonstration in Hong Kong and his previous engagement in activism,” he elaborated.
Wang had re-posted at least six photos on China’s social media Weibo showing pro-democracy supporters and students protesting in Hong Kong, according to freeweibo.com.
Fan’s law firm had come under pressure from the authorities not to represent Wang in this case. But Fan added that at least two other lawyers have offered to help.
According to Radio Free Asia web site, at least 20 people have been detained by police in a number of mainland Chinese cities after they posted photographs of themselves with shaved heads as a message of support for the Hong Kong protests
Mainland internet users cannot access foreign social media and news websites since the start of the protests in Hong Kong. Anything relating to the protests in Hong Kong is censored on websites and all media platforms in China.