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Protest for Freedom “Remember Zhang Qing, Free Guo Feixiong”

Guo Feixiong in Beijing, before his arrest. Photo provided by Guozhen Xiao
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Washington, DC – China Aid Association and other like-minded organizations will host the “Protest for Freedom” on January 27 to call on the Chinese government to release Guo Feixiong, renowned human rights activist, and call for a boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympics. The protests will take place outside the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the U.S. at 3505 International Pl NW from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. 

Guo Feixiong’s wife, Zhang Qing, died of terminal illness on January 10, 2022. The Chinese government arrested Guo Feixiong, also known as Yang Maodong, as he attempted to visit his wife in January 2021. He was formally arrested on January 12, 2022, two days after Zhang’s death, barred from attending her funeral and unable to comfort his two grieving children. As to follow the theme of the event (“Remember Zhang Qing, Free Guo Feixiong”), a mock coffin will be carried during the demonstration. 

The 2022 Winter Olympics will begin in Beijing on February 4, despite the ongoing genocide of Uyghurs and other ethnic minority groups by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). 

“The Chinese Communist Party must immediately release Guo Feixiong to bury his wife and comfort his two surviving children,” Bob Fu said, founder and president of ChinaAid. “Their Communist regime continues to tear apart families, from the countless prisoners of conscience to the millions of Uyghurs in concentration camps. Citizens of the free world cannot stand for such atrocities.”  

Tiananmen Square protest leader and human rights activist Wang Dan will attend and speak at the event, joined by human rights “barefoot lawyer” Chen Guangcheng and U.S. Representative Chris Smith of New Jersey. Chen commented, “The various abuses of the Communist Party tramples on human rights and dignity. We must protest for the freedom of Guo Feixiong and boycott the Genocide Olympics.” Exiled leaders from the persecuted Tibetan and Uyghur communities and other prominent dissidents will also attend and speak at the rally. 

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