Chinese police detained one of the leading Marxist students, on the anniversary of the 125th birthday of the founder of modern China, Mao Zedong.
Qiu Zhanxuan, leader of the Marxist Society of Peking University, according to a witness, was taken by force just outside the university’s eastern gate by a group of men and got into a black car.
“I saw a black car parked in front of the entrance and seven or eight plainclothes men took him by the legs and arms and pushed him into the car,” said a student, who wanted to remain anonymous.
Qiu was on his way to a memorial on the anniversary of Mao’s birth, which he himself had organized.
“What’s wrong with remembering Chairman Mao? What law does it break? How can they publicly kidnap a Peking University student?” the witness added.
The Public Security Bureau did not respond to a request for comment.
Peking University, also known as Beida, is a university that also played a very important role in the 1989 movements.
Under Xi Jinping, campus activism has been increasingly marginalized with the Peking University in particular taking steps to strengthen Communist Party control.
Recently, students team up with labor activists to support factory workers has been dealt with harshly by Chinese authorities.
CHINA-UNDERGROUND. Matteo Damiani is an Italian sinologist, photographer, author and motion designer. Matteo lived and worked for ten years in China. Founder of CinaOggi.it and China-underground.com.