Chinese authorities have reportedly taken the father of the missing woman who splashed ink on a poster of Xi Jinping while he was recording a live-stream video on YouTube on Friday night.
The man, identified as Dong Jianbiao, had been conducting a series of broadcasts with the help of artist Hua Yong last week in a bid to ask police where his missing daughter Dong Yaoqiong was being held. He was also seeking an explanation on what crime his daughter actually committed.
His daughter had posted a video of herself on social media in which she splashed ink on a photo of President Xi Jinping in a “Chinese dream” advert on Wednesday morning.
In a protest she live-streamed on her Twitter account @feefeefly, Yaoqiong claimed that she was being suppressed by the central government’s “brain control.”
“I oppose Xi Jinping’s tyranny,” she proclaimed in the clip recorded near the HNA Building in Shanghai. She also called upon international organizations to intervene and investigate the Communist Party’s suppression against her.
The woman then claimed in another stream that the police were already outside her door. Shortly after, her account was deleted, sparking fears that she had been taken by the authorities.
On Friday, Hua featured the live-stream video of the protester’s father. In the middle of the broadcast, men came knocking at the door, interrupting the video stream.
Based on the video obtained by the Hong Kong Free Press, it appeared that police officers wearing civilian clothes were trying to take Hua and Dong into custody.
Hua asked for a search warrant multiple times but the officers declined to respond. The video abruptly ended with the camera seemingly falling and fading to black as the men outside forcibly entered Hua’s residence.
Hua, who had been detained last year for documenting mass migrant evictions in Beijing, had expressed support for Dong on social media.
On Thursday, Hua posted a series of live interviews with Dong’s 61-year-old father who showed his ID card, household registration document, and family photos as proofs of identity.
The father, who works as a coal miner from Zhuzhou, Hunan, stated that he only found out that his daughter was in trouble when police officers spoke to him on Sunday.
“I said: ‘did something happen to my daughter?’ They said… your daughter [broke the law] by attacking state leaders. That’s what they said: attacking state leaders.”
The officers reportedly asked questions about his daughter’s educational background and employment history. When the father asked for any documentation for the arrest and requested to let him see his daughter, the officers declined.
“They didn’t tell me exactly what [her situation is] – just said she attacked state leaders.”
In a letter that he wrote to the police in Shanghai and his hometown, You County, the father made his plea: “Please tell me what law my daughter broke and where she is being held… if there are no procedures then it is a kidnapping carried out by bandits.”
Featured image via YouTube/华涌HuaYong