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Arrested NGO leader: Zhu Xiao mei
In 2014, Zhu Xiaomei was illegally dismissed when demanding for social security and pension fund in accordance with the law for the workers from her factory. Back then she worked at Guangzhou Panyu Guangzhou Hitachi Metals plant.
On 3 Dec, the police came to Zhu’s house with a search warrant. At the time, Zhu’s husband, the ten year old son and the year old daughter were there. Zhu’s husband cannot take care of the kids as he needs to go to work, but the police refused to let Zhu to take the youngest daughter, who still needs to be breastfed, with her. The one year old baby was passed between the father and the mother; at the end it was the ten year old brother who received the baby. Zhu was handcuffed in front of her kids.
After Zhu’s arrest, her daughter refused to take milk powder. The child has never left her mother; her fellow colleagues always see them together, the mother holding the child while working. On 4 December, her family members received the notice for criminal detention for Zhu’s charge on “mobbing and disrupting social order “; they then found out that Zhu was detained at Guangzhou First Detention Center. Zhu’s husband has requested to send the child to the Detention Center for the sake of breastfeeding. Until 6 December, 10pm, the permission was not given.
“As a working mother, I have to face a lot of challenges. I was more optimistic with these problems before joining the NGO sector. I aspire that with my hard work, I can overcome these problems! However, now I find It difficult, because I alone cannot achieve many things! But I will continue my hard work! I have left the factory that I have worked for 16 years, hoping to develop my own career. I hope that there would be equality, rule of law, freedom, kindness, at least equal education opportunity for every child!”