It has been the third day since the labour activists, who work in Guangdong Province, were summoned and detained by the Chinese authorities on 3rd December. The crackdown has aroused media attention in China and overseas. In China, mass media outlets including CAIJING.com.cn (Cai Jing Wang) have reported the incident. In Hong Kong, both Ming Pao and Apple Daily have reported and commented on the arrests. They are also covered by foreign media outlets such as the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Organisations in Hong Kong and abroad are planning to wage a campaign in support of the detained labour activists, as well as to pressurize the Chinese government.
Three Chinese labour activists – Zeng Fei-yang, He Xiao-bo and Zhu Xiao-mei – are still being detained, and four other labour activists still cannot be reached. Friends of theirs have attempted to fish for information about Deng Xiao-ming and Peng Jia-yong, both of whom work for Guangzhou Haige Labour Service (aka Guang Zhou Shi Hai Ge Lao Gong Fu Wu Bu) and “disappeared” on 3rd December, at the Panyu District Fuhua Police Station.The police said that notifications had been sent to the correspondnce address of their household registration respectively, and they would not disclose any other information. All five of the detainees face situations as such. We expect to hear about similar circumstances from more labour activists.