Chinese women activists hailed former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton for condemning the detention of five women campaigning against sexual harassment and domestic violence in China.
“As one of our members said, ‘[Clinton] should say something or she should stop calling herself a feminist’,” a fellow campaigner of the imprisoned activists told NBC News on Thursday. “I feel a strong power now inspiring us to move on, her words are really important for us.”
On Monday, the likely 2016 US presidential candidate called the detentions “inexcusable” in a tweet.
Li Tingting, 25, Wu Rongrong, 30, Zheng Churan, 25, Wei Tingting, 26, and Wang Man, 33, are members of the China Feminist Action League who were arrested on March 6, two days before International Women’s Day.
Police on Wednesday recommended that charges be filed against the five activists, who had been planning national campaigns against sexual harassment and domestic violence.
Wei Zhili, the boyfriend of Zheng Churan, told NBC News that the charges of “disturbing order” against the five women had been submitted to the prosecutor’s office.
“It’s really a hard time for us these days,” Wei was quoted as saying.
The government-backed Global Times newspaper on Thursday assailed Clinton for her message of support for the jailed activists.
In an editorial entitled, “Defending women’s rights is no excuse to hold street protests at will”, the newspaper said Clinton’s tweet was “a typical Western intervention” and accused her and Western countries of “trying to make the case political.”
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