Influential Chinese dissident Xu Zhangrun was arrested in Beijing on Monday after publishing an article accusing the government of ill-treating the coronavirus pandemic and showing “systematic helplessness.”
Xu, a professor at Tsinghua University who is said to be associated with the Australian government, received his doctorate from the University of Melbourne in 2000. According to several activists, he was reportedly arrested at 10 a.m. local time after publishing several critical articles with Beijing.
The texts came to light in February and, as the government has indicated, are “provocative” and accuse the authorities of “watching happily” while “missing a fundamental opportunity to contain the virus”.
“The cause of all these lies has recently been thanks to President Xi Jinping and his fellow human beings,” he said in an article by the National University of Australia. As a result, it has accused the Chinese government of taking strict measures against disseminating “true” information and “knowingly” ignoring its responsibility in the corona virus crisis.