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China’s Labor Activists ‘Hold Fast to Freedom’

Expand Cartoon drawn by Wei Zhili’s wife, Zheng Churan, and the couples’ friends. © Zheng Churan “The whole world is waiting for you to come back. ‘Hold fast to freedom in the wind and rain,’” wrote Zheng Churan in a postcard to her husband, Wei Zhili, a labor activist detained in March by authorities in the city of Shenzhen, southeast China.   “Hold fast to freedom in the wind and rain” are lyrics from “Glorious Days,” a rock song by the Hong Kong band Beyond that has become an anthem of sorts for political protests in the region. The phrase accurately describes the state of human rights…

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