China has appointed an official who turned outstanding throughout a 2011 clampdown on protesters in China as director of its new nationwide safety workplace in Hong Kong, the official Xinhua information company reported on Friday.
Zheng Yanxiong, 57, most lately served because the secretary-general of the Communist Party committee of Guangdong province, an financial powerhouse bordering Hong Kong.
The new safety company was established below nationwide safety laws that China imposed this week on Hong Kong that may punish crimes of secession, subversion, terrorism, and collusion with overseas forces with as much as life in jail, heralding a extra authoritarian period for China’s freest metropolis.
Zheng sparked controversy throughout an earlier posting because the celebration chief of the Guangdong metropolis of Shanwei over his stance in the direction of protesters within the village of Wukan.
The villagers had sought compensation for land requisitioned by the federal government and elected a committee to signify their rights. They additionally aired their grievances to overseas media.
Video clips that have been leaked from an inner authorities assembly on the time confirmed Zheng harshly criticising the villagers and calling overseas media “rotten”.
Zheng, who has by no means held a publish outdoors Guangdong, was vice minister in control of propaganda for the province from 2013 to 2018.
Li Jiangzhou and Sun Qingye have been appointed as Zheng’s deputies, Xinhua mentioned.
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