A Chinese tennis star made a rare accusation against a deputy prime minister who was one of the party’s leaders, and the accusation remained circulating on the internet despite censorship.
Peng, 35, pleaded guilty to messaging at Weibo. In his message, he recounted how he had an irregularly continued relationship with Zhang Gaol, 75. However, the relationship was preceded by sexual abuse.
According to Peng, Zhang attacked him when he was invited to play tennis with Zhang and his wife.
“I didn’t agree to it that day, I cried all the time,” Peng wrote.
Zhang was a member of the Chinese Communist Party from 2012 to 2017.
Peng’s message was removed from Weibo in minutes. Searches by his name and the word tennis had been blocked by the search service, indicating the sensitivity of the authorities to the allegations made against the country’s party leadership.
However, screenshots of Peng’s message were shared on the country’s internet. It shows how much the rare accusation interested people.
“Censorship doesn’t work,” the activist told the New York Times.
“This is shocking news,” the author said in turn Leta Hong Fincher To the Washington Post.
Hong Fincher has written the Betraying Big Brother book on feminism in China.
“It is precisely because of this that the feminist movement is seen as a threat to the Communist Party.”
The Chinese meto-movement, according to the Washington Post, has faced many obstacles since the arrest of feminist activists.
At its best, Peng was number one on the four-game world list and No. 14 on the world list in doubles.
He became one of the few athletes to break away from the country’s sports system, where he has to practice with state coaches and hand over most of the rewards to the state.
Peng has not been reached to comment on his accusation.
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