Hunan labour rights activist He Zhao Hui went missing immediately after Li Peng’s death

He Zhao Hui (left)

He Zhao Hui (aka ‘Chutian Nanyan'), former leader of Workers' Autonomous Federation and a citizen from Chenzhou, Hunan Province, went missing on July 29. According to the sources,  He Zhao Hui went to a meal in town with friends on July 24, during which they took photos with a portrait of Li Peng, the butcher of June 4th. Later, four of his friends who were at the meal were invited to ‘drink tea’ (a slang commonly understood as being taken to a meeting with police). 

He Zhao Hui was Li Wangyang’s comrades and fellow prisoner. In 1989, he was a worker at Chenzhou Railway Station and became the vice-chairman of Hunan Workers' Autonomous Federation. He Zhao Hui launched a railway workers’ strike and was sentenced to four years for ‘traffic disruption’. After his release in 1993, he continuously engages in democratic movements and provides information to overseas human rights NGOs. In 1998, he was sentenced to ten years in prison for 'illegally providing information to foreign entities’.

He Zhao Hui follows especially the laid-off workers and the situation they faced. Between 1997 and 1998, he organised around ten workers’ protests in Chenzhou. Among them, 'Zi River alabandite workers’ strike’ and Chenzhou tricycle workers’ march’ are particularly influential.