Vaccine Campaigner Detained on Tiananmen Square After Protest of ‘Despair’

Authorities in the Chinese capital detained the mother of a child left with severe health problems following a faulty vaccine after she ran towards the national flagpole in Tiananmen Square in a bid to self-harm in protest at the lack of redress.

Wang Jinfeng became a long-time petitioner for compensation and assistance from the government after her son developed the problems following vaccinations to prevent tuberculosis and hepatitis B in their home city of Yinchuan in the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.

Driven to despair at the sight of healthy, happy children playing on the square on Oct. 1, which marked the 69th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, Wang rushed towards the heavily guarded flagpole in the hope that the police would beat her up, she told RFA.

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