Chinese Political Refugee on Hunger Strike in Thai Immigration Detention Center

A Chinese political refugee detained last month by police in Thailand has begun a hunger strike in an immigration detention center in the hope of staving off her forced repatriation.

Wu Yuhua, who is also known by her nickname Ai Wu, was detained by police in Bangkok alongside her husband Yang Chong on Aug. 29 and locked up in an immigration detention center.

“There is no way to resist; no dignity,” Ai Wu said in a video statement smuggled out of the detention center. “That’s why I have decided to go on hunger strike to protest my detention and the decisions by the police, I who am an innocent refugee.”

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