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In a poem written in a detention center, activist Yang Zhangqing captures the drudgery of daily life without spoons or toilet paper

2 weeks ago
Sky Canaves
ang Zhanqing was detained in June 2015 on suspicion of "illegal business activities" and was released after 30 days without charges brought against him. At the detention center where he was held, he describes treatment that "can be explained only as an intentional reduction of people to animals, without dignity and without shame."
By Sky Canaves
Sky Canaves previously reported for The Wall Street Journal in Beijing and Hong Kong, where she covered media, culture, social issues, and legal affairs, and served as the founding editor and lead writer of the WSJ’s China Real Time site. Prior to becoming a journalist, Sky worked in the China corporate law practice of Baker & McKenzie, and she has also taught journalism and media law at the University of Hong Kong. She speaks Mandarin and has accumulated more than a decade's experience living, studying and working in China.