Veteran democracy activist Wei Jingsheng and fellow Chinese dissidents and journalists demonstrate outside Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Office, July 10, 2017 As China’s vice minister of public security Meng Hongwei takes the presidency of international police organization Interpol, which issued a “red notice” for wanted billionaire Guo Wengui earlier this year, dissidents in exile have voiced fears that they could be next in line. Earlier this month in Germany, veteran democracy activist Wei Jingsheng and fellow Chinese dissidents and journalists demonstrated outside Germany’s federal police bureau over concerns that Interpol will be coopted by authorities member states to pursue peaceful activists. “Who are the biggest criminals in the world?” Qian Yuejun, chief editor of the Chinese newspaper Europe China Guidance, said in a short speech at the rally outside Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Office. “They are the people who take away other people’s human rights.” “There are a number of authoritarian states, authoritarian regimes, that are members of Interpol, and they are now using Interpol to pursue people who challenge their power,” Qian said.
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