A woman who threw ink at an image of Chinese president Xi Jinping has disappeared, sparking concerns for her safety.
Dong Yaoqiong, 29, live-streamed herself throwing black ink over a photo of Xi in front of the Hainnan Airlines office in Shanghai’s Lujizui at about 6am on July 4, Taiwan News reported.
“Oppose Xi Jinping authoritarian tyranny!” she can be heard shouting in Chinese during her protest against the Chinese Communist Party.
She goads Xi Jinping to find her, while also calling for international organisations to protect her in the two-minute clip which quickly became viral on Twitter.
Later that day, she took to Twitter again saying uniformed men had arrived at her home, sharing an image of police officers through a peephole.
“There are a group of uniformed men were outside my door. I will change my clothes and go out shortly. I have committed no crime,” she tweeted.
Her Twitter account was deleted shortly after and her video of the inking incident was unavailable.
She had taken to Twitter a day earlier saying everyone should have “the right to be free from fear” and that she was being pursued by the Communist party for a while.
As concern grew online from social media users, Dong’s address and phone number were shared online. Calls to her phone went unanswered.
The Shanghai Public Security Bureau told Voice of America they were unaware of Dong’s disappearance.
Her disappearance led to her image being shared across social media by concerned users, calling for her not to be harmed or punished for her act.
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Several users also documented further inking incidents, including more images of Xi Jinping covered in ink and the gates of the Beijing Municipal High People’s Court also covered.
Users compared her act to the 1989 Mao portrait vandalism incident when three young protesters splashed eggs with ink on the painting of Mao Zedong in Tiananmen Square.
All three were handed lengthy prison sentences between 16 to 20 years.