China silences tennis star accusing former party officials of sexual assault



Allegations of sexual assault by tennis star Peng Shuai against senior Chinese Communist Party officials have been removed from her social media by the Beijing government, Chinese feminist supporters say.

Peng claimed in China’s Weibo social media microblogging that former Deputy Prime Minister Zhang Gaoli had sexually assaulted her before he reluctantly agreed to continue his relationship with him.

The post was deleted within minutes.

State censors are currently scrubbing references to claims on China’s social media platform, described as China’s first #MeToo public accusation against senior Communist Party officials. screenshot Start the round, Washington post Report.

Currently, searching for Peng’s name and the word “tennis” is also blocked on social media platforms, and her account appears to be frozen. That is, no one can post a support message. Peng, 35, is said to have agreed to a relationship with Zhang in his mid-70s. His wife three years ago.

After the match, Peng wrote that Zhang pressured her to have sex. “I always cried that afternoon and never agreed,” she wrote. She then said she reluctantly agreed to have a relationship with him, but he insisted on keeping it secret. She posted her complaint online when he canceled his appointment to discuss the issue on Tuesday. “I know I can’t say it all clearly, and it doesn’t make sense to say it,” she wrote. “But I still want to say that.”

Peng was the number one doubles tennis player in China in 2014, winning Wimbledon in 2013 and winning the French Open in 2014 with Hsieh Su-wei from Taiwan. Zhang served as Deputy Prime Minister from 2013 to 2018.

Proponents of China’s oppressed feminist movement praised tennis stars for pushing the charges forward. Allegations of sexual misconduct are rare in China, and many whistleblowers have been punished for their previous appearances or accused of slander by the accused.

“I know you said you weren’t afraid because of someone prominent, Deputy Prime Minister Zhang Gaoli,” Penn wrote in a deleted post. NS New York Times.. “But I tell the truth about you, even if it’s just me, just as an egg hits a rock, a moth hits a flame, and courts for self-destruction.”

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