A young Chinese dissident landed in Turkey on Thursday evening, after being held for nearly two months in the United Arab Emirates.
Wang Jingyu, a 19-year-old man on the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) wanted list, told The Epoch Times in an interview on May 27, that he was dumped aboard a flight in the morning with nothing but a one-way ticket, a passport, and a phone.
Several strangers brought him to a car, handcuffed and covering his face with black cloth from an isolated cell in Dubai in the morning, he told The Epoch Times on the phone. No one talked to him until he arrived at the airport in Dubai.
Unable to provide notice to the Turkish airport before arrival, Wang was fined for breaking Turkey’s COVID-19 international travel rules. However, he remained optimistic, telling The Epoch Times that he would be able to travel to New York soon.
Dubai police refused to release him, although the local court granted him bail on April 19. Wang said Chinese embassy staff contacted him at least three times, attempting to persuade him to sign a document agreeing to be deported back to China.
He said Dubai police also tried to get him to sign a document in Arabic on two occasions early in May, but he also refused, saying he couldn’t understand its contents.
“This is 100 percent linked to the Chinese Communist Party,” he said in the May 20 interview, after being held for over a month.
“Why did you announce the death toll so late? What on earth are you are hiding?” Wang wrote on Chinese social media Weibo two days after Beijing’s announcement on Feb. 21.
Wang has been in Istanbul since July 2019. Despite having a local phone number, he received text messages from strangers intimidating him. He also received threatening calls at his hotel. Fearing for his safety, he booked a flight to New York, but was arrested at Dubai International Airport, he said.
The publicity of his situation has helped him regain freedom, he told The Epoch Times on Thursday when he was at the airport in Turkey, and a night before, he was transferred to an empty cell with handcuffs and shackles.
“The detainment changes my view of the CCP,” he said in the latest tweet on Saturday.
“I used to call it an evil party,” he continued. “It is not a party. The CCP is a global terrorist organization, with the apparatus of the state.”