By Wong Sui-san/Sing Man/Geo Feng/Gu Jirou, Radio Free Asia, September 2019

A rights activist who called publicly for the resignation of Chinese president Xi Jinping has died in a police-run detention center in the central province of Hunan, rights groups said.

Wang Meiyu’s widow received notification of her husband’s death in the Hengyang Detention Center on Monday.

Wang, 38, was detained two months ago after holding up a placard in public calling on President Xi to step down, and for democratic elections in China.

“Wang Meiyu died in the detention center,” his mother, who declined to give her name, told RFA. “Wang Meiyu was only 38 years old. His father passed away 20 years ago, and now my only child is dead too.”

Wang’s widow Cao Shuxia said Wang was initially detained on July 8, and had been in normal health when his detention began

Then, he was reported as having died suddenly in a military hospital. Cao said Wang’s body was “unrecognizable” when she went to identify it.

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