Wimbledon security stopped and workers wearing ‘Where is Peng Shuai’ T-shirts searched

A demonstrator is seen holding a tennis racket, asking “Where is Peng Shuai?” On 10 December 2021 in London, United Kingdom. Four workers “Where is Peng Shuai?” At Wimbledon on Monday, security personnel stopped the T-shirt and searched his bag.

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“Where’s Peng Shuai?” Security personnel at Wimbledon on Monday stopped four workers wearing T-shirts and searched their bags.

Peng is a retired professional tennis player from China who last year accused a former high-ranking member of the country’s ruling Communist Party of sexual harassment. he has made very few public appearances since.

a same thing happened For someone wearing a T-shirt supporting Peng at this year’s Australian Open. A spectator was removed from the field in Melbourne, but the tournament was later reversed his decision and allowed people to dress as long as they did not congregate in large groups or cause problems for other spectators.

Jason Leith of the Free Tibet organization said he and three of his colleagues were wearing white T-shirts after entering the grounds of the All England Club on Monday.

“We didn’t have these when we came in because we were worried about not going in. So we put them on and we were just walking around and some people wanted to take selfies with us, so we took pictures with people.” were.” Said Leith, who is British.

Security arrived a short time later when four men were walking under the big screen at the base of Heineman Hill, Leith said.

“(He) started asking, ‘Are you planning on making any direct protests? Are you planning on disrupting things?'” Leith said. “And then they asked, ‘Oh, do you mind coming here so we can search your bag?’

“Then they started going through our bags. I think they were looking for flags. They were looking for anything that could be opposed in some other form.”

Leith said the men were allowed to stay and wear shirts at the grass-court Grand Slam, but asked no other spectators to be contacted to talk about Peng.

“It’s a little weird. Why aren’t we allowed to talk to people?” Leith, head of income and engagement at Free Tibet.

Wimbledon organizers said activists are welcome to stay on site.

All England Club CEO Sally Bolton said on the first day of the tournament that a spectator with a shirt mentioning Peng would be allowed to participate.

“We have ground entry rules, and those ground entry rules are really focused on everyone’s quiet enjoyment of tennis,” Bolton said. “So it’s not about what people are wearing, it’s about the way people behave.”

Peng disappeared in public last year after accusing former Communist Party official Zhang Gaoli of sexual harassment. Her allegation was quickly taken off the Internet, and its discussion was heavily censored.

Peng won two Grand Slam women’s doubles titles in her career, including Wimbledon in 2013.

Women’s Professional Tennis Tour cancel your tournament in China Because of the situation around Peng.

Last year, Leith was arrested for obstructing the Olympic flame ceremony in Greece. The flame was heading towards China ahead of the Winter Olympics in Beijing this year.