Ottawa-On Sunday, hundreds of supporters of two Canadian men were detained for what Ottawa said were specious allegations. They marched 7,000 steps in the Canadian capital to commemorate the first time they were detained “unjustly” in China. 1000 days.
Similar events in support of Michael Spavor and Michael Cumming have been held in cities such as Brussels, New York, Washington, Seoul, and Singapore in other parts of Canada and around the world.
“These are unjust detentions,” Kovrig’s wife Vina Nadjibulla told AFP.
“These marches are in solidarity with our Michael, they are to respect their strength and resilience, and call for action to finally break the deadlock, take them home and do everything possible to end this injustice,” Najibullah began. When talking about the rally.
The two men were arrested in December 2018 and charged with espionage, which Ottawa said was retaliation for the US arrest warrant of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.
It is expected that the next few months will decide whether to send Meng to the United States to face allegations of fraud related to the Chinese technology giant’s alleged violation of Iran’s sanctions.
The businessman and former diplomat, Kang Mingkai, was tried in March. At the beginning of the final debate on Meng’s extradition trial last month, Spavor was sentenced to 11 years in prison. No decision has been announced in Kovrig’s case.
The seemingly tit-for-tat arrests put the relationship between Ottawa and Beijing into a deep freeze. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the accusations against the Michaels “fabricated.”
On Sunday, US Secretary of State Anthony Brinken condemned China’s so-called “arbitrary detention.”
“We stand shoulder to shoulder with Canada and the international community and call on China to immediately and unconditionally release Michael Spavor and Michael Cumming Kai,” Brinken said in a statement, referring to the People’s Republic of China.
“A difficult milestone”
Canadian Foreign Minister Mark Gano and several opposition lawmakers and the U.S. Ambassador to Ottawa attended the Ottawa rally.
“This is a difficult milestone,” Najibullah said to the crowd, holding back tears. “1000 days have passed-heartbreak, pain, injustice are real. The weight, I feel it, and we all feel it.”
She said that her husband described his ordeal in a letter from the prison and added: “One thing he does in a small cell without windows every day is to walk 7,000 steps.”
“He walked in circles, walked 7000 steps, often holding a book, reading, reciting songs, praying-five kilometers of courage and contemplation. Today, he will not be alone. We will accompany him, all of us,” she says.
“He knew this was happening,” she added. “He knew we were with him. This gave him strength.”
Michael Spavor’s brother Paul told reporters that his brother “spent a lot of time reading, meditating, and doing yoga.”
“A thousand days is long,” he said. “Today is just another day, but another day has passed. Our Michaels did not come back with us.”