On September 5, supporters of two Canadians accused of espionage and detained in a Chinese prison for 1,000 days gathered to demand their release.
Businessman Michael Spavor and former diplomat Michael Cumming were detained in December 2018 when Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies, under a US arrest warrant.
Last month, a Chinese court sentenced Spavor to 11 years in prison for espionage. After closing a hearing in a British Columbia court last month, Meng is awaiting a verdict on her US extradition request.
Hundreds of people gathered in a park in Ottawa. Some of them wore white shirts with “March for the Michaels” and “7,000 steps for freedom” printed on them and held banners with “#bringthemhome”.
“Every day in the cell, Michael Cummingh takes 7,000 steps to maintain his physical and mental health. Michael Spavor uses yoga, meditation, and exercise to stay strong,” the families wrote on their Facebook page, asking for this Activity support.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called for an early election on September 20, and his main opponent, Conservative Party leader Erin O’Toole, called for a tougher attitude towards China.
“We have to deal with the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party because it is not what Mr. Trudeau hopes. He is always out of fashion in terms of our interests and values. So I said that Canada will once again become a leader in the field of human rights. Actor,” O’Toole told reporters in Vancouver on September 4.
On September 5, Trudeau was asked about his government’s criticism of not doing enough to release the two Michaels, saying, “We use all the tools we can use. Shouting.”
He said that in the past 1,000 days, the government has proposed various tools to pressure the Chinese government to repatriate the two people.
“We will not rest until the two Michaels are reunited with their families again,” he told reporters.
Canadian Foreign Minister Mark Garno, who participated in the rally, said in a statement that the years of these people and their families had been brutally stolen.
“This must stop. Mr. Cumming Kai and Mr. Spavor must go home,” the statement added.
The Epoch Times staff contributed to this report.
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