Mystery of the death of two Chinese activists in a car accident before protesting Beijing in New Zealand
Mystery surrounding the death of two “hugely influential” activists who died in a car crash on the road to protest Chinese influence in New Zealand politics
- Yuezhong Wang and Weiguo Xi died on a stack of three cars in Tokoroa on Tuesday
- The men went to parliament to protest China’s influence on New Zealand
- The New Zealand Chinese community has speculated whether they were targeted
Two prominent figures in the Sino-New Zealand community have been killed in a three-car abomination in Tokoroa.
Auckland men Yuezhong Wang and Weiguo Xi died on Tuesday in the crash on State Highway 1 at Galaxy Road in Tokoroa.
The men are described as ‘hugely influential’ members of the New Zealand Chinese community and were on their way to petition parliament for the influence of the Chinese Communist Party when the accident occurred.
Members of the Chinese community in New Zealand have speculated whether the couple was the victim of a sabotage attack.
Three others were seriously injured in the accident, including another influential figure, Yu Hongming, who drove the same car as the deceased and a mother and daughter from another vehicle.
All three are recovering at Waikato Hospital, with Hongming in intensive care.
Canterbury University professor and close friend of the late Anne-Marie Brady said Stuff she was afraid there was a motive behind the tragedy.
Yuezhong Wang and Weiguo Xi died on Tuesday in a stack of three cars in Tokoroa (crash site shown)
“These people are so important and so brave – they speak for the quiet majority and the Chinese community in New Zealand,” she said.
“They feel very unsafe and are afraid it could be more than just an accident. I asked the police to see if there was any sabotage. ‘
Xi chaired the New Zealand branch of the Federation for Democratic China, while Wang was a member of the Independent Chinese Pen Writers’ Association.
Dr. Brady made a request to the Justice Commission discussing the possibility of Chinese political interference on Thursday in New Zealand.
She said the debate over whether the activists were targeted highlighted the degree of fear in the New Zealand Chinese community.
“Or there is [sabotage] or not, the fact that that was an immediate response from the people in that community shows how vulnerable they feel, how unsafe they feel, ”said Dr. Brady.
The police assessment of the crash site revealed that a vehicle facing north had seen a vehicle facing south after crossing the centerline for a third vehicle head-on collision.
An investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of the accident.