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India denies visa to Tiananmen activist Lu Jinghua, Hong Kong's Ray Wang

AGE CORRESPONDENT
Published : Apr 28, 2016, 4:07 pm IST
Updated : Apr 28, 2016, 4:07 pm IST

Jinghua was about to board a flight from New York when she was told her visa was cancelled despite an email confirmation.

Tiananmen Square activist Lu Jinguha (Photo: Twitter)
 Tiananmen Square activist Lu Jinguha (Photo: Twitter)

Jinghua was about to board a flight from New York when she was told her visa was cancelled despite an email confirmation.

Days after denying visa to Uyghur activist Dolkun Isa, India has barred two other activists — Lu Jinghua and Ray Wang – from attending a conference in Dharmashala.

Jinghua, a well-known Tiananmen Square activist, and Ray Wong, an activist based in Hong Kong, was scheduled to attend the April 28 to May 1 meeting of dissidents and exiles in Himachal Pradesh.

Read: India cancels visa of Chinese dissident Dolkun Isa

According to reports, Lu, who is an American citizen, said she had received an email confirmation of her visa. However, while trying to board an Air India flight to Dharamsala from New York, she was told her visa had been cancelled. She claimed she was not informed about any such step.

Read: Caving in on visa sends bad signal

Similarly, Dolkun Isa, an exiled Uyghur-Chinese leader, said he was denied the permit for the same event, earlier this week. Isa had said he received an email stating that his visa had been cancelled. After India decided to allow him to attend the conference, China reacted sharply saying that Dolkun was a terrorist tagged with a red notice by Interpol and the Chinese police.

Read: India issues visa to Uyghur 'terrorist' Dolkun Isa, China fumes

The three denials have raised questions about whether India is bowing down to Chinese pressure to suppress dissenting voices.

Location: India, Delhi, New Delhi