The Associated Press reported on July 4 that four campaigners have drawn attention at the Wimbledon tennis tournament with their T-shirts, which reads “Where is Peng Shuai?”. The group is led by Jason Leith from the Free Tibet organization.

The incident once again recalls the sexual assault scandal involving the former high-ranking Chinese leader.

Leith said, “We didn’t have these on when we came in because we worried about not being let in.” The four campaigners put on the T-shirts shortly after the grounds of the All England Club.

Leith added that they were just walking around and a few people wanted to take pictures with them.

However, security approached the four men when they were walking under the big screen at the base of Henman Hill.

The security asked them, “Are you planning to do any direct protesting? Are you planning on disrupting things?” The security then requested a quick bag-check.

Leith said, “I guess they were looking for flags. They were looking for anything that might be used in any other form of protest.”

Afterward, the four were allowed to stay on the field but were asked not to touch any other spectators to talk about Peng Shuai.

Leith said, “That’s a bit strange, Why aren’t we allowed to talk to people? ” 

The incident once again recalls the sexual assault scandal involving the former high-ranking Chinese leader.

Peng Shuai is a Chinese female professional tennis player who has won two women’s doubles Grand Slam titles, including the 2013 Wimbledon title.

Last year, Peng disappeared from the public eye after accusing former Chinese official Zhang Gaoli of sexual assault. Her accusation was quickly removed from the Internet, and discussion of it remains under intense scrutiny.

The World Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) has announced the suspension of all tournaments in China because of the situation surrounding Peng.

Earlier this year, many people wore T-shirts with the same slogan at the Australian Open in Melbourne in support of Peng Shuai, and one person was taken away from the audience.

However, the Australian Open has since reversed its decision to allow people to wear such T-shirts, as long as they do not gather in crowds to disrupt other spectators.

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