Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

China frees 3 activists who probed Ivanka Trump supplier

China frees 3 activists who probed Ivanka Trump supplier

Three labor activists detained in China for investigating alleged violations at a factory that manufactured Ivanka Trump-branded shoes were released on bail Wednesday.

One of the activists, Hua Haifeng, was clearly relieved as he held his 3-year-old son outside the police station in Ganzhou, a city in southeastern Jiangxi province.

Ivanka Trump's prominence meant she should be able to check on her suppliers and influence them, Li Qiang, executive director of China Labor Watch, said in the statement. The factories produced Ivanka Trump shoes, among other brands.

The company has denied allegations of excessive overtime and low wages.

The detained activists were readying a report alleging low pay, excessive overtime and verbal abuse of employees at Huajian Group factories when they were detained, according to NBC Washington.

The Associated Press talked with three former workers at the plant who described how a worker was left "bleeding right from the middle of the head" after being repeatedly bludgeoned by the manager - and they said that beatings within the factory were "not unheard of". I'm happy to be out.

The activists' lawyers said their actions were not criminal and they hoped Chinese courts would conduct a fair trial, the US -based China Labor Watch said. The three were detained by police in late May.

The Huajian Group's shoe factories also supply products for other well-known companies including Nine West, Marc Fisher, and Easy Spirit.

Ivanka Trump likes to have it both ways: She's a political adviser who tries "to stay out of politics", a fashion designer who reportedly just rips off other designers and a first daughter whom her lusty dad treats more like first lady.

Calls by Reuters to Ganzhou police went unanswered, and a spokeswoman for the Ivanka brand declined to comment.

The detentions came as China has cracked down on perceived threats to the stability of its ruling Communist Party, particularly from sources with foreign ties such as China Labor Watch.

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