(David Tweed’s and Ben Sharples’s article appeared on Bloomberg, 6/16; via the Drudge Report.)

One of five Hong Kong booksellers held in China has become the first to speak up about his detention, breaking his silence to describe an ordeal that included a blindfolded cross-country train ride.

Lam Wing-kee was accosted by 11 people after he crossed the border into the southern city of Shenzhen in October, the visibly tired bookseller told a news conference Thursday, flanked by democratic party lawmaker Albert Ho Chun-yan. After getting stripped of personal documents, Lam was blind-folded and taken to the eastern city of Ningbo by train, he said in a subdued voice.

The bookseller hadn’t slept since his return to Hong Kong on Tuesday as he debated internally whether to tell all, Ho told reporters.


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