Sep 05, 2021

By Jeremy Logan

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As Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor mark one-thousand days in separate Chinese prisons, their supporters are taking to the streets of Ottawa on Sunday to push for their freedom.

The Canadians known as the “two Michaels” were detained in apparent retaliation for the arrest of Chinese high-tech executive Meng Wanzhou on a U.S. extradition warrant in 2018.

Spavor and Kovrig have both been convicted of spying in closed Chinese courts – a process that Canada and dozens of allies say amounts to arbitrary detention on bogus charges.

The men’s relatives and supporters are pushing for some sort of political resolution that could bring them home.

And they’re taking to the streets to make their point.

The march in Ottawa from Windsor Park to Major’s Hill Park represents the seven thousand steps that Kovrig has tried to walk every day in his cramped jail cell to maintain his physical and mental well-being.

China’s ambassador to Canada Cong Peiwu says the marchers and others are harming relations between the two countries by hyping the thousand-day milestone with unwarranted accusations against his government.

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