Arrested: Chinese delivery activist

Arrested: Chinese delivery activist

A screenshot from a Delivery Alliance Leader video

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A Chinese delivery worker who has been vocal about the need for greater labor rights protections in the industry was detained by authorities on Feb. 25, Chinese news outlets report.

The detained worker has been in the delivery business since 2018. He regularly posts short videos on prominent platforms including Weibo, Bilibili and Douyin that document the harsh working conditions of fellow delivery workers. He also hosts over a dozen WeChat groups for thousands of workers. In 2019, the local police detained him for 26 days for organizing an unsuccessful strike, he told Chinese media Jizhou.

The anonymous delivery worker who uses the handle "The Leader of Delivery Rider Alliance (外送江湖骑士联盟盟主)" on social media was reportedly taken away by authorities in Beijing on Thursday night. An unnamed employee at, the Alibaba-owned food delivery app in China and the country's second largest, has confirmed the news to Chinese financial news outlet Lanjing. The reason for the arrest is unclear and there has been no official announcement.

In a February video watched over a million times across platforms, the "alliance Leader" exposed the delivery app for deceptive holiday overtime bonus plans. has since apologized publicly and modified its bonus policies.


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Donna Goodison

Donna Goodison (@dgoodison) is Protocol's senior reporter focusing on enterprise infrastructure technology, from the 'Big 3' cloud computing providers to data centers. She previously covered the public cloud at CRN after 15 years as a business reporter for the Boston Herald. Based in Massachusetts, she also has worked as a Boston Globe freelancer, business reporter at the Boston Business Journal and real estate reporter at Banker & Tradesman after toiling at weekly newspapers.

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