Ex-student leader held for
move on June 4 crackdown
a staff reporter
POLICE in Guangzhou have formally arrested Yang Tao, a former student
leader at the Tiananmen protests 10 years ago, after he planned to
commemorate the 10th anniversary of the June 4 crackdown, a Hong
Kong-based rights group said.
Yang's arrest is one of the latest moves in rounding up dissidents in
the run up to the sensitive anniversary.
Yang, 29, one of the 21 student leaders wanted by the authorities
right after the June 4 crackdown in 1989, was formally placed under
arrest on Wednesday, two weeks after being detained for questioning,
by police in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province, the Information
Centre of Human Rights and Democratic Movement in China said.
In the mainland's judiciary practice, the announcement of "formal
arrest" of a suspect meant he would soon be brought to the court
facing criminal charges.
Yang joined the campaign launched by best-known Tiananmen student
leader Wang Dan to recruit signatures of Chinese all over the world
demanding Beijing's rehabilitation of the pro-democracy demonstrations
10 years ago.
He took the responsibility of collecting signatures on the mainland,
Yang's family was informed of his arrest but it was not clear on what
charges he was arrested as the authorities were yet to deliver a
Yang figured in 11th place on the wanted list of 21 student leaders
issued following the Tiananmen crackdown on June 4 1989.
He served a one-year prison sentence for "instigating a
counter-revolutionary rebellion", the official term given to
Despite police anxiety, 50 dissidents in Hangzhou in eastern China on
Wednesday made an official demand to be allowed to commemorate the
10th anniversary of the crackdown.
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