authorities in Beijing have taken measures to ensure
students do not get involved in any activities marking the 10th
anniversary of June 4.
They have banned students from taking leave over the next few days, a
move aimed at keeping all students on campus, the Hong Kong Standard
Heads of department and faculty were also made responsible for
ensuring their students do not take to streets for whatever reasons.
Besides restricting all rights and democracy activists in other places
from travelling to Beijing, the authorities have been closely
monitoring dissidents in the capital over recent days.
"In other places, dissidents could file their application for some
memorial functions. In Beijing, such a move is absolutely
impossible," Ren Wanding said yesterday.
Ren, a veteran democracy campaigner since the Democracy Wall in 1976,
said he has been under house arrest since last week and would not be
allowed to go out freely until Thursday 10 June.
Even victims of the June 4 crackdown and their families have been
placed under tight surveillance across the country.
Fang Zheng, who lost both his legs in the bloody crackdown, was banned
from returning to his home in Anhui province during the sensitive
period, according to family members.
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