Watch kept on leading dissidents
AINLAND authorities have kept a watchful eye on the dissident
community, forcing them to cancel commemorative activities while
police detained seven more activists.
The seven were detained yesterday and on Thursday night, following a
nationwide crackdown on dissidents in the past month. The Information
Centre of Human Rights & Democratic Movement in China said that up
until yesterday police had detained at least 130 people nationwide.
Of those, 42 were still in police custody.
A Christian was taken away in Beijing yesterday morning when he was
about to go to church to pray for victims killed in the crackdown, the
One dissident in the northern province of Shanxi, three in the
northeastern province of Liaoning and two in Jilin in the same region
were taken away on Thursday night.
Twenty-seven former student leaders, including Wang Dan and Wu'er
Kaixi, issued a statement condemning the atrocities committed by
Beijing in the Tiananmen crackdown, the centre said.
Under mounting pressure from the authorities, dissidents were forced
to cancel their public memorial gathering and mourn the victims of the
June 4 massacre in private, said spokesmen.
In the northwest province of Shanxi, 90 dissidents had planned to hold
a candlelight vigil on the night of 3 June. But the move was foiled by
local police in advance.
"We had planned to apply to the police authorities to hold a
candlelight vigil on the night of 3 June, but they not only rejected
the application but also put key people under house arrest or sent
them to remote counties," dissident Lin Mu told the Hong Kong
One of the organisers, Ma Xiaoming, has been sent to a remote county
in the northwest Shanxi province and his whereabouts were as yet
unknown, said Mr Lin.
Mr Lin, former secretary of the ousted party chief Hu Yaobang, became
a dissident after the June 4 crackdown.
"I tried to call the victims' families in Beijing to express my
condolences yesterday, but found all their telephones were
disconnected," he said.
What he could do was wear black clothes and stay up late on the
anniversary day to mourn the victims of the crackdown.
In the eastern city of Hanzhou, the wife of opposition party founder
Wang Youcai said she would stay at home after being barred from
attending a public gathering mourning the victims of the massacre in a
park on Thursday.
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