SOURCE: The Telegraph
China appears to be accelerating a nationwide campaign to silence outspoken opponents as the 25th anniversary of Beijing’s 1989 crackdown on protesters in Tiananmen Square approaches.
Two prominent activists in the eastern city of Hangzhou have been taken into police custody since Friday for attempting to draw attention to the military crackdown on June 4, 1989 during which more than 200 protesters are believed to have died.
Xu Guang, a 45-year-old pro-democracy activist, was arrested in Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province, last Friday on charges of “subversion”, said Chen Shuqing, a writer and activist who is his friend.
Mr Xu, a student leader during the 1989 protests who holds annual hunger strikes to commemorate the Tiananmen killings, recently used Weixin, a Chinese messaging service, to tell friends and fellow activists about plans for a similar protest this year.
“Every year he holds a hunger strike around the June 4th anniversary and this year he mentioned on Weixin that he was going to hold one and asked if any friends would join him. That is why the local government is really upset,” said Mr Chen.
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