China detains prominent human rights activist, says advocacy group
BEIJING (AFP) - The Chinese police have detained a prominent human rights activist, signalling the continuation of a recent crackdown on dissent, an advocacy group said on Saturday.
The police in the southern city of Guangzhou arrested Mr Yang Maodong, an advocate for legal reform, on a charge of "assembling a crowd to disrupt order in a public place", United S-based group Chinese Human Rights Defenders said on a blog.
The group posted a photograph of a notification document for Mr Yang's arrest, apparently issued on August 8.
Mr Yang, known by the pen name Guo Feixiong, has campaigned for freedom of speech and aided villagers who accused local officials of corruption.