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China charges seven activists after Tiananmen memorial: Groups

Published on Jul 4, 2014 1:09 PM
 
Tourists gather to take photos at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on May 29, 2014. Chinese police have charged seven activists who held a ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, rights groups said on Friday. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese police have charged seven activists who held a ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, rights groups said on Friday.

The activists were formally accused on Thursday of "picking quarrels and provoking trouble" in the central province of Henan, the US-based group Chinese Human Rights Defenders said in a statement citing relatives.

Acquittals in Chinese courts are extremely rare and the offence carries a maximum term of five years in prison.

Chinese authorities strictly limit public discussion of the June 4, 1989 crackdown when soldiers killed hundreds, by some estimates more than 1,000, protesters who had called for political reforms. They detained dozens of activists ahead of this year's anniversary.

 
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