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China detains rights lawyer ahead of Tiananmen anniversary

Published on May 16, 2014 3:32 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese police on Friday detained a prominent rights lawyer, his wife said, the latest of around 20 activists held on criminal charges ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown.

China's ruling Communist Party forbids virtually all public discussion of the Tiananmen Square demonstrations, which were crushed on June 4, 1989 when soldiers killed hundreds of pro-democracy protestors.

Mr Tang Jingling, an attorney who has represented uncompensated victims of land grabs and imprisoned rights defenders, was taken in on a charge of "causing a disturbance," his wife Wan Yangfang said.

Police have detained at least 19 other prominent liberal academics, lawyers and activists in the past month, according to the US-based group Human Rights in China.

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