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China's President Xi chooses repression over reform, says Amnesty

Published on May 27, 2014 9:30 PM
 
China's President Xi Jinping stands next to a Chinese national flag during a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov 13, 2013. Chinese President Xi Jinping has chosen "repression over reform" as clampdowns precede the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, the head of Amnesty International said on Tuesday, May 27, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

HONG KONG (AFP) - Chinese President Xi Jinping has chosen "repression over reform" as clampdowns precede the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, the head of Amnesty International said on Tuesday.

China still forbids public discussion of the events on June 3-4, 1989, when the military brutally suppressed pro-democracy protesters in central Beijing.

Chinese police earlier this month detained prominent rights lawyer, Tang Jingling, the latest of around 20 activists held on criminal charges before the anniversary.

"When President Xi came to power, we heard that there was going to be greater openness," Amnesty International secretary general Salil Shetty told AFP in an interview.

 
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