China activist unreachable after announcing fast – Benjamin Kang Lim

From Reuters, via the Washington Post:

A Chinese civil rights campaigner who was assaulted by thugs this week was unreachable and appeared to have gone missing on Wednesday after announcing plans to stage a hunger strike outside Beijing’s leadership compound.

Yang Maodong’s activism set him on a collision course with the Communist Party, which has tightened its grip on power and intensified crackdowns on rights campaigners, lawyers, journalists and academics.

Yang, who goes by the pen name of , did not tell his closest friends beforehand of his plans to begin a two-day hunger strike outside the front door of the Zhongnanhai leadership compound on Wednesday, AIDS activist Hu Jia said by telephone.

See also “China activist beaten, supporters on hunger strike” from Reuters.

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