China Police Detain Dissident, Family Says – Reuters

From Reuters via the New York Times:

Chinese police detained prominent dissident Hu Jia on Thursday morning, his family said, adding to the list of human rights activists held or harassed by the country’s dissent-wary government.

Hu was taken away by plain-clothes police early in the morning, his wife Zeng Jinyan told Reuters. She said it was unclear how long he would be held. “They wanted to enter the home, but I refused to let them in,” she said.

A Buddhist, Hu has also supported dialogue with exiled Tibetans, and most recently protested the treatment of other rights activists, including Gao Zhisheng, a combative lawyer who was detained in August, and Chen Guangcheng, a blind rural campaigner sentenced to over four years in jail. [Full Text]

Also see IHT’s When activists fall foul of China’s police state by Zeng Jinyan, ’s wife

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