China Cracks Down on Dissent Ahead of Olympics – RFA

From RFA:

As the city gears up to host the Olympic Games in 2008, authorities in Beijing have detained a prominent civil rights activist on charges of “incitement to subvert state power” and have demolished the last of a shanty town housing people lodging complaints against the government.

Chinese rights activist Hu Jia, best known for his advocacy work on behalf of those living with HIV/AIDS, has been detained by national security police in Beijing on charges of “incitement to subvert state power,” a fellow activist said.

Hu was detained days after he told RFA’s Mandarin service that the government had intensified its crackdown on rights activists, and petitioners during 2007. [Full Text]

Read also China: More crackdowns in 2007 from RFA Unplugged.