It was the first time Bai Dongping, 47, had ever been arrested though he was taken out of Beijing “on holiday” by police or told to stay inside his home during high-profile events such as the Olympics, said his wife, Yang Dan, said by telephone Tuesday.
Bai was taken away Saturday, Yang said, and Beijing police called her Sunday to tell her why. China often uses the vaguely worded charge of subversion to lock up activists who are seen as troublemakers.
“I’m really scared. That’s such a strong charge. It’s the first time I’d ever heard of such a thing,” Yang said.