China Rounds Up Activists on Tiananmen Anniversary, Blocks Internet Usage

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2012 06 04T125058Z 1596693904 GM1E8641M6201 RTRMADP 3 CHINA TIANANMEN.JPG 300x212 China Rounds Up Activists on Tiananmen Anniversary, Blocks Internet UsageChinese authorities have rounded up hundreds of activists in the capital Beijing, rights campaigners and petitioners said Monday, as they marked the 23rd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown.

The detentions came as Washington angered Beijing by calling for all those still jailed over the demonstrations on June 4, 1989 — when hundreds, if not thousands, of protesters were shot and killed by soldiers — to be freed.

The anniversary of the brutal army action in the heart of Beijing is always hugely sensitive, but particularly so this year ahead of a once-a-decade handover of power marred by fierce in-fighting in the ruling Communist Party.

“They brought in a lot of buses and were rounding up petitioners at the Beijing South rail station on Saturday night,” Zhou Jinxia, a petitioner from northeast China’s Liaoning province, told AFP.

CONTINUED at Yahoo News.

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