China arrests man who planned Tiananmen protest: Wife

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 17:47

Beijing: Chinese authorities have arrested a man who planned to protest on the 24th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown on a charge of "inciting state subversion," his wife and an advocacy group said today.

Police in the eastern Chinese city of Suzhou detained Gu Yimin on June 1, and later sent a formal statement of arrest, his wife Xu Yan and US-based advocacy group Human Rights in China said.

"He just posted some pictures of June 4 online, and applied to the local government to hold a protest on June 4, he didn`t do anything else," she said, referring to the anniversary of the crackdown.

"If these two actions could constitute `inciting subversion of state power,` then this regime must be really fragile and easy to subvert," Human Rights in China quoted Xu as saying in a press release.

Charges of incitement to state subversion have previously been used to imprison political dissidents.

Gu`s lawyer Liu Weiguo said that local police did not allow him to meet with his client when he attempted to visit him at a detention centre last week.

Discussion of the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown, when army troops were sent to crush pro-democracy protests, leading to hundreds of deaths, remain tightly controlled by China`s ruling Communist party, which seeks to maintain its grip on power.
AFP



First Published: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 17:38

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