Friday, July 18, 2008

Arrest of Chinese internet dissident Huang Qi...

 A Chinese dissident who wrote politically sensitive articles including some criticizing the government's handling of a devastating earthquake was formally arrested Friday on charges of allegedly possessing state secrets, a human rights group said.

Prosecutors in the southwestern city of Chengdu approved the arrest and charges against Huang Qi, founder of the human rights Web site 64Tianwang, said Nicholas Bequelin, a Hong Kong-based researcher for Human Rights Watch.

The move comes as the government is tightening a clampdown on potentially embarrassing protests or complaints before the Beijing Olympics, which begin in less than a month.

There's been "no let up in the repression of rights activists on the eve of the games' opening," Bequelin said.


See also: Beijing 2008: China getting all uptight about the coming Olympics; maybe they should chill out a bit...

And this: Jesus in China: a new Chinese revolution?

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