Chinese Police Crash Dissident Dinner Party

The Huffington Post
By: AP    

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese police broke up a dinner party attended by activists in the eastern city of

BEIJING, CHINA - MAY 12: (CHINA OUT) Armed police officers and a dog patrol a street on May 12, 2014 in Beijing, China. In order to fight terrorism and maintain stability, Beijing police deployed 150 armed patrol vehicles to city streets on Monday. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images) | ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images
BEIJING, CHINA – MAY 12: (CHINA OUT) Armed police officers and a dog patrol a street on May 12, 2014 in Beijing, China. In order to fight terrorism and maintain stability, Beijing police deployed 150 armed patrol vehicles to city streets on Monday. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images) | ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images

Hangzhou Tuesday night and detained a dozen people, according to an activist who attended the dinner.

Activist and blogger Wang Wusi said he and another 10 people were released after spending about two hours in police custody. He said police held Wen Kejian until Wednesday morning, when he was released although without his cell phone or computer. Wen is a signatory of Charter 08, a document calling for democracy and the end of one-party rule in China.

Wang said Wednesday that they had been warned by police that they would not be allowed to meet. He said they organized the event in response to the recent detentions of other activists.

“Recently, inside the country people have been getting nervous because they’ve been detaining people,” Wang said. “We just wanted to get together and discuss this because we all feel the pressure growing.”     [FULL  STORY]

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