Police hold activist in China
A Chinese activist said he was detained by police yesterday, the start of the sensitive period marking the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy movement.
Qi Zhiyong said police grabbed him in the morning just after he dropped his daughter off at school in Beijing. State security agents later arrived, confiscated his phone and drove him to the city's outskirts, where they held him in a police car all day, he said.
"They have just let me return home now," Qi said in a mobile text message later Wednesday to The Associated Press. "Police are stationed outside my door, I don't know how long they will be there for."
Qi, whose left leg was amputated after he was shot in the 1989 military crackdown on the demonstrators, has called on the communist government to break its silence and provide a full accounting of those killed and wounded in the assault.
Qi's local police bureau referred queries to the city police department, which did not immediately respond to questions submitted by phone and fax.