The arrest of artist Guo Jian is just the latest in a string of detentions and harassment of activists ahead of the Tiananmen Square protest anniversary.© Hong Kong Alliance
The Chinese authorities must end the severe persecution against all those attempting to mark the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown, said Amnesty International after a Chinese born Australian artist became the latest to be detained for giving a media interview on the crackdown.
Police in Beijing took away Guo Jian, 52, shortly after publication of an interview he gave to the Financial Times.
“Guo Jian is the latest victim of the Chinese authorities’ merciless campaign of repression ahead of the Tiananmen anniversary. He along with the scores of others detained for peacefully speaking out about the bloodshed of 1989 must be immediately released,” said William Nee, China Researcher at Amnesty International.
“This current wave of detentions ahead of 4 June is harsher than in recent years.”