China: Renewed crackdown on writers | PEN International

12 May 2014

Five prominent dissident writers have been arrested for taking part in events to commemorate the upcoming 25th anniversary of the crackdown on the 1989 pro-democracy protests, reported PEN International.


On 4 and 5 May 2014, some of the participants at a memorial on 3 May were taken in for questioning by police. Most were released after interrogation, but at least five have been criminally detained on suspicion of ‘causing a disturbance’. Those detained include writer and human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, writer and activist Hu Shigen, writer and academic Hao Jian, and professor at the Beijing Film Academy. All five are being held at Beijing No. 1 Detention Centre.

Two of those detained are members of the Independent Chinese PEN Centre (ICPC), an affliate centre of the global organisation of writers. PEN is calling on the Chinese authorities to ensure the safety and integrity of all five, and calls for their immediate and unconditional release.

On 4 June 1989 an estimated 2,000 pro-democracy protesters, unarmed individuals, were killed by Chinese troops in Tiananmen Square, Beijing and other Chinese cities.

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