Cable TV reporter Lam Kin-shing and eight others were detained for about six hours Sunday by police in Hunan province for visiting the Shaoyang grave of dissident labor rights activist Li Wangyang.
Li, 62, was found hanging dead in his hospital room in June 2012, less than a year after he was released for serving more than two decades in prison for organizing workers during the 1989 pro-democracy protests and “inciting to subvert state power”.
Soon after the nine people put flowers on the grave and lit candles, five people plain-clothes security officials appeared, stopping the group from burning a collection of poetry in Li’s memory, Ming Pao Daily News reported Monday.
They were “detained” at a cemetery administration office for questioning for about six hours, the report said.
Democracy activist Ou Biaofeng, who was part of the group, said on his Twitter page that they kept the mourning activity low-profile, opting not to shout slogans or hold up banners. But local authorities insisted that they can’t burn any sensitive material, like the poetry collection, Ou was quoted as saying.
Shaoyang police later said the three local activists were sentenced to five days of administrative detention for disturbing public order while those from Hong Kong were escorted from the site by Hong Hong and Macao affairs officials.
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