Chinese authorities detained dozens of people in the run-up to the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown and charges were laid against a lawyer who had nothing to do with the commemoration, the New York Times reported Monday.
The arrests were made in February and May as pro-democracy supporters held meetings to mark the June 4 event.
Among those detained was prominent lawyer Pu Zhiqiang but a public interest defender who did not take part in the meetings was also arrested, fellow lawyers were quoted as saying.
Chang Boyang was later charged on suspicion of “illegal commercial activities”. On Saturday, his family was informed of his official arrest on July 3, the report said.
Chang, a co-founder of the a non-governmental organization, was being prevented from representing his clients and his work has nothing to do with “illegal commercial activities, his lawyer said.
Chang was arrested when he showed up to defend his clients who had been charged with illegal assembly and “disturbing public order”, according to the report.
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