China detains cyber-dissident
who criticised Olympics
Wednesday December 19, 2007
A Chinese cyber-dissident who criticised the government over
human rights abuses ahead of the Beijing Olympic Games has been
detained on suspicion of subverting state power, his wife said
Wang Dejia, better known by his pen name Jing Chu, was hauled
off by police who raided his home in the southern province of
Guangxi last Thursday, his wife Wen Zhenyan told AFP.
"They said his crime was incitement to subvert state power,"
said Wen, who has been barred from seeing her husband.
She said his arrest was linked to articles he had written and
posted on banned overseas websites in which he criticised China's
human rights record, including the jailings of many writers.
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In recent months, Wang also gave an interview to the Epoch Times,
a media group backed by the banned sect Falun Gong, in which he
claimed the Olympics would exacerbate the sufferings of Chinese
people and leave them "living like dogs and pigs."
Wang blamed the "autocratic nation" for destroying
ordinary people's homes in mass demolitions in order to build
grandiose Olympic venues, and criticised China's intensified crackdown
"I am very worried about him and feel really pained,"
his wife said. "This regime, if you oppose it, it will only
His wife said his arrest could also be connected with his meeting
with US consulate representatives in October to discuss human
rights in China.