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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 Wednesday.

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 on dissidents.

"I am very worried about him and feel really pained," his wife said. "This regime, if you oppose it, it will only oppress you."

His wife said his arrest could also be connected with his meeting with US consulate representatives in October to discuss human rights in China.

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