China: New crackdown on dissidents before 4 June anniversary
At least nine dissidents have been detained in Beijing and several others are reported to be missing in the run-up to the sixth anniversary of the Tiananmen Square killings. One of the detainees, Wang Dan, has started a hunger-strike in protest at his detention. The arrests follow two recent petitions calling for respect of human rights. This report gives the names and brief details of those detained. AI considers all those currently detained to be prisoners of conscience and is calling for their release.