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China arrests artist before Tiananmen anniversary

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China arrests artist before Tiananmen anniversary

A Chinese-born Australian artist named of Guo Jian has been detained by Chinese authorities ahead of Tiananmen anniversary. Guo had also participated in China's 1989 pro-democracy movement.

Guo's detention is the latest in a series of detentions of lawyers, artists, scholars and journalists before the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen crackdown in which pro-democracy students were targeted by Chinese military. The Tiananmen Square is located in Beijing.

Chinese government does not allow the discussions of the protest and the action taken by the military to suppress the movement.

Experts maintain that it is a given fact that Chinese government would not allow the protesters to assemble at the Sqaure this year too. The government has reportedly directed the law enforcement agencies to detain all prominent pro-democracy protesters in order to quell the protests.

The police started its crackdown in early May and has detained or put under house arrest dozens of people, including prominent human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang.

The Europe Union has expressed concern over the illegal detention of the pro-democracy protesters.

"While acknowledging China's advancement of the economic and social wellbeing of its people in the past 25 years, the EU also hopes to see greater space open up for discussion and debate about China's recent history and for lawyers, human rights defenders and journalists to carry out their work without harassment or interference," the EU said in a statement.

Fairfax Media reported that Guo was detained on Sunday night from his home in suburban Beijing. Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade issued a statement saying that it would urged the Chinese government to provide consular assistance to Guo.


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