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Chinese human rights lawyer detained before Tiananmen anniversary

Chinese authorities have detained a well-known human rights lawyer in an apparent attempt to deter activists from marking the 25th anniversary of the brutal military suppression of pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square.

Pu Zhiqiang was detained by Beijing police in the early hours of Tuesday, according to Qu Zhenhong, an associate at Pu’s firm in Beijing who has been in contact with his family.

Pu enjoys a mainstream prominence that is unusual for dissidents and news of his detention was circulating widely on Chinese microblogs. Despite his outspoken criticism of the government, Pu has been featured in magazines and interviewed about labour camps, against which he led high-profile campaigns.

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