Chinese activist detained after posting photo of Tiananmen Square protests online

A Chinese activist has been detained on a charge of inciting subversion after posting a photo online of the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy demonstrations.
Bai Dongping - a member of the recently formed Petitioners and Rights Defenders' Group which has often reported harassment from police - was arrested in Beijing on Saturday.
He was released shortly after but picked up and detained later that day. Following his initial release, he was able to tell his wife that he had been interrogated for posting the Tiananmen photograph online.
Iconic: A single protester blocks a line of tanks in Tiananmen Square during the 1989 pro-democracy demonstrations in Beijing
Iconic: A single protester blocks a line of tanks in Tiananmen Square during the 1989 pro-democracy demonstrations in Beijing
The authorities contacted her on Sunday to confirm that her husband was facing charges of subversion - a term China often uses to lock up activists who are seen as troublemakers.
Tanks and troops rolled into Tiananmen Square in Beijing to crush a pro-democracy movement in 1989. It is believed that hundreds of  protesters, many of them students, were killed in the subsequent massacre.
Bai, 47, first became an activist during the pro-democracy demonstrations after joining an illegal workers' union that supported the students leading the protests, according to the U.S.-based ChinaAid Association.
More recently, he has provided legal assistance to petitioners who come from China's provinces and try to air grievances over corruption and other issues to officials in the central government.
Although this is his first arrest, he has previously been taken out of Beijing 'on holiday' by police and told to stay inside his home during high-profile events such as the Olympics.
Bai's arrest comes shortly after a Chinese woman was sentenced to a year in a labor camp for posting a satirical Twitter message about smashing the Japan pavilion at the Shanghai Expo.
It also follows reports by several Chinese activists of increasing harassment after imprisoned author Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in October. Liu is serving an 11-year sentence for subversion after co-authoring an appeal calling for reforms to China's one-party political system.

Nicholas Bequelin, Asia researcher for Human Rights Watch, said the incident reflected increasing political persecution in China.
'Every year brings a new batch of activists sentenced under charges of "inciting subversion". At least this is an acknowledgment that the charges are political,' Bequelin said.
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