Ex manifestante di Tienanmen rinchiuso in un ospedale psichiatrico

Un ex manifestante di Piazza Tienanmen è stato internato contro la sua volontà in un ospedale mentale per almeno 6 mesi. Lo ha annunciato un gruppo dei diritti umani Venerdì.

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A former Tiananmen Square protester has been held involuntarily at a Beijing mental hospital for at least half a year, a human rights group said Friday.

Wang Lianxi was taken to the hospital in western Beijing after a police roundup of dissidents and other potential “troublemakers” before the Olympic Games in August, Chinese Human Rights Defenders said. Earlier this week, a friend discovered that Wang was still there, it said.

A hospital worker who answered the phone Friday confirmed that Wang is a patient there but gave no details.

Several activists were taken away during the games as part of Beijing’s efforts to clear the city of dissent while it played host to the competition. Authorities commonly do such sweeps before and during sensitive periods to curb potential criticism or protests.

Wang spent 18 years in jail following the 1989 pro-democracy protests.

He was arrested during the military crackdown on June 4, 1989, and sentenced to death, along with seven others, for setting fire to military vehicles. The sentence was later commuted to life in prison, but he was released in July 2007.

by Associated Press, 23 January 2009

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