China detains feminist activists ahead of Women's Day




 
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March 7th, 2015  
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Topic: China detains feminist activists ahead of Women's Day


China has detained at least two feminist activists, a lawyer said, as the country escalates a crackdown on dissent ahead of planned rallies this weekend to mark International Women's Day. Li Tingting, who goes by the pseudonym Li Maizi, a young women's rights campaigner who is best known for leading a campaign for unisex toilets, was detained in Beijing. Another activist, Zheng Churan, was being held in the southern metropolis of Guangzhou. "They have not given information on why she was detained, but my guess is that it has something to do with maintaining social stability on International Women's Day (on March 8)," said Yan Xin, Li's lawyer, by phone.

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