China clamps down on Qing Ming
Wed, Apr 08, 2009
The Straits Times

By Peh Shing Huei, China Bureau Chief

BEIJING, CHINA - A traditional Chinese festival to honour the dead became a violently painful one for some this year as the authorities are believed to have come down hard on them for paying tributes to sensitive people and events.

The Qing Ming festival, which fell on Saturday, saw activists being beaten or detained as the Chinese government took a hardline stance in a year packed with politically-sensitive anniversaries.

Retired professor Sun Wenguang said yesterday that he was brutally beaten by five unidentified men as he returned from paying respects to the late reformist leader Zhao Ziyang on Saturday.



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