20 Apr '11, 7am

HK activists urge boycott over China crackdown

HK activists urge boycott over China crackdown

HONG KONG: Hong Kong rights groups on Wednesday urged the territory's residents to stop travelling to mainland China in protest at a crackdown on dissidents and activists. In recent weeks, scores of lawyers, dissidents and campaigners have been taken into police custody, put under house arrest, or faced criminal charges in Beijing's onslaught against domestic detractors. They include Ai Weiwei, a prominent artist and harsh critic of China's Communist Party leaders, who was detained in early April for unspecified "economic crimes", sparking worldwide condemnation. Hong Kong, a former British colony, has maintained a semi-autonomous status since its return to China in 1997, with a separate legal system and civil liberties not seen on the mainland. On Wednesday, activists from six rights groups called on Hong Kongers to send a strong message to the Chinese government by cance...

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