Prominent Chinese journalist Gao Yu criminally detained ahead of Tiananmen anniversary

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In this June 9, 2012 photo, Chinese journalist Gao Yu, who was imprisoned for nearly 6 year in the 1990s on charges of leaking state secrets, attends an opening ceremony of Chinese artist Liu Xia's photo exhibition in Hong Kong. Prominent Chinese journalist Gao Yu has been "criminally detained" just weeks ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown for allegedly leaking state secrets to a foreign news site, the state news agency Xinhua reported Thursday, May 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

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On Tuesday, Chinese authorities detained well-known rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang and several other people in an apparent bid to deter activists from marking the anniversary of the military suppression of pro-democracy protesters. Pu's associate Qu Zhenhong said the lawyer was detained Tuesday morning.

Two of Pu's close friends, Beijing activist Hu Jia and Shanghai lawyer Si Weijiang, said the detention was likely the authorities' retaliation against Pu for attending a seminar in Beijing on Saturday to discuss the Tiananmen Square crackdown.

Several other people who attended the seminar, including Beijing-based scholars Hao Jian and Xu Youyu and blogger and free speech activist Liu Di, were similarly detained Tuesday, Hu said, citing their family members.

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Associated Press writers Jack Chang and Didi Tang contributed to this report.

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