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Police 'kidnap' 10 labour activists across China: rights group

AFP  |  Beijing 

A Chinese rights group on Saturday said at least ten of its supporters were detained by police in several cities across the country, in the latest apparent crackdown against its activists.

Student-led activism from China's top universities has surged in recent years, as young college students rally behind rights and unions despite pressure from universities and police.

The Jasic Workers Solidarity group, which supports workers at welding firm Jasic Technology, said the activists were detained by police on Friday night.

Five were graduates of -- one of the country's top-ranked institutions.

One of the graduates, Zhang Shengye, was "kidnapped" on the school campus, the group alleged in its statement.

An eyewitness and student claimed that more than ten people in dark-coloured clothing beat Zhang before dragging him into a

"They hit him hard and quickly got Zhang under control," he told AFP, requesting anonymity.

A few other students who were passing by were also beaten, he added. They were forced to the ground, and stopped from taking photos or speaking.

"acquiesced to the kidnapping -- this is another crime universities have committed against progressive students and the leftwing community," said the Jasic Workers Solidarity group. In addition to Zhang, four other Peking University graduates went missing

Friday after police raided homes in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou, stated the group.

In Shenzhen, a city in southern province, two people who operated a non-profit for young workers, as well as members of their staff, were taken by police as well, the group said.

Three workers who were part of the solidarity group, plus an unspecified number of activists in province, also disappeared in the police sweep, it said.

could not independently verify the group's claims.

Police in Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and did not immediately respond to AFP's request for comment.

In August, a police raid swept up student activists in province, according to the official website of the Jasic Workers Solidarity group, who said police beat students and confiscated their phones.

Yue Xin, a Peking University student who co-authored a petition demanding details about a probe into allegations of sexual abuse at the school, has not been heard from since she was detained in the August raid. Two students from and Peking University were also taken away by police for several hours Friday after taking photos in front of an store in

The students -- a group of ten in total -- were protesting the alleged exploitation of workers at an Watch factory in southwestern said it was investigating the claims.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, November 11 2018. 00:15 IST
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