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Leading cyber-dissident arrested for "inciting subversion"

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders condemns the arrest on 24 August 2007 of cyber-dissident Lu Gengsong in Hangzhou (in the southeastern province of Zhejiang) by the political police. Lu, who is well-known for his pro-democracy articles on the Internet, has been charged with "inciting subversion of state authority" and "illegal possession of secret documents." He is currently being held in the Xihu district prison near Hangzhou.

Lu's daughter described his arrest to the news website Boxun: "The police came to our home at 8 a.m. They asked to speak to my father, then they took him away and he never came back (. . . ) Ten members of the State Security later searched our home. They did not leave until 3 p.m., taking my father's computer with them (. . . ) They also took my computer because my father had saved articles on it. They searched everything (. . . ) They took my mother away for questioning (. . . ) When they interrogated her, she was not very cooperative. So they told her she was also a suspect (. . . ) When they took her away, they handed us my father's arrest order."

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