China detains supporters of Hong Kong protest

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Chinese poet faces jail for possession of umbrella
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Wang Zang among those targeted by authorities over Hong Kong protests

The Associated Press

Artists and journalist among several people detained in Beijing, and accused of supporting Hong Kong demonstrations.

Chinese police have detained a well-known poet and seven other people ahead of a poetry reading planned in Beijing to support pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, relatives of the detained said.

Police apprehended poet Wang Zang in front of his Beijing home on the night of October 1 and then searched his apartment and confiscated a computer, a router and other materials, his wife Wang Li told the AP news agency on Wednesday.

On September 30, Wang had posted on Twitter a picture of himself raising his middle finger and holding an umbrella, a symbol of solidarity adopted by the protesters demanding open nominations for Hong Kong’s chief executive elections.

A message over the picture read: “Wearing black…

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