Monday, October 30, 2006

China: Police Remove Wreaths at Funeral

HONG KONGChinese mourners gathered Thursday in Xian to mark the death of democracy activist Lin Mu, a former aide to disgraced late Communist Party chief Hu Yaobang, at a brief memorial during which police removed flowers sent by overseas pro-democracy groups, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reports.

Around 200 mourners gathered under tight police surveillance to mourn Lin, who died at his home in the northern city of Xian on Oct. 15, at the age of 79. The funeral, which took place at the Sanzhao crematorium and lasted for about 20 minutes, was attended by pro-democracy activists from all over China.

But police confiscated wreaths and floral tributes sent by overseas pro-democracy groups wanting to pay their respects to a veteran activist for democratic reform, his grandson told RFA’s Mandarin service.

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