Chinese police detain 81-year-old writer

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BEIJING: Police in Beijing have detained an 81-year-old writer who has long been a sharp critic of the Communist Party, a human rights lawyer said on Tuesday, as Chinese authorities further their campaign against dissent. Tie Liu, whose real name is Huang Zerong, was taken away by police and placed under criminal detention at the weekend for “picking quarrels and provoking trouble,” said his friend, lawyer Liu Xiaoyuan. The charge is frequently used to silence those who challenge the ruling party.

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