Woman’s rights campaigner arrested in Beijing

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Beijing: Li Tingting, who goes by the pseudonym Li Maizi, a young women’s rights campaigner who is best known for leading a campaign for unisex toilets, was detained in Beijing by Chinese authorities as the country escalates a crackdown on dissent ahead of planned rallies this weekend to mark International Women’s Day.

Another activist, Zheng Churan, was held in the southern metropolis of Guangzhou. Another rights activist who is close to the two women said they and other feminist campaigners were planning a demonstration against sexual harassment on public transportation on March 7, which would have taken place in both Beijing and Guangzhou as well as other places.

Police have sought out many other feminist organizers throughout the country as well, and many demonstrations have been forcibly cancelled.