Dissident and writer feel sting of Peking crackdown

A Chinese government crackdown on political opposition has gathered momentum with the detention of a prominent dissident and the strongest public attack on a writer since Mao Tse-tung's death five years ago. Informed Chinese sources said Xu Wenli, the former editor of the now defunct unofficial magazine April 5th Forum, was handcuffed and taken from his home by police April 10.

The Peking Daily has reprinted a commentary from the official People's Liberation Army newspaper attacking the writer Bai Hua for writing a filmscript whi ch it said had insulted the Communist Party.

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