Feminist activist detained in China ahead of International Women's Day

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BEIJING — A well-known Chinese feminist activist was detained in Beijing two days before the observance of International Women's Day, her lawyer said Saturday.

Lawyer Yan Xin said he didn't know why police detained activist Li Tingting and an unspecified number of others. He said he had not been able to talk to his client.

Messages on the microblog Weibo said feminist activist Zheng Churan had also been detained by police late Friday in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, but Yan could not confirm the reports.

Police in Beijing and Guangzhou said they did not have any information about the cases.

The detentions come at a sensitive time, with the country's National People's Congress holding its annual session in the capital.

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