China detains feminist activists ahead of Women's Day

March 7, 2015 7:18 AM

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BEIJING (Reuters) - China has detained at least two feminist activists, a lawyer said, as the country escalates a crackdown on dissent ahead of planned rallies this weekend to mark International Women's Day.

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. Another activist, Zheng Churan, was being held in the southern metropolis of Guangzhou.

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