The move is the latest sign that authorities in China have
been shaken by recent labor unrest such as a 2-week strike by
workers at Yue Yuen Industrial Holdings, a $5.6 billion
manufacturer of footwear for Nike Inc, Adidas AG and other
In what activists say was one of China's biggest labor protests
since market reforms began in the late 1970s, Yue Yuen workers
went on strike in the southern city of Dongguan on April 14, to
protest against what they said were chronically low company
contributions to social insurance and housing provident fund
accounts. Yue Yuen said on Friday that more than 80 percent of
its 40,000-strong workforce had returned to work.
Lin Dong, a 27-year-old activist who works for the Shenzhen
Chunfeng Labour Dispute Service Center, was taken into custody a
week ago, his manager, Zhang Zhiru, told Reuters. Police were
holding him on "suspicion of causing a disturbance", Zhang said.
Lin's father, Lin Xiaoxiong, confirmed his son's detention in
Lin Dong has been a labour activist for a year and was involved
in "protecting workers' rights," his father said.
Police in Dongguan told Zhang on Monday that Lin Dong had spread
information through the popular QQ instant-messaging tool about
a strike at a Taiwanese-owned factory, Delta Electronics Inc, in
Dongguan, Zhang said in a statement to Chinese Human Rights
Defenders, an overseas-based rights advocacy group.
Zhang himself was detained for two days earlier this month by
security agents who told him not to make contact with Yue Yuen
Police in the township of Gaobu in Dongguan declined to comment
(Additional reporting by Li Hui;
editing by Ian Geoghegan)
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