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Adviser for striking shoe factory workers says China detained man accused of spreading rumors

A Chinese labor activist says police detained his assistant following a strike by 40,000 employees at a factory that makes shoes for Adidas and Nike.

Zhang Zhiru said Wednesday police in the southern city of Dongguan told him his assistant, Lin Dong, was suspected of spreading rumors on social media. Zhang said no written notice was issued.

Zhang and Lin were detained April 22 after workers at the factory run by Yue Yuen Industrial Holdings Ltd. went on strike to protest inadequate payments to social security and housing programs. The strikers returned to work last week.

Zhang, whose group advised the workers, was released without charge on April 24.