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China formally arrests prominent rights lawyer who fought labor camps, criticized authorities

Chinese authorities say they have formally arrested a rights lawyer who is well known for his efforts to defend free speech, abolish labor camps and publicize abuses by police and Communist Party officials.

Beijing's Public Security Bureau said on its microblog website that attorney Pu Zhiqiang was arrested Friday on suspicion of "creating a disturbance" and "illegally obtaining personal information." It did not provide details.

The police bureau said investigations into other alleged crimes were ongoing, an indication that Pu could eventually face more charges.

Pu was one of several activists who were detained in early May after attending a small, private meeting in Beijing to discuss the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown on protesters ahead of its 25th anniversary, a taboo subject in China. The others were released earlier.