Chinese rights lawyers say their meeting over wrongful cases broken up by police

Chinese rights lawyers say their meeting in a Beijing suburb to discuss wrongful cases has been broken up by police who stormed into their conference room.

It's the latest effort by authorities to obstruct the work of rights lawyers, who have grown into a force demanding rule of law in China.

Rights lawyer Sui Muqing said about 40 attorneys, relatives of victims of wrongful cases and other citizens were gathering in a hotel Sunday to discuss the cases when police from suburban Huairou district stormed into the conference room.

Sui said police boarded everyone onto a bus bound for downtown Beijing. The meeting had been scheduled to end Monday.

Two officials who answered the phone at the Huairou police department said they were unaware of the matter.