BEIJING — Activists say China has filed subversion charges against Internet users who reposted a call for protests modeled on the democracy movements in the Middle East.
The Hong Kong-based Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy said Wednesday that at least three people were detained on charges of "inciting subversion of state power." China often uses the vaguely worded charge to lock up outspoken government critics.
A handful of participants joined the calls to demonstrate this past weekend and were met by a show of force from authorities. Also, well-known activists apparently remain in custody since being taken away before the protests.
Greeks riot against austerity measures
ATHENS, Greece — Youths wearing ski masks hurled chunks of marble and fire bombs at riot police as clashes broke out Wednesday in Athens during a mass rally against austerity measures, part of a general strike that crippled services and public transport around financially struggling Greece.
Police fired tear gas and flash grenades at protesters, blanketing parts of the city center in choking smoke and forcing thousands of peaceful demonstrators to scurry into side streets for cover. A motorcycle police officer was hit by a gasoline bomb and his uniform caught fire in the city's main Syntagma Square, before he was rescued by colleagues. His bike was destroyed.
Protesters chanting "Don't obey the rich — Fight back!" marched to parliament as the city center was heavily policed. A brass band, tractors and cyclists joined the rally.