Yang Fan | Radio Free Asia
[caption id="attachment_3491" align="alignleft" width="300"] Du Yanlin photographs himself with an umbrella on Tiananmen Square, June 4, 2015.
(courtesy of Du Yanlin)[/caption] Authorities in the Chinese capital are holding an activist on public order charges after he raised a black umbrella on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on the anniversary of the June 4, 1989 military crackdown on the student-led democracy movement, activists said. Du Yanlin, 52, who has worked for outspoken artist and social critic Ai Weiwei, was detained by police after he posted a selfie of himself via Twitter holding a black umbrella on the square on Thursday. Du, a tax adviser, was taken to the Dongcheng district police station, where he was held under criminal detention on suspicion of “picking quarrels and stirring up trouble,” rights lawyer Liu Xiaoyuan reported via social media. “He thought he should definitely do something for the 26th anniversary,” Du’s girlfiend Liu Yanjun told RFA. “From the point of view of political justice, he has done nothing wrong.” “We don’t think he has done anything wrong,” she said. Du’s son, Du Jiangfan, said his father is innocent of any wrongdoing. “This would never happen anywhere else in the world, with the possible exception of North Korea,” Du Jiangfan said. “My father has committed no crime, and I don’t really know what to do next.” He said Du had already received a visit from his lawyer, who said that he appeared to be in reasonably good mental and physical health, despite a chronic heart condition. “He has had surgery in the past, and he had a stent put in, so he isn’t in very good health,” Du Jiangfan said. He said he didn’t believe the police could make the charges stand up, however. “There’s no way this is picking quarrels and stirring up trouble,” Du Jiangfan said. “But there may be nothing we can do about it, because this whole thing makes no sense.” “My personal feeling is that they are really afraid of this sort of thing happening.” While it appears to be raining in Du’s contentious selfie, his use of an umbrella also recalls last year’s pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong that campaigned for fully democratic elections for the city’s chief executive in 2017. The yellow umbrella—Du’s was in mourning black—became a symbol of the student-led Umbrella Movement and the Occupy Central civil disobedience that blocked key highways in the former British colony for 79 days before being dispersed by police.