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BEIJING - Several top Chinese rights activists have disappeared into police custody as a web campaign urged angry citizens to mark the Middle East's "Jasmine Revolution" with protests, campaigners said Sunday.
Up to 15 leading Chinese rights lawyers and activists have disappeared since Saturday amid a nationwide police mobilisation, according to activists, while the government appeared to censor Internet postings calling for the demonstrations.
"By taking this so seriously, police are showing how concerned they are that the Jasmine Revolution could influence China's social stability."
As the word spread on the demonstrations, numerous political dissidents and rights lawyers were placed in police custody, activists said.
"Many rights defenders have disappeared (into police custody) in recent days, others are under house arrest and their mobile phones are blocked," rights attorney Ni Yulan told AFP.
"The police detachment outside my door has increased. They follow us if we go out," Ni said of the surveillance on her and her husband