Updated: 06/06/2014 15:56 | By Agence France-Presse

Detained Chinese-Australian artist to be deported: Canberra

A Chinese-Australian artist who was detained in Beijing just before the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown is to be deported, Canberra said Friday.


Detained Chinese-Australian artist to be deported: Canberra

Police stand by their vehicles near Tiananmen Square in Beijing on June 4, 2014, the 25th anniversary of the June 4, 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protests - by Goh Chai Hin

Guo Jian, a former Tiananmen Square protester, was taken away on Sunday night from his home in Songzhuang, an art colony on the eastern fringe of Beijing, according to two of his acquaintances.

The detention of the 52-year-old Chinese-born Australian was said by a fellow artist to have been triggered by his recent work on a Tiananmen-themed art installation.

Consular officials had visited Guo on Thursday as they "sought an explanation for his detention" from authorities, Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said in a statement emailed to AFP Friday.

"Chinese authorities have advised Mr Guo was detained on a visa-related matter," the statement said.

"It remains our understanding Mr Guo will be detained for 15 days and then required to depart China."

Guo's detention came just days before the 25th anniversary of the June 4 military crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square, during which hundreds of people were killed -- by some estimates, more than 1,000.

China censors any mention of the crackdown and ramped up already strict controls ahead of the anniversary. It also detained some 20 prominent liberal academics, lawyers and activists in recent weeks, according to the US-based group Human Rights in China.

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