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Chinese Police Allegedly Send Activist to Psychiatric Hospital

A rights group has accused Chinese police of forcing a woman into a psychiatric hospital after she attempted to petition the government over land seizures.

U.S.-based Human Rights in China says Liu Xinjuan was one of several people detained last Monday in Shanghai as they prepared to take their grievances to the local legislature.

The rights group said in a statement Friday that three Public Security officers forced Liu into a police vehicle and transported her to a local police station.

The press release says Liu was taken later that night, bound and gagged, to a psychiatric hospital. The groups says that when her son visited her, he found Liu covered in bruises and wounds.

Liu has petitioned the government several times over improper land seizures.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.