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BEIJING TENSE AS CRACKDOWN DATE NEARS

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Arbitrary arrests, police surveillance and frayed nerves dominated the Chinese capital Wednesday as authorities enforce a draconian peace in the runup to the fifth anniversary of the army crackdown on Tiananmen Square.

This week has seen the detention of a foreign diplomat and a foreign journalist, and the arrest or detention of at least three activists, including one of the leaders of an outlawed labor federation, sources confirmed Wednesday.Beijing University, the nucleus of the six-week pro-democracy movement that ended in bloodshed June 4, 1989, is locked down.

A curfew has been in effect since campus security discovered a poster last week calling for a re-evaluation of the 1989 movement, which is still branded a "counterrevolutionary riot."

Kathy Chen, the Wall Street Journal's Beijing bureau chief, was detained for almost five hours Monday night after she walked onto the Beijing University campus to visit a friend.