Police Raid Shanghai Gay Bar and Detain More Than 60

Published: April 4, 2011

BEIJING—More than 60 patrons and employees at a gay bar in Shanghai were swept up in a police raid early Sunday morning and held for more 12 hours, according to the state media and several of those detained.

Shanghai Daily, a state-owned English language newspaper, said the police were investigating reports that a male go-go dancer had been performing a “pornographic” show at the bar, named Q Bar, which recently opened on the city’s revitalized historic waterfront.

A man answering the phone at the local police station where the detainees were held declined to answer questions on Monday evening.

The raid, which coincides with one of the most concerted government crackdowns on dissent in a decade, sent a chill through China’s burgeoning gay community, which in recent years has grown self-confident despite intermittent harassment from the authorities. Gay activists say they cannot recall an incident in which so many people were taken into custody in one fell swoop.

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