Yu Zhijian taken away during hunger strike A former Tiananmen dissident previously jailed for defacing the portrait of Mao Zedong on Tiananmen Gate has been detained on suspicion of subversion after joining a hunger strike. Police took former high school teacher Yu Zhijian, 43, from his home in Liuyang , Hunan province, on Saturday night after he started a hunger strike in support of dissident lawyer Gao Zhisheng's call for an end to persecution of activists, sources said. State security police delivered a formal detention notice to his family on Monday, saying he had been 'detained on suspicion of incitement to subvert state power'. 'He was taken away from home before he finished his one-day hunger strike,' said a source. 'State security police said he had been doing politically incorrect things in the past year.' Yu Zhijian's childhood friend and co-accused Yu Dongyue 39, was released on Wednesday after 16 years in jail. The two Yus, who are not blood related, and another co-accused, Lu Decheng, 43, threw paint-filled eggs at the Tiananmen Square portrait of Mao on May 23, 1989. Yu Zhijian was sentenced to life in prison but released in 2000, while Yu Dongyue, who was reportedly tortured and suffered a mental breakdown in prison, was given 20 years. Mr Lu was given 16 years and was released in early 1998. In the days before Yu Zhijian's protest on Saturday - which nine other Hunan residents also took part in - he posted two articles on the internet. One explained why he joined the hunger strike campaign and the other called for the release of Yang Tianshui, a freelance writer arrested for 'incitement to subvert state power'. Mr Lu, who is being held in Bangkok pending the outcome of an application for political asylum after fleeing China in late 2004, said the Chinese authorities were 'foolish' to detain Yu Zhijian. 'It was unfortunate that now Yu Dongyue is out, Yu Zhijian has been detained. It is not a very sensible move on the part of the Chinese Communist Party because all overseas attention will be on Yu Zhijian,' he said yesterday.