Stability Maintenance for Activists’ Trials

The following stability maintenance instructions have been leaked and distributed online.

Notice from the Beijing Public Security Bureau Domestic Security Department Unit: Starting at 7:00 p.m. on January 20, all district and county DSD detachments must conduct stability control over city-wide stability maintenance targets. During the court hearings of New Citizens Movement cases, transpiring from January 22 to 24, you must not allow stability maintenance targets to appear in the areas surrounding the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate Court or the Haidian court. Stymy destructive influences produced by mass assemblies. (January 22, 2014)

北京市公安局国保总队通知:各区县国保支队,自1月20日19:00起对全市范围内维稳重点人进行稳控。在1月22日至24日新公民案件庭审期间,务必不使稳控对象出现在北京市一中院和海淀法院附近区域。杜绝因群体聚集产生的破坏性影响。

New Citizens Movement founder Xu Zhiyong is on trial at the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court today, while four other activists who were arrested last March after protesting for officials to disclose their assets, will go on trial at the Haidian district court on Friday. All are charged with “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place.”

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