Chinese police arrest property rights activist – Philip P. Pan

From the Washington Post, via the San Francisco Chronicle:



Police in China’s northern
Shaanxi province have arrested one of the nation’s leading advocates of private property rights, after officials posed as journalists and forged an e-mail from a prominent Hong Kong reporter to lure him out of hiding, friends and relatives said.

The arrest is a major setback for the plaintiffs in a landmark lawsuit against the government that analysts say has emerged as an important test of President Hu Jintao’s willingness to promote the rule of law and private property rights. The governing Communist Party has endorsed those principles as part of its drive to build a market economy.

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