Chinese Authorities Seize Population Control Activist – Philip P. Pan

From the Washington Post:

Local authorities on Tuesday seized a rural activist who has been leading a high-profile legal campaign against the use of forced sterilization and abortion in China, apparently trying to prevent him from speaking about abuses in his hometown with senior government officials who had expressed support for his cause.

The detention of Chen Guangcheng, 34, a blind peasant who has been preparing a class-action lawsuit challenging population-control abuses in the eastern Chinese city of Linyi, occurred a few days after he arrived in Beijing for meetings with lawyers and journalists and just as the Chinese government opened an international legal conference here.


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