Chinese Anti-Government Organizer Faces Prison – Philip P. Pan

From the Washington Post:

A businessman who led thousands of investors in a campaign against the government seizure of valuable oil fields in northern China was convicted of organizing illegal protests and sentenced to three years in prison Thursday, relatives said.

The ruling against Feng Bingxian, 59, was the culmination of a prolonged and closely watched battle in Shaanxi province that had emerged as a test of President Hu Jintao’s willingness to protect rights — a principle the Communist Party recently enshrined in its constitution as part of its drive to build a market economy.

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