Silencing the critics – Kate Krauss

From the International Herald Tribune (link):

Over the past two years, China has escalated beatings, imprisonment and harassment of dissenters: intellectuals, social and economic justice , journalists and even farmers who attempt to present their grievances to authorities.

Many Westerners might never have heard about the recent attacks if not for the response of a diverse group of Beijing activists. Gao Zhisheng, a prominent defense attorney, organized a symbolic 48-hour to protest the attacks; soon he was under house arrest with as many as 100 policemen surrounding his home.

Other prominent activists, including Hu Jia, a young AIDS advocate and former television editor, quickly joined him in solidarity. The idea spread, with activists from more than 20 provinces reportedly volunteering to fast for 24-48 hours each.

March 6, 2006 10:31 AM
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Categories: Human Rights, Politics