Chinese Internet writer charged with subversion – Reuters

From The Washington Post (link):

A Chinese Internet writer has been charged with attempting to “subvert state power” for backing a movement by exiled dissidents to hold free elections for a new democratic government, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Yang Tianshui, 45, faces up to 15 years in prison for posting essays on the Internet supporting the “Velvet Action of China,” Attorney Li Jianqiang said by telephone.Named after the “Velvet Revolution” that peacefully overthrew communism in the former Czechoslovakia, the movement held an online ballot for government leaders last year. But it attracted scant interest, with just over 500 people casting a vote.

The trial of Yang, who has been in custody since last December, is due to be in Nanjing, capital of the eastern coastal province of Jiangsu, in May.

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