China Widens Crackdown Amid Calls For Lawyer’s Release – RFA

From Radio Free Asia:

Authorities across China have stepped up detentions and surveillance of key rights activists amid growing calls for the release of Beijing-based lawyer Gao Zhisheng.

“Gao Zhisheng was taken away by unidentified men in plain clothes who gave no identification nor any reason for his detention while he was on a trip to Dongying city, Shandong province, to visit his sister,” said New York-based writer Hu Ping of Gao’s August 15 arrest.

Elsewhere, academics and activists led by Ai Xiaoming (Chinese), a professor of Chinese at Zhongshan University in the southern province of Guangdong, wrote a letter attacking the authorities’ actions. [Full Text]

Also check out the typical brevity of Chinese official press, in English too, Beijing police detains Gao Zhisheng by People’s Daily online and Gao Zhisheng, the lawyer “who defies the Communist Party” by

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