China’s Woes Vindicate Whistle-Blower – Christopher Bodeen (Updated)

More about jailed environmentalist Wu Lihong and his fight to save Lake Tai:

Defenders Of The TaihuWu Lihong warned for years that pollution was strangling his beloved Lake Tai.

Yet when a disastrous algae bloom, fed in part by pollution, forced a lakeside city to shut off its drinking water two weeks ago, the salesman-turned-environmental campaigner had little chance to savor his vindication.

Detained in April, he is due to stand trial on extortion charges that friends and family say were concocted to punish him for exposing local government inaction. [Full text]

UPDATE: See “China activist trial “put off” amid torture claim” from Reuters.

Photo of Wu Lihong via Pacific Environment.

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