A Chinese land rights activist imprisoned after circulating a petition opposing the Beijing Olympics has been chained for days in the same position and forced to clean up the waste of other inmates, his sister and a rights group said Monday.
Yang Chunlin was detained in July in his native province of Heilongjiang in northeastern China and formally arrested a month later, accused of subverting state power _ a vague claim authorities commonly use to clamp down on dissent…
Before his arrest he had gathered more than 10,000 signatures, mainly from farmers, for an open letter titled “We want human rights, not the Olympics.” It was not clear whom the letter was addressed to.
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[Image: A 71 year old housing eviction protester displays photos and documents related to her housing case, by monkeyking]