In China, New Crackdown On Dissidents – Peter Ford

From The Christian Science Monitor:

As China’s ruling Communist Party holds its most important conclave in five years, the government has launched an unusually harsh crackdown on potential troublemakers, say Chinese and international human rights groups.

Scores, perhaps hundreds, of petitioners, activists, religious figures, and human rights workers have been abducted, imprisoned, or confined to their homes over the past six weeks, according to rights monitors.

“This definitely seems to be the worst in years,” says Phelim Kine, a Hong Kong-based researcher with Human Rights Watch. “It is much, much more comprehensive and wide-ranging” than earlier sweeps. [Full Text]

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