Arrest of Chinese Dissident Threatens to Cast Shadow Over Beijing Olympics

After Hu Jia used the internet to expose human rights abuses in China, he was arrested by the authorities on December 27. His wife, Zeng Jinyan, and their two-month-old daughter are under house arrest. Hu’s lawyer, Li Jinsong, believes that the case is connected to the Games, via Guardian Unlimited:

…An environmental campaigner and Aids activist, Hu has become one of the most outspoken critics of China’s human rights violations. Last year, he and his then pregnant wife were under house arrest for 214 days in their residential complex – BOBO Freedom City.

However, he used the internet to publicise the cases of petitioners, peasants who lost their land, arrested dissidents and other victims of injustice….

Also see a video clip by The Guardian which shows Hu’s wife confronting her pursuers by standing in front of their car with a sign “Shame to insult a woman”.

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