» 01/03/2013, 00.00
Shenzhen: police officer gets 14 years in prison for his pro-democracy activity
After eight months in jail without trial, Wang Dengchao, a police officer in favour of democratic reforms in China gets a harsh sentence after being convicted by a court in Luohu. Afraid that the military might join the people in the fight for freedom, the Communist party is using an iron fist against any form of unrest.
Yangdang: 180 police agents beat and arrest a group of official Christians
Led by the chief of the local Religious Affairs Bureau, agents (some in plainclothes) burst into a Christian legal centre where they beat and detained those present. At the time of their arrest, members were studying the law and regulations that limit religious freedom in China. The raid was carried out without any legal justification.
Beijing, police blocking protests even in designated parks
Groups that want to demonstrate or present petitions are not being listened to, and are being kicked out of the city. And yet the government, during the period of the Olympics, had guaranteed freedom to demonstrate in three parks in Beijing.
02/02/2009 HONG KONG – CHINA
HK pro-democracy activists to invite exiled dissidents to commemorate Tiananmen Square crackdown
Meetings, forums and seminars are planned to lead up to the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Beijing will probably refuse visas to “counterrevolutionaries” involved in the 1989 event.
Yahoo! admits guilt in helping China’s crackdown
Accused of helping China’s government to arrest and torture two journalists, the Internet giant decides to settle lawsuit to end US trial. It accepts to provide financial, humanitarian and legal support to the victims’ families and pay attorneys’ fees.
Liu Zhihua, the last known prisoner jailed over Tiananmen protest, is freed
Mr Liu organised a strike to protest the 4 June crackdown in Tiananmen Square. Human rights groups say however that at least 30 more people are still in jail for the same reason despite the fact that the authorities have said nothing about them. By contrast, the latter fear the Mothers of Tiananmen meeting to commemorate the death of their children.
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