Ac­tivist jailed 7 years in ‘709’ crack­down

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A CHI­NESE hu­man rights ac­tivist was con­victed of sub­vert­ing state power and jailed for seven-and-ahalf years yes­ter­day, of­fi­cial me­dia re­ported, the lat­est step in a sweep­ing crack­down on dis­sent.

Ac­tivist Hu Shi­gen was the sec­ond per­son to be put on trial as a re­sult of last year’s so-called “709 crack­down” – named af­ter July 9, when more than 200 peo­ple were de­tained, in­clud­ing lawyers who took on civil rights cases con­sid­ered sen­si­tive by China’s rul­ing Com­mu­nist Party.

Mr Hu pleaded guilty at the Sec­ond In­ter­me­di­ate Peo­ple’s Court in Tian­jin and said he would not ap­peal, the of­fi­cial Xin­hua news agency re­ported, which de­scribed him as the leader of an un­der­ground church.

The trial took place un­der tight se­cu­rity, with scores of po­lice and plain­clothes per­son­nel sta­tioned every few me­tres around the court.

Traf­fic was blocked off on the court side of the street about 300 me­tres to ei­ther side of the en­trance.

Po­lice and plain­clothes men swarmed the grounds of a nearby tem­ple and a woman claim­ing to be a tour guide heck­led jour­nal­ists.

About a dozen lawyers and ac­tivists from the “709 crack­down” still re­main un­der ar­rest on state sub­ver­sion charges.

Ac­tivist Zhai Yan­min was found guilty of the same crime by the court on Aug 2, for acts in­clud­ing wav­ing ban­ners and shout­ing slo­gans. –

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