Guangzhou Crackdown on Chinese Citizens’ Movement Gathers Pace

Radio Free Asia, 2013-11-01

Authorities in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou have formally arrested an anti-graft activist who demonstrated on the street in support of detained movement founder Xu Zhiyong, his lawyer said on Friday.

Sun Desheng was detained after he held up a placard with the words “Shame on [President] Xi Jinping, Xu Zhiyong is innocent!” on a street in Guangzhou last August.

Now, police have formally arrested him in charges of “gathering a crowd to disturb public order,” Sun’s laywer Ge Wenxiu said.

Ge said he had been denied permission to meet with his client twice in recent weeks, on the grounds that Sun’s was also a subversion case.

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