China arrests activist on subversion charge as crackdown deepens
BEIJING (REUTERS) - China has arrested an activist on a charge of subversion, his brother and a rights group said on Sunday, the second such arrest in less than two months and the latest sign that the authorities are hardening their stance toward dissent.
Yang Lin, 45, a critic of China's one-party system who lives in the southern province of Guangdong, was arrested on a charge of "inciting subversion of state power", his brother, Mr Yang Mingzhu, said by telephone.
In China, an inciting subversion charge is commonly levelled against critics of one-party rule. It carries a maximum penalty of five years in jail, though lengthier sentences have been handed down.
Mr Yang Mingzhu said he had received a notice of his brother's arrest, dated July 19, but it gave few details.