Thursday, May 28, 2015Thursday, May 28, 2015

China convicts two anti-graft activists in crackdown

Published on Jan 29, 2014 1:32 PM

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China convicted two anti-graft campaigners on Wednesday for their roles in a protest urging officials to reveal their assets, the latest measures in a crackdown that has sparked international criticism.

The government has waged a 10-month drive on the "New Citizens' Movement", which advocates working within the system to press for change.

Wednesday's convictions came just three days after movement founder Xu Zhiyong, one of China's most prominent rights activists, was sentenced to four years in prison. The United States, the European Union and rights groups condemned his sentence.

A Beijing court convicted the protesters, Hou Xin and Yuan Dong, on a charge of "gathering a crowd to disturb public order".

Enjoy 2 weeks of unlimited digital access to The Straits Times. Get your free access now!