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China jails man for planning Tiananmen protest: lawyer

Published on Mar 24, 2014 2:09 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - A Chinese court on Monday jailed for 18 months a man who applied to hold a protest on the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square killings, his lawyer said.

Gu Yimin was found guilty of "inciting state subversion" for posting pictures of the 1989 crackdown online and applying for permission to stage a protest on its anniversary last year, his lawyer Liu Weiguo said.

"This judgement violates the constitution," Liu said, adding that Gu would appeal the verdict, handed down by a court in Changshu in the eastern province of Jiangsu. "We maintain that Gu Yimin was exercising his right to freedom of speech."

Liu added that men he believed to be state security officers had assaulted him and another lawyer outside the courthouse.

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