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China puts four more anti-graft activists on trial

Published on Jan 27, 2014 5:14 PM

BEIJING (REUTERS) - Four more Chinese activists went on trial on Monday, accused of disturbing public order after urging officials to reveal their assets, the latest in a string of closely watched prosecutions of anti-graft campaigners.

The trials of members of the "New Citizens' Movement" have sparked criticism from the West and rights groups, as evidence of the ruling Chinese Communist Party's determination to crush any challenge to its rule.

The government has waged a 10-month drive against the movement, founded by Xu Zhiyong, one of China's most prominent rights activists, who was jailed on Sunday for four years.

The four activists put on trial on Monday - Ding Jiaxi, Li Wei, Zhang Baocheng and Yuan Dong - advocated working within the system to press for change, including urging officials to publish details of assets.

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