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China tries three anti-graft activists in two days

Published on Jan 23, 2014 5:08 PM

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China on Thursday put on trial two activists who agitated for officials to disclose assets, the second day in a series of prosecutions of anti-corruption campaigners that highlight the government's resolve to crush any challenges to its rule.

The trial of Zhao Changqing, a veteran Chinese dissident, was adjourned earlier on Thursday after he dismissed his two lawyers, a decision that would help him delay his case, one of his lawyers, Mr Zhang Xuezhong, told Reuters by telephone.

China's government has waged a 10-month drive against the"New Citizens' Movement", of which Zhao was a member. The movement advocates working within the system to press for change, including urging officials to disclose their assets.

Zhao initiated dinner gatherings in Beijing where citizens discussed the campaign to urge disclosure. He is charged with"gathering a crowd to disturb public order", punishable by up to five years in prison.

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