China Rights Activist Trial Opens; Tight Security

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

BEIJING (AP) - The trial of a Chinese activist who has led a grassroots campaign demanding a fairer society and official accountability to better fight corruption started in Beijing, while police blocked journalists and supporters from getting near the court.

Xu Zhiyong stood trial Wednesday at a Beijing court, accused of disrupting public order. The charge stems from small protests authorities say he helped organize to call for education equality or the disclosure of public officials' assets to curb corruption.

Diplomats from the U.S., European Union and Britain who turned up to attend the trial say they are being held in a room in the courthouse. This effectively separates them from journalists and others.

Police stationed around the courthouse and at the nearest subway station were preventing reporters and supporters from getting near.


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