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19 November 2017 07:04 (South Africa)

No fooling around in China as it indicts top dissident for subversion

Chinese police have now indicted the country’s most prominent dissident, Liu Xiaobo, who has already been a full-time guest of the state for a year without charges, after helping craft a high-profile manifesto calling for deep democratic reforms in China. This takes Liu a step closer to a trial, but at least ending months of uncertainty for family and supporters. His lawyer said the report alleges Liu incited to subvert state power with the essays he posted online as well as by helping draft “Charter 08”, a direct appeal for more civil rights in China. There have been numerous international appeals for Liu's release, including one signed by Wole Soyinka, Nadine Gordimer and Umberto Eco. The indictment will almost certainly encourage new lobbying on his behalf. For more, read the AP

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