China’s Government Takes Steps to Suppress Anti-Communist Activists

By Julie Inglese

Human Rights Watch reports that China has arrested 50 activists since March, in order to rein in dissent of the Communist regime. This included the rest of Xu Zhiyong, “the most prominent activist jailed since Noble Peace Prize winner Liu Viaobo in 2009,” according to BusinessWeek

Xu Zhiyong, a civil rights lawyer, is known in part for founding the New Citizens’ Movement, an alliance of activists that promotes rule of law and democracy in China. 

“Any kind of challenge to the authorities in the form of organized movement is still a big red line,” Maya Wang, a researcher with Human Rights Watch, told BusinessWeek. Xu’s sentence of four years has proven this.