25 Feb '11, 6pm

China activists charged over 'Jasmine rally' call

China activists charged over 'Jasmine rally' call

BEIJING: Police have levelled subversion charges against several top activists who urged Middle East-style protests in China, in what appears to be a severe crackdown on dissent, rights groups said on Friday. Ahead of an appeal for fresh "Jasmine rallies" in 13 Chinese cities on Sunday, skittish authorities in Beijing called the foreign press into line, telephoning journalists and using state media to reiterate the reporting rules. More than 100 activists have been subjected to interrogation, house arrest and other restrictions or have "disappeared" since the online "Jasmine" campaign first surfaced last week, the Chinese Human Rights Defenders said. Police are now beginning to file charges against those rounded up, CHRD director Renee Xia said in a statement. "The numbers point to a bad situation that is only getting worse," Xia said. "In the matter of a few days, we have...

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