29 Mar '11, 9am

China charges two activists amid Jasmine protests crackdown

BEIJING: China has formally arrested two activists on charges of "inciting subversion" amid a widening crackdown on dissent linked to calls for "Jasmine" protests, rights groups said Tuesday. Ding Mao and Ran Yunfei were both detained in the southwestern province of Sichuan in February and have been formally accused of "inciting subversion of state power" amid calls for protests emulating those sweeping the Arab world. According to the Hong Kong-based Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, the family of Ding, who was once jailed for his involvement in the 1989 Tiananmen democracy protests, was formally notified of the charges Monday. The 43-year-old had passed on information about anonymous online calls for people to join strolling rallies inspired by the Middle East and North Africa uprisings every Sunday in dozens of cities around China, it added. The charges...

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