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Activists, lawyers arrested in China during year-end holidays (organizations)

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — International human rights organizations announced Thursday that about 10 Chinese lawyers and human rights activists have been arrested or interrogated in the last days of 2019, due to organizing a meeting on the end of the one-party in China.

The ruling Communist Party of China does not tolerate any threat to its authority. He has led several arrests of opponents since President Xi Jinping came to power at the end of 2012.

The latest campaign is linked to a special meeting organized in December in the city of Xiamen (east), during which the attendees addressed the issue of “democratic transition in China,” according to Wang Yakyu, a researcher with the London-based Human Rights Watch.

The Chinese authorities usually take advantage of the year-end holidays to stop dissidents, given the relative decline in the level of Western media coverage during this period.

One of the people arrested since December 26, said Ding Jiaqi, a lawyer whose name has been crossed out from the bar association and an anti-corruption advocate and supporter of political reforms, is one of those arrested since December 26.

At least seven people were released after their arrest and interrogation.

The Chinese organization pointed out the inaccessibility of anti-corruption activist Xu Zhiyong, who is the founder of a movement calling for transparency in the wealth of political officials, as well as Tang Jingling, a human rights lawyer who had been arrested in the past.

The campaign of arrests shows that the authorities “never tolerate, even in the face of a private debate on issues such as democracy and human rights,” according to Patrick Boone, a researcher at Amnesty International.

The Chinese organization pointed out that five activists were interrogated in Jinhua City in Zhejiang Province (east) on December 29, after having dinner with one of the participants in that meeting, and that a lawyer was interrogated in Shijiazhuang (north) on New Year’s Eve night .

The police did not give answers in response to AFP questions to comment on the reports.

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