Families ‘Shocked’ Over Subversion Charge For Chinese Rights Lawyers

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An undated photo of Tang Jingling.

Photo courtesy of Tang’s wife Wang Yanfang

Authorities in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou have formally arrested prominent human rights lawyer Tang Jingling and two other lawyers on subversion charges after initially detaining them on lesser charges, sources said.

The formal arrest of Tang followed his detention last month on charges of “causing a disturbance,” which carries a potentially lighter jail term.

The authorities are charging him with “incitement to subvert state power, which is highly unlikely, because he followed a policy of peaceful non-cooperation,” Tang’s wife Wang Yanfang told RFA after tweeting about the arrest notice at the weekend.


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