Two Prominent Chinese Activists Set for Trial on Public Order Charges

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Authorities in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou will try two prominent rights activists on Friday on public order offenses after they took part in street protests for press freedom and called for greater government transparency and protection for human rights.

Activists Yang Maodong, better known by his nickname Guo Feixiong, and Sun Sihuo, better known as Sun Desheng, will stand trial at the Tianhe District People’s Court in Guangzhou on charges of “gathering a crowd to disrupt public order.”

Both men were detained in August 2013, several months after taking part in anti-censorship protests outside the cutting-edge Southern Weekly newspaper buildings in Guangzhou, and after they called on Chinese leaders to declare details of their own and their families’ assets.

“[Guo Feixiong] will be pleading not guilty, and has prepared a very full defense,” his defense lawyer Zhang Lei told RFA after visiting his client in the Tianhe District Detention Center on Thursday. “We were able to discuss some of the details of tomorrow’s trial.”

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