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Political Movements

Families vow to fight on

Security was tightened in Tiananmen Square and other sensitive spots in Beijing yesterday, with the authorities jittery about activities and gatherings to commemorate the 23rd anniversary of the crackdown on the student-led democracy movement.

Tuesday, 5 June, 2012, 12:00am

Pen is subject to the sword

'You either abandon your ideals, or you risk being arrested,' a mainland dissident writer said this month.

'I've not written for nearly a year, I daren't take media interviews any more, I can't meet with other writers and I've given up taking part in political activities,' said the writer, who requested anonymity for fear of reprisals.

13 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Dissident 'questioned by police for seven hours'

Hu Jia, one of the mainland's most high-profile dissidents, said he was questioned by police for more than seven hours yesterday and warned that he could be detained again if he continues campaigning on behalf of fellow activists.

13 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Activist accuses West of 'failing' jailed dissidents

Mainland dissidents have remained in prison because foreign governments have not exerted enough pressure on Beijing to release them, a spokeswoman for a New York-based rights group said yesterday.

11 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

No release from oppression

Hu Jia has always felt a sense of solidarity with the underprivileged, the weak and the oppressed. But when he started fighting for their rights about a decade ago, he could not have known his public spirit would one day land him in the gravest trouble.

26 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Beijing pledges to strengthen law enforcement

Beijing vowed to strengthen law enforcement - aiming to build a more accountable, transparent and cleaner government - amid growing public discontent and social conflict.

10 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Why are China's rulers still so afraid of its people?

A man of conscience and courage has been jailed for speaking his mind. Liu Xiaobo , one of China's best-known dissidents and co-author of Charter 08, was handed an unusually harsh sentence of 11 years on Friday for inciting subversion of state power. His treatment offends any sense of decency. A grave injustice has been committed in the name of state security.

27 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Despite crackdowns, a few still dream of greater freedom

Twenty years after the tumultuous months of protests and hunger strikes, the ideals that millions of mainland Chinese pursued now seem a distant memory.

29 May 2009 - 12:00am

20 years on, exiles plan events to mark June 4 crackdown

Some of the exiled leaders of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests are planning activities to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the June 4 crackdown next year. They have pledged to investigate and expose the 'truths' that the authorities covered up.

2 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Activist jailed for subversion

Case condemned as pre-Olympic crackdown; court calls term lenient

Prominent human rights activist Hu Jia was jailed yesterday for 31/2 years after being found guilty of 'subverting the state', a verdict that drew international condemnation.

4 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Beijing silences 'one-man rights organisation'

A little after 1am on December 27, human rights advocate Hu Jia finished an article on the situation of the wife and two children of dissident Guo Feixiong , and hit the send button, pushing the e-mail to his list of recipients around the world - diplomats, journalists, human rights organisations and others who are interested in human rights on the mainland.

27 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Rising star tries to clarify concept of 'intraparty democracy'

One of the Communist Party's most prominent new-generation stars tried yesterday to decode the hot political jargon of 'intraparty democracy', giving a glimpse of what is on the agenda for the world's biggest political organisation in the foreseeable future.

2 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Human rights lawyer says he was tortured

Prominent Beijing human rights lawyer Li Heping says he was abducted outside his law offices by unidentified men at the weekend, driven to a remote spot outside the city and beaten for about four hours.

3 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Lessons to be learned from the tragedy of Tiananmen incident

The responses to my letter ('Crackdown was necessary, May 26) from Andrew Tay and Terry Scott ('Numbers game not the point in the shooting of unarmed people', May 29) are to be expected.

They are fathers and /or brothers but they are not politicians. When we judge an historic event we must view it from the perspective of the whole country and its 1.3 billion people.

4 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Out of the shadows

Not long ago, some commentators were still talking down Hong Kong by pointing to Macau's slightly higher per capita gross domestic product.

14 May 2007 - 12:00am