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China: Crackdown escalates ahead of leadership change

Headline Title:  China: Crackdown escalates ahead of leadership change 02 November 2012 The Chinese authorities are intensifying a crackdown against dissidents ahead of the imminent transition of power in the country, Amnesty International warned on Friday. More than 100 activists have been rounded-up in recent weeks as the government looks to stifle criticism and prevent protests ahead of the 18th Communist Party Congress that begins in Beijing on 8 November. The politically sensitive Party Congress will mark the start of the once in a decade change of leadership. “As a new generation…

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