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Amid Crackdown, Chinese Rights Lawyer Goes on Trial

A prominent Chinese human rights lawyer who campaigned against official corruption went on trial Wednesday, as part of what critics say is an effort by Beijing to silence dissent.   Xu Zhiyong is the founder of the New Citizens Movement, a grassroots civil awareness group that urges Chinese officials to disclose their assets and pushes for education equality.   The 40-year-old was arrested in August and charged with "disturbing public order." He played a key part in...

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