Chinese Police Scuffle With Protesters At Free Speech Champion's Trial

December 14, 2015 1:14 PM

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Chinese Police Scuffle With Protesters At Free Speech Champion's Trial

BEIJING -- One of China’s most prominent human rights lawyers, Pu Zhiqiang, stood trial Monday while police and plainclothes enforcers violently confronted his supporters, journalists and foreign diplomats gathered outside the courtroom.

Human rights groups described Pu’s trial as “an act of political persecution,” marking another milestone in a continuing crackdown on civil society under President Xi Jinping that has seen activists, lawyers and artists imprisoned. During Pu’s trial, a few dozen supporters gathered and chanted “Pu Z...

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