Scuffles as Chinese human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang stands trial

December 14, 2015 5:26 AM

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Scuffles as Chinese human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang stands trial

(CNN)Outspoken Chinese human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang went on trial in Beijing Monday, accused of "picking quarrels" and "inciting ethnic hatred" after a series of social media posts.

According to his indictment, Pu had made seven comments on the Twitter-like Weibo between July 2011 and May 2014 -- three criticized government officials and a pro-government author, while the rest were critical of Chinese policy in ethnically divided Tibet and Xinjiang.

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